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Free service promises perfect fit for online shoppers

Enter sizes for current clothing and system determines your 'True Fit' size

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APOPKA, Fla. – Admit it ladies, you have a love-hate relationship with jeans. You love to wear them, but hate having to shop for them.

Now there's an online program that promises to find the perfect fit for your body type and Local 6 put it to the test.

True Fit promises to find shoppers the perfect pair of jeans from the comfort of their home computer.

Apopka's Sara Nielsen said she's a confessed jeans hoarder.

"These are my current rotation. These are for like winter time," Nielsen said. "These are for if you go a little smaller, a little bigger, my flexible jeans I guess you'd call them."

While Nielsen's always in search of the next great pair she's often disappointed.

"Usually you get them halfway up your leg and you know they're not going to fit," Nielsen said.

One of the many reasons both she and Local 6 producer Allison McGinley say jeans would be one of the last things they'd ever buy online.

"Usually when I order stuff online I have to get it altered, or return it, then I have to try again," said McGinley.

But they agree to give True Fit a try. It's a new, free service offered by retailers like Macy's and Nordstrom and dozens of jean designers on their websites.

"If it works it would be perfect. You'd know what it would be, how it would fit, and guarantee it would like it," said Nielsen.

First Nielsen entered in the brand, size, and style of the jeans she currently has in her closet.

That's followed by a survey including height, weight, and body type questions.

Then voila! The website reveals a list of the jeans that are supposed to fit her the best.

McGinley answered the same questions and ordered two pairs herself.

A few days later, the moment of truth.

"Tada. These are the CK jeans I ordered," said Neilsen, "They do fit, they're a tiny snug in the waist, they feel like they'd loosen up, but the one thing I don't like is how baggy they are in the knees."

She gave a better review to the fit of the I.N.C. capris, but said the stretch in the material, something she'd notice if she shopped in a store, gave her cause for concern.

McGinley had better luck.

"Usually they're too long, but they got the length correct and that's the most important thing to me."

Nielsen planned on returning both pairs of jeans, but says she'll continue to use True Fit to help her shop in the future-- kind of using it as a shopping guide.

Local 6's Lisa Bell tried the service as well and ordered a pair of Levi's. They did fit, but Bell felt they were too long and a big baggy in the knees so she will return them.

"Bottom line is the clothes fit, but they may not fit your style and for me, I'd still go to the store," Bell said.


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