A very common mistake when clothes shopping is the failure to perform a Sit Test.
Most of us remember to check the three-way mirror, look at all sides of the outfit, and all angles in different lighting. Too often, shoppers forget to sit down in the outfit prior to purchase. It is something so simple, just sit down. Most stores have a bench or chair in the fitting room – use it! Walk around and sit in different height chairs, wiggle around, lean back, and lean forward as if buckling a shoe strap, for a complete Sit Test of the outfit.
Think about what you will be doing in your outfit. A standing/walking only event, like a pageant, it is critical to walk around in the dress and stop to pose. For the majority of events you will sit at some point, eating at a table, transportation to the event, sit to rest, and you will probably need to use the bathroom at some point.
Be sure to sit in skirts or dresses that are tight fitting around the hips before you buy, these are the most likely to be uncomfortably snug. The worst case is to sit for the first time and split a seam, or tear the outfit, on your way to the event!
When buying a gown or outfit for a major event like a wedding or prom you will be photographed sitting just as much as standing. Sit in a couple different style chairs before you buy. Practice how you will pose for sitting photographs before the event for the most flattering shots.
If you are comfortable in your outfit you will be more confident and more attractive in photos! It is simple and easy, and can save you hassle, perform the Sit Test anytime you are trying on clothes.