The Case for a Tailor

One look at the elegant women in our world today - royal or not - and it becomes immediately clear that the clothes they are wearing seem to have been made for them. 

In some cases this is true, but most often, they simply took their clothes to their favorite tailor.

So where can you go to get your clothes tailored? You can try to DIY it at home, but if you want to ensure the job is done right, take it over to Nordstrom, where they’ll tailor clothes for a small price.

Otherwise, here are some of our favorite tricks to finding clothes that fit us from the get-go!

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  • Sheath. Another option to get the tailored look is to stick with dresses that have a tailored look, such as sheath dresses. This dress option follows the body shape to create the illusion of being tailored, from the get-go. 
  • Fit-and-flare. Obvious from the name, the bodice of this dress is fitted already. The ‘flare’ part of the name refers to the skirted portion of the dress, making this the more flowy alternative to a sheath dress.
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  • Fabric with stretch. Common dress fabrics with stretch are commonly referred to as knit fabrics. Ponte, jersey, French terry, and sweater-style fabrics fall under this category. Clothes made with this type of fabric will fall on your figure without the needed assistance from a tailor.


  • Darts. Look for a dress that has darts already in place. Darts, in the event you are wondering, are helpful seams that goes up or down (preferably both!) from the waist to pull in the fabric and more closely follow the form of your shape. 
  • Wrap dress. This classic style, typically credited to Diane von Fürstenberg, allows you to adjust the waist of the dress to your own figure. 
  • Find a tailor. When in doubt, take your favorite dress to the tailor and have them

Tell us: What are some favorite tricks you have for making your clothes fit you better?

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