The 5 Top Rated Dresses From Nordstrom Are Insanely Flattering
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The 5 Top Rated Dresses From Nordstrom Are Insanely Flattering.
Where to use it: More than 30 retailers, mostly international, including Acne Studios, Asos (its U.K. site), and Esprit.
Look for: "Virtusize" or "Fit Visualizer" on the retailer's website.
Men or women: Esprit is offering it on select women's styles. I Love Ugly is a New Zealnd Men's retailer offering the tool. Other retailers offer it mostly for women's apparel, but some of the overseas stores—such as Asos, Acne, and Monsoon—include a few men's styles.
How it works: This tool compares the size of a garment you already own to the size of the garment you would like to purchase. You can either find an item you own that's already listed on the site, or measure something you have in your closet and enter the information. Our reporter picked a skirt from her closet and entered its waistband measurement (across the skirt when laid flat, not her waist measurement) and the distance from waist to hem. Virtusize then showed a silhouette of the skirt she was considering overlaid on an outline of the skirt she already owned. You can click into different sizes to see how each one stacks up against the already-owned sample garment. You then choose your size based on the comparison.
Our take: The Virtusize models offer a cool way to see how things really fit, and you don't have to measure yourself. We can't wait for this to roll out on the sites of more U.S. retailers.