Wardrobe stylist Stacy London, of TLC’s ‘Love, Lust or Run,’ says smart alterations can make a BIG difference.
Tailoring or alterting your clothes is simply a way to make them more flattering. Despite what clothing companies want you to think, not everyone fits in the standard small, medium, or large. Wearing clothes that are too big or too long can make you look short and unpolished. Clothes that are too tight can make you look uncomfortable. If you have never been to a professional tailor before, it may seem a bit intimidating. According to top tailors in the country there are a few tips you should keep in mind when getting your clothes tailored.
- Talk to friends and look online for reviews. It is important to find a tailor that has a good reputation and will take care of your clothes, and will ensure the work will withstand more than a few wears and washes.
- Know what the tailor does best. Most well established tailors will have a speciality look and style that you will find in their work. Styles can range anywhere from high end business executive to an edgy punk-rock look.
- Start with clothes that fit. This may seem silly to say, but it is important to buy clothes for the body you have. Many people are reluctant to show off certain parts of their body like their height or gut, and may think that they are able to hide these areas with clothes. But chances are that you are actually making it worse. Buy clothes that if the largest part of your body and tailor the garment to fit the rest of your body.
- When you go in for a fitting, bring the appropriate shoes and undergarments. If you are tailoring a suit, bring dress shoes, and if you are hemming the length of your new yoga pants, wear your tennis shoes. Ladies, if you are getting a dress altered, be sure to wear the right undergarments so if you need a bra strap or pantyline covered, it can be done right the first time.
- Don’t be afraid to buy clothes off the rack. Save money at the store by purchasing used clothing and spend it on creating that fresh, new, perfect fitting look at the tailor!
- You get what you pay for. The cost of going to a tailor will range depending on where you are and what work you are getting done. Many department stores offer free alterations if you purchase the clothes at that store. Ask for a quote before getting started.
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