Fitbay’s “Size Finder”: Finding a Frock in a Haystack

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Shopping for clothing is one of my most hated activities. There’s nothing more upsetting for me than trying to shop in normal high street stores and trying on clothes that will never fit me. But while online shopping takes this experience out of the mix, it does have its own risks with ordering incorrect sizing when working only off of photos. What is one to do in such a situation? Maybe, there’s another way.

Fitbay is like social media for your body and fashion. You create an account and input your biometrics: height, weight, age, etc. (Note: You can set any of these to private.) Then you upload pictures of your outfits. By tagging each article of clothing with the brand and size, you give other users with similar biometrics the opportunity to see how clothing fits on a real person of your size.

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A screenshot of the Fitbay Size Finder tool.

Fitbay was helpful before by allowing you to follow others with similar body types, but a new update has taken it one step further: the Size Finder. This new feature lets users select a brand, gender (Men’s/Women’s), and type of clothing (tops, jeans, dresses, etc.). It then takes your biometrics and finds users with similar biometrics that have tagged that brand of clothing in their submitted outfits. From this, it can then suggest your size for that brand, based on the sizes other users have submitted. It also shows you alternative sizes that may fit as well. All of this is accompanied by pictures of the outfits used to calculate your results, so you can see exactly why it suggested the size it did. The database isn’t huge just yet; it only shows suggestions for outfits that have been tagged. But as Fitbay grows, so will the brands and sizes available.

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