I hate trying on clothes. As a consequence, I have many items in my closet with tags still on, which didn’t fit once I finally tried them on at home and I intended to return but of course never did. I still don’t have an answer for finding a top that fits without trying it on, but I’ve discovered a neat trick for jeans! Here’s how to employ the neck test:
- Button or snap the jeans (or any pants for that matter)
- Wrap the waistband around your neck.
- Determine if they will fit: If they touch or overlap slightly, you have a winner! If they don’t reach all the way around your neck, I’m sorry to report that they will also likely not make it around your waist.
- Note that this only works for pants that fit at the waist. Lower-rise jeans probably still require trying-on.
Being a former science reporter, I have to say I was a bit skeptical about this method. So I did some Googling, and found this experiment. The researchers found that in most cases is actually does work. But I would recommend trying it out with pants that fit you before testing it out at the store. I imagine if you’ve given birth or with certain body types, the neck test might not be 100% reliable.
There you have it! Let me know if you try it, and if it was successful.[Photo via JustGirlyThings.co]