The Life-Changing Effect Of Tailoring

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.

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How to Make a Positive First Impression on Everyone You Meet

Making a positive impression is incredibly important. Research shows that the people you meet make judgments on your traits, lifestyle and more within a few seconds of seeing you and it can take time to change these initial perceptions. As a business owner, job-seeker, or anyone in between, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re projecting the right image and sharing the messages you want to be shared.

Here are a few tips on how to make a positive first impression on everyone you meet.

Practise your handshake

Step one when meeting someone new is often shaking hands. You want to make sure yours is firm, which says you’re confident. If your handshake is too soft, it won’t help you make the best impression.

Smile and make eye contact

Always smile when you meet someone new. This shows you’re friendly and excited to connect with this individual.  They are more likely to stay in conversation with you if they like the person you are and feel you’re engaged in what they are saying.

Remember names

This is often the most difficult task when meeting someone new, but it will go a long way in helping make a positive impression. Repeat their name back to them right away when you’ve been introduced and use it throughout your conversation. If you’re going to a meeting or interview and know the names of the people you will be connecting with, memorize them before attending. If you can, use online tools like LinkedIn as well to see if you have anything in common to help break the ice.

Listen attentively

When you’re in conversation with someone, really focus on what they are saying and respond appropriately. It can be tempting to listen, while at the same time planning your response in your mind. Conversations are much more meaningful when each individual takes the time to understand the other person’s perspective.

Stand tall

Body language says a lot more than your words do. Even if you don’t feel confident, stand tall with your shoulders back and head held high.

Present yourself appropriately

Dress for the situation. Present a neat, clean and tidy appearance, but don’t be afraid to show a little bit of personality in your outfit. A great piece of jewelry or patterned blouse can be a conversation starter and will help you stand out from the crowd. Incorporate elements of your style personality.

I hope these tips help! Happy holidays to all.

Video: Making You and Your Style a Priority

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Making yourself a priority is so important. In this video, I talk about how style is a form of self-care and why it’s important to give your attention to.

Dream Big!

My current read, aka “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You,” has a harsh title, yet is surprisingly full of inspirational tidbits. The book is a biography of Kelly Cutrone, American fashion publicist, television personality and author, detailing her rise to the top and struggles along the way (reality TV fans, you may recognize the name from MTV’s The Hills or The City!).

At the age of 21, Cutrone moved to New York City with few possessions and little direction. While she pursued a traditional job initially, it did not suit her personality. It took losing her job, her apartment, and her identity to finally set her on the right track. By facing these hurdles, and accepting the unique opportunities she was given, Cutrone found her strength and worked hard to prove herself in the fashion industry.

“Sometimes, if not most of the time, you find out who you are by figuring out who and what you are not.”

These “rising from the ashes” stories permeate our culture, and while the common response may be that these kinds of things don’t happen to people me, or I can’t live the life I’ve always dreamed, you would be wrong. We’re born dreamers. Everything of value in our world started as a dream. They are necessary for us to see the world how it should be rather than how it is. If you can dream it, you can live it. It’s about making things happen for yourself and pursuing your passions full throttle.

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Personally, I’ve always had an interest in fashion. While it is not what I studied in school, I’ve always wanted to help others look and feel their best. This is why I studied to be a Style CoachTM and why I do what I do. My blog has turned into an amazing career where I get to help others dream big, and use style as a tool to help them achieve their goals.

Our community is full of everyday heroes, actively shaping their futures and rolling with life’s punches. They view setbacks, e.g. losing a job, as opportunities to pursue their passions. Readers, I am here to tell you that you can do the same. Whether you want to study abroad, learn a new language, visit all 7 wonders of the world, or start your own business, you can do it! You just need to start by taking small steps towards your goals. Take Jessica Burman, owner of local skincare line Cocoon Apothecary for example. After losing her job, she pursued her passion for natural beauty and launched an amazing skincare line which continues to grow each and every year. Bravo!

If you’re looking for inspiration, look to those around you. With a support network in place and a little bravery, you can do anything you set your mind to.

“Dreams won’t always take you on a straight path to destiny, but they’re usually related to what your soul wants for you.”

Here are a few pieces of advice I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Believe in Yourself
  2. Find and Listen to your Inner Voice
  3. Focus on Building a Tribe
  4. Work Hard
  5. Give Back

Be excited about your life, enjoy the journey, and most of all, dream big!

Wear Out There is Officially a Business!

Hi friends,

I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you so much for your support of this blog. My experiences writing it the past few years have inspired me to become a certified Style CoachTM and launch Wear Out There as a business. I now work one-on-one with individuals to develop a style they love, and host group workshops. I also am available for virtual consultations via skype and will help you determine your body shape and style personality.

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To stay up-to-date with Wear Out There, and connect with me, please visit www.wearoutthere.ca. I’ll be sharing daily on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. for style tips on how to dress for your body shape, follow my Pinterest page as well.

Take care lovelies.

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