If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that Trashy Diva is one of my favorite designers when it comes to clothing. I find their classic cuts to be both timeless and flattering, the two main things I am looking for when buying clothing. I also find their fabric selection to be excellent; the patterns are tasteful, the drape is body conscious but not too clingy, and the quality is equal to or better than anything I would purchase from a boutique.
Most of the time their size 8 fits me well enough that I don’t have to do any alterations, but this time I felt the shoulders needed to be taken in (something I almost always have to do with my dresses and tops) and I thought the hem was bit longer than I would have liked. So I took it to my tailor to have it fixed.
If you don’t have a tailor then let me give three reasons why you should be getting your clothing fitted to you.
- Tailoring is an excellent way to hide body imperfections. I read somewhere that the reason Joan Crawford wore such large shoulder pads was to give her athletic body more shape. With a little nip and tuck by your tailor you can look as if you had a nip and tuck by a doctor without the expense and recovery!
- Clothing that has been tailored fits you perfectly. I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but I swear not enough women seem to understand this. I know it is expensive to have a dress you just paid good money for to then be sewn to fit you when the clothing should fit you correctly in the first place. But with so many body types it just isn’t possible that everything you try on will fit you precisely. You know why stars look so much better in their clothing than you do? It is because everything they wear is tailored to their bodies!
- Which brings me to my last reason for tailoring. When you get something tailored and it hides your imperfections, accentuates your best assets, and makes you feel beautiful, that garment will last much longer than if you never took it in to be fitted properly. In the long term you will save money because you aren’t buying hundreds of dresses because you can’t find one that fits you just right.
See the difference?
The hem no longer hits me at an awkward place. It now dangles just below my knee which is my favorite place for a hem to end. I think it shows off my gams without being too cheeky.
The excess fabric has been taken out of the shoulders which gives my bust line a better shape. It makes me feel sexy, not saggy and dowdy.
The bill for the tailor was $45 dollars. Yes, I accept that is quite a bit of money to spend, but I also know that now this is my new favorite dress. I can wear it to the grocery store or out to dinner and I will feel so glamorous in it because it fits me perfectly.
If you are having a difficult time finding clothing that fits you correctly, maybe it is time to get a tailor who will fix your garments and give you a wardrobe that you love!