Woman to Women
The Perfect Fit
Find a great tailor and be best friends
By: Amanda Frazer
I am only 5 feet tall. This has led to a close relationship with many a tailor. Pants are always too long, dresses are normally too long, and most of the time my sleeves are too long. Now, I know that it is a super-nice thing to buy a piece of clothing and just take it home, but it is even more glorious when it fits like a dream, is perfectly flattering and looks like it was made just for you. Ladies, you need to love your tailor, because this person will do a glorious thing for you.
Don’t ever be afraid to shorten a hem, move a button or bring up a shoulder in a garment. The secret to looking good in your clothing is to not be afraid to modify. Keep in mind that not only do all designers use different dimensions for fit, but that little tag in the back with the number on it doesn’t mean anything either. Don’t read the size tag; if it fits, it fits. If the pair of pants in your normal size is too tight in the thighs, go a size up and take in the waistband. If the cardigan has one button at the chest that gapes a little when it is buttoned, don’t be afraid to move it over a tiny bit. Take in shoulders if the darts don’t hit you right.
I can’t tell you how many women utter the phrase “Oh, I’d hate to have to alter it,” my response is always “Why?” Why would you hate to change it a little bit so that it is perfect? Why would you rather pass on something that you otherwise love just because you want to forego the $7 it would cost to shorten the sleeves a quarter inch? Don’t fall into the trap of instant gratification. Take control of your wardrobe and your style – create the perfect outfit. The secret of the well-dressed woman is her relationship with her tailor.