How to look fashionable and be comfortable at the same time - it’s possible!
Contrary to popular opinion, being fashionable does not have to mean sacrificing comfort. In fact, for us at Bourne Crisp, comfort is one of the most important aspects of any outfit.
As the old song goes, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile” and I doubt you’ll be smiling if you’re walking around all day in clothes that are pinching, rubbing, bunching or causing general discomfort. But how do you ensure the clothing you purchase will be fashionable and comfortable?
Get the right fit (even if it takes a long time)
It seems like an obvious one - if your clothes fit well they’re more likely to be comfortable. But it can be difficult to find clothes that are actually made to fit the human form. That’s because many companies nowadays opt to create boxy designs to save on fabric cost and construction time. This may be fine for clothes that are meant to be loose, but for fitted items it can make shopping a nightmare. That’s why it’s important to take the time to find an item or brand that you can trust to make pieces that are made for curves, not straight lines.
Feel the fabric
All of us have different sensitivities and preferences when it comes to the texture of fabric. If you are highly sensitive to rough or textured fabrics try rubbing the garment in question lightly against the skin on your face (sans makeup of course). This is the most sensitive part of your skin and will immediately highlight any potential discomfort that may occur from wearing the fabric for an extended period of time.
You may also want to look at the makeup of the fabric. Some added spandex will allow a little extra stretch in the garment. A high cotton content will mean the garment is a little more breathable than one with a high polyester content (although it will have to be ironed more frequently). All of these things are personal preference but will affect your comfort levels.
Check the construction
Looking at the inside of a garment will tell you a lot about whether or not it will be comfy to wear. Seams that are bulky, uneven, puckered or have been sewn over multiple times are a bad sign as they may rub. Check where the manufacturer has chosen to sew in any tags and how scratchy or soft they are. This will give you a quick insight into how much thought they have given user comfort in constructing the garment.
If it passes all these tests, even the most fashionable of garments can and should be comfortable… Unless you’re wearing a corset or 6-inch heels. But let‘s face it, in that case you are kind of asking for it.