GET OUT YOUR TAPE MEASURE
Ever ordered a pretty plant pot only to realise none of your plants fit in it?
“You’d be surprised how often people order items for their home without checking the measurements, especially smaller items like cushions and side tables,” says Daniela. “Check the measurements before ordering anything, and with bulky items, map out the size of it on the floor, using leftover cardboard or household items – just to get an idea of how it will fit in that space.”
Make friends with your measuring tape for clothes, too. “Sizing varies significantly across brands, so a size 14 in one shop isn’t a size 14 in another,” says Daniela. “Check the size guide before buying and take your own measurements to ensure something will fit. With some brands, like Zara, you can input your weight, height, age and bra size and they recommend a size. Check the length too, so you don’t order a midi dress and find it’s more like a maxi! Also, some fabrics and fastenings will have more give in them, so a dress with an elasticated waistband is more likely to fit than something with a zip.”