Finding Your Perfect Size


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Having spent many years hating the thought of going into a mall only to scour the racks for hours in quest of the perfect outfit, I just knew once I lost the weight I would join the ranks of those loving to spend a Saturday afternoon with their girlfriends taking in some nice retail therapy. However, that has not been quite the case.

One of the most frustrating aspects to shopping for me is going into a store and having no clue what size I wear. Because there is no standard size for clothing, I literally have to take two or three different sizes into the fitting room with me to try on. I can wear anything from a size 4 to a size 10 and in some cases a 12. There was once a time that I knew my size, but that is not the case anymore. It all comes down to trial and error. This includes every article of clothing from my running gear to casual wear to evening wear. It has become such a chore to go shopping that once I find the so-called 'perfect' pair of jeans I buy in bulk just so that I can avoid the trials of having to try on hundreds of different styles to find yet again the 'perfect' pair.

But what if there was a way to find the perfect article of clothing in the brands you wear which would fit your measurements to a T simply by stepping into a size matching scanning station for 10 seconds, would you do it?

Last week I was watching my local morning news show when one of the reporters did a story on a new fangled way of getting the proper fit for a variety of clothing brands without having to step in each store and trying on clothes for hours.The answer may be just a mall trip away.  

Several of our local malls here in the Dallas area are now offering a service by a company called Me-Ality. This free service allows any individual, male or female, the opportunity to step into the size matching station scanner for 10 seconds after which the client is then given a printout of clothing brands and the sizes that are tailored just for them based on the measurment feedback after one is scanned.

The reporter tried on various brands of jeans and amazingly they all fit her perfectly. While I have not personally used this service, it would most definitely be something I would consider.  Unfortunately this service is only available in a few areas of the country—Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, but according to their website, they are adding new locations for future malls, so check the website frequently to see if it is in your area.

With so many of us having so little time to spend hours at the mall going from store to store trying to find the perfect pair of jeans and pants, the Me-Ality scanning station may just be the answer you need to help take away the frustrations of looking for that perfect outfit.

Would you use this service if it was available to you? Have you used this service? If so, did you find it helpful?

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  • 86
    Yesterday I tried on three tops that all fit the same. One was Misses Large, one was Misses Extra Large, and one was Woman's Size 1X. How does one explain??? - 4/6/2012   9:57:10 PM
  • 85
    I don't go through the scanner at the airport so I"m pretty sure I won't be using this service. And I HATE trying on clothes. - 3/6/2012   1:23:26 PM
  • 84
    As long as they don't save the data so other people can access your information, I'd more than likely try it. - 3/4/2012   11:54:20 AM
  • PEANUT883
    Men have it so easy. - 3/3/2012   11:14:03 PM
    I will totally try one of these. Like many of you I have to grab many pieces to try cause I don't know my size. I go from a size 6_10 depends on to cut and brand very frustrating. - 3/3/2012   5:29:45 PM
  • 81
    The website says it is free, but does anyone know if they show you stores and sizes for plus size people? How about bras? - 3/3/2012   11:08:18 AM
    How can we get the stores in NJ to adopt this? This is a constant source of frustration for me as well. - 3/3/2012   7:41:15 AM
  • 79
    There is one by me! I am totally going! - 3/3/2012   7:27:41 AM
  • 78
    i would use this and really it would make me very hapopy to b able to c what size i do wear. - 3/2/2012   11:11:26 PM
  • 77
    I would use the service!!! With the weightloss I have body changes. I now no longer know my size! - 3/2/2012   1:50:20 PM
  • 76
    ok... I'm ready to fly to Phoenix for this:) - 3/2/2012   10:36:00 AM
  • 75
    totally! r u kidding me? why wouldnt you want to end the frustration?!
    - 3/1/2012   7:29:51 PM
  • 74
    I would absolutely use the service!!! - 3/1/2012   10:35:55 AM
  • 73
    I would use it!! I don't mind shopping, it is having to try on everything that annoys me! I agree with some of the above posts about the need for standardized sizing. I think in designers, manufacturers minds they do have standardized sizing...size 0, tall!!!!! - 3/1/2012   3:32:34 AM
  • 72
    Man, I would do something like that in a heartbeat! I HATE clothes shopping! It would be great to be able to go get the right size. I am skeptical though as I once ordered 3 pairs of pants from Penney's all the same size. One was just right, one was too tight and one too big. Same style, size etc. only difference was color! - 3/1/2012   1:01:06 AM
  • 71
    I love the idea - no doubt it will take on and become a more widespread service. Thanks for the future look! - 2/29/2012   11:48:36 PM
  • 70
    since I do 99% of my shopping via net, that service would be a blessing. - 2/29/2012   8:01:12 PM
  • 69
    I live in the Phoenix metro area and have seen these booths in the mall. I wonder how they make their money if they are a free service. I have not tried it. - 2/29/2012   7:53:19 PM
  • 68
    Great idea. I'd use it if it was available and free or very low cost. - 2/29/2012   7:05:23 PM
  • 67
    I would use it in a heartbeat! I hate going shopping for clothing for that very reason! - 2/29/2012   7:02:45 PM
  • 66
    It sounds like a great idea. Yes I would definitely use it. Its better than fumbling around trying to figure out your true size! - 2/29/2012   6:49:28 PM
  • 65
    Yes I would love to have the opportunity to use this. I think this is the main reason that I dislike shopping. You have to try on so many sizes of the same item in order to get the right one. It seems like such a waste of time. - 2/29/2012   5:40:17 PM
  • 64
    I live near King of Prussia Mall. Will have to check this out.
    - 2/29/2012   3:28:01 PM
    Sounds wonderful!! According to the website - it's a free service! - 2/29/2012   2:43:59 PM
  • 62
    Not in a million years. - 2/29/2012   2:05:45 PM
  • 61
    How much does the service cost? - 2/29/2012   2:01:24 PM
  • 60
    Wow This needs to be world wide. I have never had so much trouble finding clothes that fit me. When I think I have it down order online I get either too Big (which is nice) or too tight(bummer) I hate to shop because of this. I do agree to when I do find the perfect fit I do buy in bulk so I don't have to shop anytime soon. Thanks for sharing. - 2/29/2012   1:25:20 PM
  • 59
    Wow, this sounds too cool. I recently within the past few years have worn anywhere from a size 6 to a size 10. I want to know my true size. I think I'm an 8 but I don't know depending on the brand of clothes. Very frustrating!!! - 2/29/2012   12:45:48 PM
    58 is always coming up to fill a need somehow. I think I would try out this service. I have been losing weight do NOT have a clue on what to wear. I been putting french seams in what I own to modify what is already in the closet. I use to sew many of my clothes back in the olden days. Once it got cheaper to buy ready it's called do I remember all those steps in garment construction??? - 2/29/2012   11:41:16 AM
  • 57
    I actually, for a moment, considered cutting my vacation stay back east one day short to travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, 11 hours round trip, to visit a scanning station in King of Prussia mall LOL Oy!
    That's a yes - I would, and will, absolutely try this when it's available closer to home.
    C~ - 2/29/2012   11:08:22 AM
  • 56
    I think I would at least try the machine. But it will be a long time before one shows up here on the Gulf Coast. I'm so tired of clothes not fitting and I don't like shopping! Especially since I'm 5'4" so have to go with petite sizes. - 2/29/2012   10:50:33 AM
  • 55
    Having lost a few more pounds (on top of the 70 already lost) I just spent FIVE hours last Friday looking for a new pair of jeans, cute top and some work out clothes - all in one store. I went from hopeful and excited as I walked the aisles to feeling daunted by how many items were headed to the fitting room with me... to exhausted and disappointed after trying everything on. I swore this was the last time I would subject myself to this particular form of torture... until the next time I need new clothes and, like childbirth, I forget the pain and do it again. So yeah, I would totally use this scanner!!!

    Hmmm, should I drive 5 hours to Phoenix to save 5 hours shopping? - 2/29/2012   10:43:58 AM
    What a neat idea! I would do this in a heartbeat if it really works. I, too, stock up on jeans if I find a pair that fit. Right now I'm in a transition stage. My current size is too big, but the next size down doesn't quite fit yet. And, I too HATE SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES!! - 2/29/2012   10:13:04 AM
  • 53
    Probably wouldn't use it. No store bought clothes fit except a pair of Rockies they haven't made in 7 years! I have to make my own or buy mens, even shoe. My upper arms have always been to big for woman's clothes- even when I had a 26" waist. Must have been all the haying! - 2/29/2012   9:39:03 AM
  • 52
    I don't like shopping. It doesn't matter what size I am, I just don't like going shopping. For the last quarter century I have let my husband buy my clothes. With the sporatic size changes, he no longer knows what size to buy. Stepping into a machine that would scan my size for several different brands would be great for both of us, but mostly him :) - 2/29/2012   9:20:11 AM
  • 51
    I went ahead and signed up to be notified when a location shows up near me. I'm 5' and pretty curvy. It's always hard to find something that fits nicely. And right now I'm sporting my jeans that no longer fit and using belts to hold them up. I refuse to spend money and my old tight jeans still look okay with a belt and I'm still trying to tone up! Love this though, would like to know brands of jeans and have a variety to choose from over my "old faithful" brands. - 2/29/2012   9:12:36 AM
  • 50
    This would be fantastic. I am tired of being excited about my weight loss to only go to the mall and the size that I am in so many things is far too small and then I get discouraged. I might have to plan a girls shopping trip to Chicago to do this! - 2/29/2012   9:07:37 AM
  • 49
    That is SO cool! I hope they bring it to DC. - 2/29/2012   8:45:57 AM
  • 48
    Hope I live long enough for such a cool tool to land in this back water!!! I'm so jealous:) - 2/29/2012   8:22:18 AM
  • KATEM200
    Interesting. I wonder what kind of scanner it is. You'd think it would have to be almost like the TSA scanners everyone was in an uproar about. I mean, I don't know if it uses the radiation, but it seems like they'd have to be creating that "naked" image of you to get the measurements. I always thought people were too concerned about that. But it's funny how everyone here is excited for an easy way to try on clothes and no comments about privacy and data retention policies the way people were with the airport scanners. - 2/29/2012   6:23:23 AM
  • 46
    I am quite surprised that after all this time they still have not put one in NYC. When they do get here the lines might be around the block.
    On another note I wonder if they can help me solve the problem of clothes that fit my hips and thighs but are too big at my waist. Apparently I have a size 4 waist but size 6 hips in most instances. - 2/29/2012   5:02:47 AM
    What an awesome idea! I can't wait to check this out, this will definitely save me much needed time to shop for other items. - 2/29/2012   12:59:20 AM
  • 44
    I just read that one of these is coming to my local mall! So excited! It's amazing how different the sizes are from store to store. - 2/29/2012   12:44:35 AM
  • 43
    I love this so much, I think I might have to find a reason to go to one of those cities so I can use it and get some clothes that fit! I hate, deplore, loath shopping and hauling size after size in the fitting room...I don't even care what the number on the tag is, give me something that fits. Pllleeaaaassseee..... - 2/28/2012   11:19:51 PM
  • 42
    Oh, would I ever! Must google to see where the nearest one is! - 2/28/2012   11:08:48 PM
  • 41
    I would *TOTALLY* use this!
    - 2/28/2012   10:52:09 PM
  • 40
    I would use it, even if it only helped with a pair of jeans. I like that it gives you sizes based on the brand. - 2/28/2012   10:10:23 PM
  • 39
    I would DEFINITELY use this. What a time saver it could be! - 2/28/2012   9:55:50 PM
  • 38
    I am an alterations expert. Untill there is a global standard of sizing which means a global standard metric or linear it can not happen. There is no standard to fit so many variables. It is an impossible task. Men have it easier they are much easier to tailr. With women the curves count. Now just think about our bust lines. Noe you see why it will never happen. If we all want to DRAPE ourselves as some cultures do it is easy. Now we all want so show off our curves it is an impossible task so you will just have to try on everything. To get perfection wear the right clothing underneath too. Pat in Maine. - 2/28/2012   9:50:27 PM
  • 37
    Sounds fantastic! I hope it become standard in all clothing stores. - 2/28/2012   8:54:11 PM

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