Sizing + Fit + Fabric

Sizing and Fit

While shopping at 218 Clothing and Gift, our hope is that you find a new garment that looks great and ultimately fits you great too! We understand how disappointing a bad fit can be, and want to provide tips for the best shopping experience.

  • Be sure to read the sizing recommendation on each product listing. Watch for words such as slim fit, true to size, or relaxed fit. Take this size recommendation into account when choosing your size; size up or down accordingly depending on how you like your clothing to fit.
  • Take note if the product is a unisex fit or specifically a women's fit.
  • In the product description, watch for the sizing chart that provides measurements of the garment when laid flat. Tip: compare these measurements to any favorite-fitting garment you already own to compare dimensions.

Also, try looking at multiple sizing charts and compare product to product. This will give you a feel of how our garments are different from each other. One sweatshirt from us may not always fit and feel the same as another sweatshirt we sell. At 218, we source many different garments from multiple manufacturers and brands. It's important to know that different products may fit differently.


Fabric Care to Reduce Pilling

During normal wear and tear, clothing garments are prone to pilling. Pilling will happen in areas of clothing that tend to get the most abrasion from day to day use such as under the arms, on shoulders from backpacks and purses, and across the chest from seat belts. 

Although we don’t have the perfect fabric that stops all pilling, we do have a few tricks to reduce the pilling and keep your garment looking it’s best. Heads up, all of these tips involve reducing friction and abrasion on the fabric.

Tips for reducing pilling:

  1. Turn your garment inside out while washing. This will protect the outer, visible layer and let the interior take most of the abrasion.
  2. Use a gentle wash cycle. The shorter wash cycle and the gentler agitation will go easier on the garment.
  3. Separate your laundry. Don’t wash heavy jeans with a more delicate, soft shirt—that’s extra abrasion it doesn’t need. Also, all those metal buttons and zippers are no good being tumbled around inside your washer with your new favorite hoodie.
  4. Wash linty items like towels separately from your clothing. Chances are that loose, extra lint inside your washing machine will cling to clothing to increase pill sizes.
  5. Even though you’d like to save time, don’t overfill your washing machine. Give your clothing room to swish around and be washed freely. 
  6. To reduce even more friction, opt for line-drying or just partial drying inside the dryer to go easy on the fabric.