What is My Size?
As we discussed in The History of Sizing, finding the right measurements for a garment is rarely as easy as it may seem. In the beautiful diversity of the human body, there comes a new set of challenges when creating a mass amount of the same garment. However, with modern discoveries and continued research in the fashion industry, we are finding more and more ways to create inclusive sizing options for as many body types as possible.
There are many different considerations that we take when determining the garments we will carry. For example, the material of a garment can have a large impact on the measurements. Consider this: if a garment is made out of a stretchier fabric that gives more to the body size, it may be determined that a little less fabric is needed than say a fabric that has very little or no give at all.
The Air Waves team is constantly researching different specifications and measurements available for our clients. Along with industry research, we use many other tools such as grading guides when creating our specifications for garments. We also regularly try fit samples on real people at our facility to ensure we get our sizing correct.
There is always more room for accuracy. One way our industry can improve starting today is by clearly stating a model’s height, weight and what size garment they are wearing when using on-model imagery online or in person.
How to Order Sizes in Bulk
While there are many different factors that go into how you order your merchandise, one of the biggest factors is determining what size of a product is most likely to sell. Before you place an order, we recommend looking at what size you currently sell the most of and base your size quantities off of that. Use it as a guide; for example, if you determine you sell 4 larges for every 1 small you sell, then you would want to order 4x as many larges.
Another determining factor in process is who you are planning to order for. Men’s, Women’s, Boys and Girls sizes all vary depending on the manufacturer and their standards. Typically, you will find that Men’s sizes will run slightly larger and will have a more boxy cut to them. If a garment is marketed to both men/women/etc., it would then be considered a unisex garment. Most often, this would be a very basic t-shirt or sweatshirt style. At Air Waves, we currently carry different body styles for boys and girls. Our boys tee is a traditional t-shirt cut while the girls tee is a bit more fitted. We also carry some dress styles.
Where to Start
Feeling overwhelmed in your ordering process? Or are you not sure where to start when hiring a manufacturing partner for your garments? Contact Air Waves today to find your answers.