Have you ever gone shopping and gone home frustrated because nothing fit? Please know that you are not alone. Here is a secret that Mel Robbins said best… “You are not supposed to fit into your clothes. Your clothes are supposed to fit you.”
Imagine that!? The best way to have clothes that fit you is to have a good tailor on speed dial. Having a good tailor can actually help expand your wardrobe affordably and all those items that didn’t fit could become investment pieces in your closet.
Finding a tailor you trust can be a process but once it’s done it will be worth your time and money.
Here are some examples of how a tailor can expand your wardrobe.
- Take a skirt you are not wearing because it’s too long and shorten it
- Add elastic to a pair of pants you’re not wearing because they’re a tad too snug in the waist
- Add a snap to a top that has a V-Neck that’s a little too low
- Hem the pants you’re not wearing because you used to wear heels and now you wear flats
- Fix the sweater you love but don’t wear because it has a small hole or snag
- Take in a blazer, skirt, or pants that are too big/loose
- Sewing the top button on your button down so it doesn’t pull
These are just a few quick fixes that can extend the life of your wardrobe. A few of my clients had pieces they loved and “kind of” fit but were too long, too short, too big, or a little too tight in the wrong places.
It would be great if everyone could walk into a store or order on line and it all fit perfectly but we are all different shapes and sizes. For example, I have a client that is about 5’4” and curvy which means most pants don’t quite fit right. For years, she purchased jeans and pants one size up to accommodate her larger thighs and hips only to have a gaping waist. This is a quick fix for a tailor. Now instead of having pants that don’t fit she has something she can wear over and over. Are your pants a little snug in the waist? A good tailor can add material to the waist and give you extra room so your pants will fit better.
If you’re worried about the cost then weight the cost per wear. Are going to keep the item for several years? If yes, then it might be worth it to have the item tailored to fit properly. If it’s a seasonal item that you’ll only wear a few times you may decide the investment is not really worth it. It’s completely up to you.
Ultimately, the cost is relative to how good you will feel in something that actually fits instead of something that doesn’t fit at all.
Finding a tailor can be easier than you think. Look for one that has been in the business for years, has good reviews on Yelp or Google, and then try taking in one piece and ask them what they think. Try them out.