Did you know having your clothes tailored to fit your body shape is the number one thing you can do to make your wardrobe look more expensive? It’s true! If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars over time on pieces that just didn’t fit right. I would wear them as is but knew they could look so much better if the hemline was just a little shorter, or the shoulder straps were a little higher.
It wasn’t until I fell in love with buying one-of-a-kind pieces from Auburn Vintage that I even considered going to a tailor. But since I have, it’s opened up a whole world of new possibilities with my clothing. It’s changed the way I shop and even how I coach my clients in the dressing room.
When stores make their clothing, they make it based on the size models they see as ‘average.’ But as you and I know, we don’t all fit in these little boxes. This is why taking that next step to hem those pants, or nip in the sides of a shirt makes all the difference.
Some alterations are easier than others, but for the most part, tailoring your clothes is quite affordable. It can make a garment of any price look like it was made for you. Who doesn’t want that?
Just last week, for example, I went to a private sales event at Epiphany in Elora where their off-season pieces were marked to sell. There were no change rooms and everything was final sale. As you can imagine, the stakes were high and it was definitely a gamble. 🙂 I picked out an A-line dress with a union jack print and hoped it would fit. It did, but it wasn’t perfect. I knew it could be so much better if the skirt was a little bit shorter. The very next day, I took it to Stefani’s Tailoring in Kitchener and she worked her magic. Now I have a dress I can’t wait to wear this summer, and will wear because it flatters my figure.
I only share this story because I hope to inspire you to give tailoring a try. When you go through your closet, if have a piece you love but it isn’t fitting correctly, take it to the tailor to see what they can do. Once you give it a try, I promise you will start to see your clothes in a new light.
If you want to learn more about alterations, here are a few useful links.
- Tailoring Tricks to Make Your Wardrobe Last Forever: A great summary article on popular clothing alternations by television stylist and author Alison Freer. Check out her book How to Get Dressed for more details as well. I picked up a copy at my local library to read.
- How to Hand Sew Buttons: Are your pieces missing buttons? Here are some simple instructions on how to sew them on yourself.
Until next time lovely,