Most clothes look better when they're snug, like, say, a pair of denim jeans, but not every item in your closet has to fit you like a glove. Sometimes, a slightly looser fit can be a more flattering and stylish option. Try out these pieces in a bigger size before heading to the cashier:
1. Bodycon Dresses
While bodycon dresses are intended to be form-fitting, the outline of one's undergarments tends to annoyingly peek through. For a more seamless effect, try getting the next size! More often than not, a slightly looser fit will fall better on your curves. Most importantly, it leaves room for your body to breathe. As Cheat Sheet points out, "If your dress is so form-fitting you have to suck in your gut the entire time you have it on, it’s safe to consider it too tight."
P.S. As sizes vary per store, some large sizes may be a little too loose for you, so it's always your call whether to go up a size or not.
If you're looking to update your wardrobe, the simplest way to do it is to own a blazer in a bigger size. As Pam Quinones advised during an interview with Female Network, "A bold-shouldered blazer is an elevated basic you can add to your closet. Think '80s and oversized because you can wear it as a blazer or as a dress. Also, the shape adds a lot of sharpness to your look and at the same time, it’s very modern, so that’s a really good [wardrobe] upgrade."
She also shared tips on how to style an oversized blazer: "I would wear it as a dress but with a mini skirt underneath that doesn’t show so much just to be safe. I would also wear it with a pair of jeans, leggings or a long dress."
TRY: Mango Modal-Blend Suit Blazer, P4,995, available online
3. Button-down shirt
Consider reserving your well-fitted polo for professional occasions. A looser button-down shirt is a chic piece to wear for your casual day-offs. With its relaxed fit, it gives off an appearance that's both classy and effortless (just be sure to opt for crisp fabrics like cotton if you want to avoid looking sloppy.)
FN Tip: You can style it with a high-waisted pair of denim pants or black skinny jeans. Don't forget to roll up those sleeves!
T-shirts are prone to shrinking, so it can actually be wise to get a larger size. As Pure Wow reports, "With the quality kinds being largely comprised of cotton, you’re at risk of dryer shrinkage of up to 20 percent."
FN Tip: You can balance out a loose tee with a more fitted bottom to keep it from overwhelming your frame.
Ed's note: Follow these tips when shopping at the mall—not online—to avoid returns!