It seems like the number one tip from any show about dressing yourself is always the same: get your clothes tailored. That’s a great idea and all, but it means you need to actually have a tailor, and finding the right one is of the utmost importance. Luckily, clothing expert Alison Freer has some great tips on how to just that.
Photo by Jue Wang.
Freer has a whole slew of fantastic tips in the link below (including definitions for common tailoring terms) but here are the three I found to be most helpful:
- Pick Someone Nice: If you’re going to be paying someone to physically alter your clothing, it should be someone you feel comfortable with, and not bullied by. As Freer points out, you’re “looking to form a long-term relationship with someone who will have your best interests at heart,” so just say “no” to rude tailors.
- Find Someone Who Takes Appointments: You don’t want to feel rushed when making decisions, and an appointment ensures you’ll have your tailor’s undivided attention. Plus, it increases the chances of you actually showing up.
- Do a Test Run With Something Less Precious: Before Freer hands over any super delicate or valuable pieces, she brings in a simple alteration like a hem to inspect the work and ensure that “everything lines up, thread ends are knotted, and seams are even.”
Also, make sure you find a tailor whose sense of style is similar to yours. Sure, technical skill is important, but an understanding of trends and style go a long way when helping you look your best.