November 13th, 2020
an aha moment

The Gift of Fit

I have almost everything tailored, a perfect fit is paramount in my book. Especially fast fashion items — when they fit well, they can look expensive. Recently, I pulled out every piece of clothing that was no longer being worn because it didn’t fit properly and took the lot to the tailor. I just picked up the first batch — a Balenciaga dress that should’ve been shortened 5 years ago, a Miu Miu coat that was so long it was only a matter of time until I tripped on the hem, and a pile of skirts — a well cut skirt is a beautiful thing. This got me thinking, wouldn’t a gift certificate for an amazing tailor be a great present? Alteration Specialists are doing my work. They were highly recommended by my friend Gigi who wears impeccably cut suits. If you like suits, especially for evening, you should reread my profile on her, she shared some great styling tips.

Image by Patrick Demarchelier for the February 2002 issue of Harper’s Bazaar (which I cast)

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  • Of course you are exactly right! Fit is everything!

    karenNovember 13th, 2020  5:07 PM

     
  • The timeliness of your posts is impeccable. I just discovered Julie Pelipas’ suiting minded label, Bettter. I know we both adore her style (especially the Viviane slit-front sweater by Joseph) and I’m intrigued by her new line. x

    MichelleNovember 13th, 2020  7:55 PM

     
  • Julie has incredible style and at 6’1″ she can easily wear her line of oversized suits.

    PrestonNovember 13th, 2020  7:59 PM

     
  • Agreed! At 5’0” I would look like I’m playing dress up. I try to emulate the Olsen’s approach to fit as they are about my size. I love the gift idea of tailoring services. x

    MichelleNovember 13th, 2020  10:02 PM

     
  • The importance of fit seems to br something that too many Americans do not comprehend. And, I agree that cheap clothes can appear expensive if properly tailored, whereas expensive clothes that fit poorly will seem cheap!

    RebeccaNovember 13th, 2020  10:41 PM

     
  • I’m admiring the skirt and cardigan shown in your photo – from years gone by? I see it’s Prada and love the simplicity. I would happily buy these pieces, including the cute low pumps.

    PaulaNovember 13th, 2020  11:29 PM

     
  • Fit is the only fashion rule I have in my book.

    Preston is there anyway this can be a community? I would love to comment on what some of your ladies say. After I comment I never see anything again unless I go back. Or do you have a Facebook group? As passé as it is, it allows for conversation. I’m going to post my email address if you would like to respond. Love the blog and your ladies!
    Marcycarmack@icloud.com

    MarcyNovember 14th, 2020  10:41 AM

     
  • Truer words. I have a few pair of pants I’m taking in on Monday and my tailor and I are old friends now. Slightly off topic but one of the reasons the pants and I haven’t made it to her yet is I’m struggling with decision of length. For years I have worn all pants/jeans etc just above the ankle because it suits me, my footwear and my life. Now I’m worried it may look dated and I should perhaps tailor them to the classic “break” point. Pondering.

    SueMNovember 14th, 2020  10:58 AM

     
  • Incredible gift idea!

    SwanNovember 15th, 2020  11:23 PM

     
  • @sueM- would it make sense to have them tailored on the longer side first, and see if you wear them? I understand you don’t want to look dated, but if the shorter length works for you and your lifestyle, stick with it. Often people stick to what works best, even if it might not always be the style du jour. Cindy Crawford and her long, boot cut jeans come to mind. If you feel good, you look good.

    bllNovember 16th, 2020  7:12 AM

     
  • I agree. Every time I leave pants long, I never wear them and end up altering them to above the ankle. Suits my lifestyle and style sensibility.

    PrestonNovember 16th, 2020  7:48 AM

     

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