I’m going to give you my top three things I look for when selecting a new piece of clothing.
Finding a good fit means that clothes skim the body and not cling to it. This means that lapels, pocket flaps, slits, seams and pleats -lie flat. Whenever clothing pulls or buckles it not only looks sloppy, but it also adds pounds to someone’s figure. The same holds true for garments that are too big and too loose. Finding a great tailor can work in your favor especially when you find that great piece that you love but the fit is just not right. A tailor can make a few adjustments and have it fit perfectly for you. One thing I see all the time during wardrobe consultations is people having so many items with the tags on in their closets, and when I ask about it and why it hasn’t been worn yet, I hear the same response all the time “It doesn’t fit me but I got it on sale”.. My advice is Don’t buy things that are on sale and dont fit, unless your going to take it to the tailor right away.
The two most important qualities to look for in fabric are weight and movement. If a fabric is too stiff, it can look boxy; to thin and it will cling to every bulge; too shiny and it can add pounds. Fabric such as wool crepe, wool microfiber blends , cotton or wool gabardine, cotton blended with silk and some synthetics are generally good choices. A small touch of spandex helps also ( 3-5%) is usually plenty. Keep in mind that matte fabrics are more forgiving than shiny ones. The old saying ” you get what you pay for” is gospel with fabric. Cheap fabrics tend to be less flattering , while high-quality fabrics look better, last longer and hold their shape.
So while everything can fit properly, it just as important to get the proportions right. Balancing your figure can flatter your figure. The length of your legs in relation to your torso, the width of your shoulders in relation to your hips, these things matter. Luckily, such details are a cinch to manipulate visually to your advantage. With cropped pants being one of this season’s hottest pant styles, its important to figure out if they work with your height measurement or do they make your legs look shorter? I am 5’3″ and I know that I look better in regular length trousers and dress pants. I like a long, lean look over cropped and chopped!