NWR: Tailoring clothing?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ok well they don’t look that bad, but if you want pants to fit really well, I’d get a bigger size and have them tailored down to fit you. Also, Old Navy has the worst fit ever, so I would not get discouraged if that’s where you’ve been looking. You will have to pay more elsewhere (J Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Nordstrom, etc), but if you aren’t paying as much for alterations and things fit better, I’d say it’s worth it. Nordstrom does free alterations on a lot of things too. Anyway, if you do buy Old Navy pants, nobody is going to laugh at you if you bring them into a tailor! They will alter whatever you want, and I’ve never had one be judgmental. I think the shirt looks good as is, and I love the necklace. If you want the shirt to look more tailored, tuck it in. If you get it smaller, it will gap at the buttons. Again, Old Navy is not known for fit, so I would check out other places too.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It can be frustrating finding pants that fit. There are all sorts of different cuts even within the same store and brand. you have to find what works for you. Even then you may have to find pants that fit in the hip and need to be taken in at the waist.

  • If you look in the mirror, and notice your pants smiling at you in the hip area, that means they are too small (too tight in the hip).You may need to have the waist taken in to get a perfect fit.
  • If your pants are frowning at you in the mirror (in the hip area), that means the pants are too big, and are too baggy.
  • If you seem to have excess fabric in the crotch (or rise) of the pant, that simply means the rise of that style isn’t good for you.Excess fabric in this area does look funny – and will ‘tent’ when you sit.Need I be more descriptive?

More info:

http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/the-colette-patterns-pants-fitting-cheatsheet

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@peachacid:  

I have a miserable time with pants too.  I just quit buying or shopping for them.  I wear dresses or I wear leggings with long, belted tunics or sweaters, or layered with a cardigan or soft blazer.  I’m much happier without the fight of pants.  The only pants with defined waistband/button/zippers/seams/rise that fit me are Pilcro from Anthroplogie so I have a couple  pairs for when I really need to wear pants or denim. 

Post # 10
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287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@peachacid:  i always find that if i want jeans to fit me right (and its a stretchy material) i always go one size smaller. And jeggings are a godsend! Im between sizes so find trouser (pants!) shopping hard.

Do you guys have Primark? I got coloured jeggings (green,red,brown and cream) for £8 a pair!

Your outfit looks reaally nice though,love the necklace too

Post # 12
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309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@peachacid:  

I assure you that you don’t look like an idiot in a skirt!  You just sound extremely frustrated/discouraged.  IMO leggings are the next best thing to sweatpants and wearing a dress is not that different than wearing a robe!  Very comfortable & easier for me to find flattering styles than pants.  They can be dressed up or down, they’re great.

As to your earlier question about taking “cheap” clothing for tailoring – that’s nonsense.  Nothing is too cheap for tailoring and tailoring will make the garment look much more lux.  Fit is  the most essential part of looking well put together.  I have 99.9% of my clothes tailored.  That said, I still have trouble with pants!  And for what it’s worth, the khaki pants look fine & the green pants look great! 

Post # 14
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309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@peachacid:  

Leggings are only for nice legs & you don’t have nice legs……Stop!  No part of that statement is true!

The outfit you described wearing tomorrow sounds nice to me!  Just wear what you like & feel good in, that’s never stupid.  Wear what makes you happy.

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