Kristin Chirico had always been told that she couldn't wear certain items of clothing because they weren't "flattering."

"What if we made a top that was...cropped?" (via Instagram)

The term had always confused her, since she would get different and often conflicting reports on what was considered "flattering," so she decided to conduct a study to see if there was any rhyme or reason to the use of the word. She went to five different clothing boutiques and got their personal shoppers to pick out "flattering" outfits for her. The results were just as varied as she expected:

This is from Macy's. (via Buzzfeed)
Bloomingdale's. (via Buzzfeed)
Nordstrom. (via Buzzfeed)
Sources: Buzzfeed