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3 Tests to Make Sure Your Work Clothes Fit Perfectly

May 19, 2015

When it comes to professional womenswear, fit is everything. There’s a Goldilocks-like code: not too loose, not too tight, but just right. So how do you know what’s “just right ?” Here are three tests we developed for how clothes should fit—and how you can apply it to your work wardrobe.

1. The VPL (Visible Panty Line) Test

Wear bikini underwear (not a thong!), and try on your outfit. Turn your back to the mirror. Move your hips, bend over, twerk if you must. If you can see your underwear lines, your outfit is too tight.

2. The Bow Test

Wear your normal work bra. Stand in front of a mirror and bow deeply. When you reach a 90° angle, look up at the mirror while holding your bow. If you can see your cleavage or any part of your bra, the cut of your top is too low.

3. The Taxi Test

Simulate stepping into a cab by lifting your leg. Can you manage to lift it comfortably without stressing any seams? If not, your outfit is too tight, and more importantly, impractical. You’re a woman on the go! Make sure you can move in your clothes.

For more advice on how to be the best-dressed person in your office, check out our guide to building your ultimate professional uniform.

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