At Alembika, we want to ensure that your shopping experience is enjoyable and that you receive clothing that fits you perfectly. 

So we’ve decided to answer some of the most common sizing questions we receive and provide guidance on how to choose the right size for your Alembika pieces. 

How does Alembika USA’s sizing differ from standard sizing charts?

One of the things that makes Alembika unique is that our sizing is a little more fluid. What we mean by that is that it’s not rigid and can actually cover a range of sizes and accommodate various body shapes.

For example:

  • Alembika size 6 is equivalent to a full US size 16.
  • Alembika size 7 can be either a US size 16/18 or 18/20, depending on the fabric and cut.
  • Alembika size 8 corresponds to a US size 20/22.

Remember that a size 6 in one style might fit differently from a size 6 in another, so be sure to check the specific product’s size chart.

Each Alembika product has a size chart to click on which looks like this:

Understanding your own body shape and measurements can help you choose the right size regardless of the brand. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

Flattering Styles for Pear Shape:

A-Line Dresses and Skirts: This style balances the pear shape by accentuating the waist and providing a more proportionate silhouette. An example is our Digi A-Line Dress in Marble. Bootcut or Wide-Leg Pants: They help to minimize the appearance of wider hips and thighs, creating a more balanced look. An example is our Tekbika Bootcut Leggings in Black.

Flattering Styles for Apple Shape:

Empire Waist Dresses and Tops: These help create the illusion of a smaller waist while accommodating a larger midsection by flowing over the stomach and creating a flattering drape. An example is our Unstoppable Cocoon Dress in Red. V-Neck Tops and Dresses: These draw attention upward, making the upper body appear longer and slimmer. This can help balance the proportions for apple-shaped individuals by creating a more elongated and flattering look. An example is our Hypnotic Signature V Neck Top in Silver.

Flattering Styles for Hourglass Shape:

Wrap Dresses and Shirt Dresses: They flatter the curves by highlighting the narrow waist and balancing the bust and hips. An example is our Tekbika Signature Pocket Dress in Black. Pencil Jacket: These tops accentuate the natural curves while maintaining a defined waist. They’re a classic choice for showcasing the hourglass figure. An example is our Savvy Pencil Jacket in Black.

Can you provide guidance on best dress lengths for petite, regular, and tall women?

To find your perfect size for dresses with different lengths, we recommend checking Alembika’s detailed size chart provided on our website. This chart includes information on the length of each garment, helping you choose the right size for your height and preferences. 

A midi dress typically has a hemline that falls around mid-calf length. The exact length can vary depending on the specific design and the wearer’s height. An example is our Ozai N Ku Fanzine Midi Dress in Paprika. A maxi dress is longer and typically designed to have a long hemline that falls to the ankles or even sweeps the floor. If you are average or taller, this dress should be fine. Petite individuals may find that maxi dresses are too long for their height. An example is our Sunset Strip Maxi Dress, Magenta.

How does fabric (stretchy vs. non-stretchy) affect the sizing recommendations?

The fabric choice plays a crucial role in sizing recommendations:

  • Stretchy fabrics like knits and jersey are forgiving and accommodate a wider range of sizes. You can typically stick to your regular size when selecting items made from these materials. Stretch fabrics may include Acrylic, Cotton, Elastane, Jersey-Knit and Polyamide
  • For woven fabrics, which are less forgiving, consider sizing up for a better fit. No stretch fabrics may include 100% Cotton and Wool.
What advice can you offer to women with broader shoulders and bust lines when choosing tops and dresses?

When selecting tops and dresses, consider the style and fabric content:

Look for styles that are designed with stretch, such as jersey knit or viscose, as they will provide more flexibility. An example is our Urban Wine Bar Popover Maxi Dress.

If the garment is made from woven fabric, you may want to go up a size to ensure a comfortable fit around the shoulders and bust. An example is our In My Element Wonderful Dress in Forest or River.

Are there any styles you’d suggest for someone who just had an injury or surgery and is seeking loose clothing that is easy to get on (no buttons, zippers, tight, etc)?

For those seeking comfortable and easy-to-wear clothing after an injury or surgery, Alembika offers several options:

Easy pull-on pants that eliminate the need for buttons or zippers. Such as our Essential Toned Up Punto Pants in Honey, Fog and Brown.

No-fuss cardigans that can be left open for convenience. Such as our Ozai N Ku Camo Fleur Buttonless Cardigan.

Oversized dresses that provide comfort and ease of movement. Such as our Donna Effortless Dress in Mono

Consider shopping for our most popular silhouettes. These fan-favorites consistently get rave reviews and are a great way to explore the Alembika USA styles and collections. They include our:

Finally, if you find yourself in between two sizes, we generally recommend sizing down for a better fit.

Our clothing is designed to be loose and flowing, and many customers discover that they prefer a slightly smaller size.

For more information and to explore our unique collection, please visit Alembika’s official website. We hope this guide helps you find the perfect Alembika pieces that not only make you look fabulous but feel comfortable too. Happy shopping!

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  1. l ordered an XS in a black top as l take an XS top usually. Will it be too large on me?

    1. Dear Doris, I see you ordered our V neck Essential in a 1. Depending on the top you are ordering, the styles that are sizes XS through XL tend to run full in nature. It should be oversized in style.
      If you need our advice on a specific style, please email us at Shop (at) alembika (dot) com
      Thank you so much for the feedback.

  2. This is very helpful. Thank you.
    I have a long time question. What happens to your profit when Alembika is bought at another site, like Artful Home? They carry a lot of Alembika, but I always search your site first so I buy directly from you.

    1. Thank you for asking, Jacqueline. Artful Home is a great partner of Alembika. We love the collaboration with them. They are like any other retailer that buys from us, wholesale.
      I really appreciate you asking.

  3. i love your clothes and have many but i am a size zero or one and they are overwhelming on me I am on your email list Am Yisroel Chai🇮🇱

    1. Thank you Sheila for your reply. Our size 0 ladies love our Iconic Jeans, Essentials, Tekbika styles and Attitudes Tech as they all tend to be closer to the body and less overwhelming.
      If you need further advice on size or style, you can always email us at: Shop (at) alembika (dot) com
      Thank you again for your feedback.

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