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The Importance of Well-fitting Clothes

It is said that first impressions count and that people make their assessment of a newly met person in the first few seconds, so it is no surprise that what we wear has become increasingly important.


Widespread, affordable clothing shops mean that not many people these days are likely to consider making their own clothes.  How many people these days have the sewing and dressmaking skills to be able to create their own complete, well-fitting and stylish outfits? How many have the equipment or the time to do so?

Buying ready-made clothes that fit perfectly can sometimes be difficult, however.  Very few people are the perfect size and shape and the need for well-fitting clothes, especially when it is necessary to make a good impression, have made tailoring and alterations services more important.

Job interviews are one example of a situation where first impressions and appearance count and where confidence can make a difference to a candidate’s performance.

A smart, well-fitting suit is usually the outfit of choice for interviews for both men and women and it is possible to find an appropriate outfit off the peg but it may be that getting the right fit of jacket may means that the matching trousers, or skirt, are perhaps a bit too loose or not the correct length.

Fashion experts identify several female body types. They include the apple body shape characterised by broad shoulders, often a large bust and chest for their frame, amazing legs and top sizes larger than the bottom.

Pear shaped women have shoulders narrower than their hips or top sizes smaller than bottom sizes, while the round body shape is curved all over with weight is carried on the stomach, hips and thighs. The hips and shoulders can be narrow in relation to the frame.

Men, too, can have particular body shapes such as the triangle, inverted triangle, oval and rectangle.

Getting a suit altered by a professional to fit these body shapes properly can help a person to look good and feel confident when it really matters. It means the wearer does not have their attention partly diverted by an undercurrent of worry about what they are wearing.

Having a suit professionally altered can also be a way of subtly demonstrating attention to detail, which may be something an interviewer is looking for in a job candidate.

One useful tip when going to a professional for suit alterations is to take the shoes you plan to wear, and also the shirt, if appropriate.  The height of the heels of a pair of shoes will alter the length needed for a pair of trousers or a skirt and wearing the shoes will help the tailor ensure that they can get the measurements exactly right.

It may seem like an unnecessary expense but investing in getting a smartly-tailored, professional look just right is worthwhile because it is very unlikely that the suit will be worn just once.  Job hunts and interviews can be stressful enough without having to search out the right outfit for each interview and it is possible to ring the changes with the colours of accessories, ties, blouses or shirts so that the look remains fresh.

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JUL
13

Alterations Boutique Dressmaking and Tailoring

Dresses Have Become More Popular in Fashion Stores in the Last Couple of Years. There is so much advice available online, on TV and in the fashion pages about what to wear, how to wear it and dressing for one’s body shape that shopping for clothes can become less of a pleasure than it should be.


A particularly fraught area is women’s dresses, currently making a comeback on the fashion scene. It would be impossible for manufacturers to produce off the peg clothes in anything but a range of standardised sizes.  However, there is some evidence that the predominant women’s body shapes vary depending on their country of origin, so that a standardised design made in the USA may be different from one manufactured in the UK, for example.

When choosing clothes the advice is to choose something that the woman likes and makes her feel confident.  Although it can be handy to take along a trusted friend when choosing something for an important occasion it needs to be someone who can be relied on to be honest and to say when something really does not look right.

There are four classic women’s body shapes, although some stylists may identify several more. However, the basic shapes are generally described as apple (triangle downward), pear (triangle upward), banana (straight up and down) and hourglass (two opposing triangles).

When choosing dresses it is best is to select something that maximises the good points and plays down the bad points of a woman’s body shape. For example a woman with an apple (ie top heavy) body shape may want to choose a dress that accentuates her small waist, her hips and shapely legs. That would eliminate any features like frills that accentuate the top half while a nipped in waist and a gathered or pleated skirt would work well.

Rarely is anyone built to the perfect standardised size and it is likely that a dress whose top fits perfectly may be too big on the hips or a bit too long.  This need not mean giving up the search for the perfect dress in exasperation. The answer is to buy something as close as possible to the dress a woman has in mind but in a size that allows for a dress alteration to achieve the perfect fit.

An experienced dressmaker will be able to make the dress alterations necessary to transform something almost right into something perfect.  A dress alteration can be anything from a complete revamp or remodel to small adjustments such as removing a trimming that doesn’t work to ensuring it fits correctly to the waist or hips and hangs at the right length for the woman’s height and leg length.

As women have had less time and skill for dressmaking these skills are much in demand whether they are searching for dress alterations in London or elsewhere around the country.

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