Last week, I was invited to visit Perimeter Mall and try out the Me-Ality body scanner. Now, if you’re anything like me, you love shopping…but hating trying stuff on. I feel like when I go shopping I need to wear a moo-moo, flip flops, and no accessories, because getting dressed and undressed 25 times is just hard work…and don’t even get me started on stores with fitting room item limits. Clearly, those stores don’t want me to buy the 20 things in my bag, if they’re only letting me try on 5. Grr! So clearly, I was excited to try out the Me-Ality scanner. Anything that will keep me out of the fitting room is alright with me!
How Does it Work?
So, if you’ve ever gone into a body scanner at the airport, I’d say the machine looks and feels pretty similar to that. You have to remove your shoes, accessories, and any heavy jackets or sweaters. You’ll also complete a brief survey with some basic contact and demographic type info – name, email address, etc. When you step in the machine, there are markers on the floor for your feet, and the operator will instruct you on how to position your arms, and where to look. And that’s it! The operator will turn on the machine, and after about 30 seconds or so, you’re done!
The machine has just scanned every. single. inch. of your body and now has the most precise measurements to cross reference with their giant database of retailers. And, since we all know that sizing varies from one store to the next, Me-Ality is going to use your measurements to provide size recommendations for their partner stores. You can print the results and start shopping right then and there, or you can access them online later and shop later or online. It’s all pretty cool!
Were the Results Accurate?
To be honest, I think the accuracy of the results varied from store to store…and I think this is also when things start to get a little bit subjective. I’ll explain. For the most, part, I felt that the sizing was either correct or erring on the side of too large. But, it occurred to me that perhaps this has more to do with my personal preference for how I like my clothes to fit. For example, I shop at GAP all the time and I know I wear a size 29 in their jeans (or even a 28 sometimes because the skinny jeans tend to stretch a lot). I like my jeans to be TIGHT! Well, Me-Ality recommended a size 31 for me at the GAP. Could I fit a size 31? Probably. But, would a size 31 fit to my liking? No, not at all. So again, I don’t know if that was a matter of preference or if the sizing is just truly inaccurate. On the other hand, Me-Ality recommended a size 30 for me in Joe’s Jeans, and again, because I shop that brand often, I know my size and 30 is spot on!
The results were similar across all other categories as well – dresses, tops, etc. The sizes were either right on target, or one to two sizes too large. I’d like to visit some of the stores where I don’t usually shop, and try on the Me-Ality recommendations to see how they work out. I’ll keep you guys posted!
Me-Ality and Nordstrom
Me-Ality has offered styles available at Nordstrom for nearly two years (I didn’t know this!). The “Sized just for you” campaign, where people who have been scanned by Me-Ality automatically receive an email with their best fits in Nordstrom brands began in November and is ongoing. Me-Ality matches to over 50 brands available in stores and online, and an additional 35 brands within the “Sized just for you” campaign.
Brands in the campaign include:
- J Brand
- 7 for all mankind
- Wit & Wisdom
- Citizens of Humanity
- Lucky Brand
Bottom Line – Should you Try It?
Yes! I think it is definitely worth trying, especially if you’re an online shopper. As with all things, you have to use common sense…if a size just seems totally off base, don’t buy it…but if you’re unsure, and the size recommendation seems consistent with your normal size, I think the Me-Ality recommendations could be helpful. Besides, its free…you’ve got nothing to lose! You can find a location near you here.
Have you tried Me-Ality? How was your experience?