With the Essential Elements Collection it is not about the size in the label, it is really about how a customer wants their knit garment to fit. So we developed a system that uses seven (7) Fit Numbers.
With the exception of scarves and other accessories and our one-size -fit-all garments, the sizing of our garments are all developed around the pattern for the basic dress. The tops and tunics are developed with the same base patterns and carry the same fit. Coats and jackets are designed to be worn over the dress and have additional wearing ease built in. Once you know your correct Fit Number and Silhouette in the basic dress, you can order comfortably online for all of the pieces in the collection.
So grab a measuring tape and take a moment to Find Your Fit. Before you begin, we recommend you download the Fit, Style and Color Guide below. It contains all of the fitting information below, plus information on all the style features and colors and has a place to record all of your information. We've even included a measuring tape you can print, cut and tape together in case you don't have one handy.
Only YOU know how you want your knit dresses to fit. Do you like for them to hug your body, skim your body or fit loosely over your body?
This is a personal decision based on many factors, including how positive you feel about your body. Fashion is more inclusive than ever, and we are way past the point where fuller figures are hiding under clothing that hangs loose and hides their curves.
Women of all sizes and ages are wearing body contouring clothing, being very comfortable in their skin (and skin-tight apparel.) However, on the flip side, there will always be those, regardless of age or size, who prefer a loose fit or those who prefer a fit that is perceived as being modest or more appropriate in some arenas (i.e. the office). So STEP 1 is knowing yourself.
Before you take your measurements make sure to wear undergarments that you would normally wear under a knit garment.
Take your body measurements at the bust, waist and hip. We also recommend taking them at the tummy because that measurement may actually be larger than the hip.
Your waist measurement should be taken at the natural waistline. Bend to the side and measure at the place your bend.
Measure approximately 4" below your waist for your Tummy measurement.
Measure around the hip at the widest point. Make sure the measuring tape also goes around the fullest point of the butt.
The Fit Number you select will be based on how you want your garment to fit. Because the garments are knits, they will stretch over the body. With each Fit Number there is an associated range of measurements given for the bust, waist and hips. Each range of measurements starts with the actual measurement of the garment without it being stretched. The dress will stretch approximately 4” beyond the actual measurement of the garment.
Please note: The chart above also gives associated ranges of approximate letter and numerical sizes. Size measurements today are as varied as the manufacturers that use them. So, use this only to give you a general idea of where to start.
We offer two silhouettes in our basic dress, a contoured silhouette that will allow a closer fit in the waist for those whose waistlines are proportionally smaller than their bust and hips, and a straight silhouette for those whose waistline measurements are more in line with their bust and hip. The straight silhouette is also better suited for those who simply prefer more room in the waistline.
We love helping our customers! If you have questions or need help determining your best fit, simply give us a call at 334.213.9552.
Press the ORDER button below to go straight to the Essential Elements Collection section of our shopping cart. It is helpful to have the Fit, Style and Color Guide handy when you order. You'll have to choose your Fit Number, your Silhouette and the Style Features you want. Additionally, you'll be required to enter your color(s).