Whenever I get something altered at Neiman Marcus or Saks and one of their little seamstresses—they always seem to be compact and always seem to be foreign-born—steps into my fitting room with a mouthful of straight pins, I get a happy little flutter in my stomach that says, “Ooh, this outfit is gonna rock my body!” And usually it does. But for the other stores in which I may also choose to buy off the rack, who don’t have solid-looking women who demand that you “tern erond now puleze,” the struggle has been REAL for getting that same customized look. Until I found a tailor. Now, let’s be clear. I am not talking about the lady at your dry cleaners who takes up your hem as a side hustle to steaming your clothes. I’m talking about a custom tailor or a flat out designer. But how do you find one that works best for you? I have a few helpful tips:
Tip #1: You could start by asking that bossy little seamstress in the dressing room if she works from home or on items that aren’t purchased from that department store.
Tip #2: Or ask your girl who is always nattily attired, who handles her tailoring needs. Or better yet, who designed her outfit.
Tip #3: Yes, you should consider designers as a serious option. Look, if you’re already shopping at Saks, Neiman’s, Bergdorf’s, or Barney’s, you’re already shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars for your outfits. You might as well use a custom designer and help a small business and get a one-of-a kind (or at least fewer-of-a-kind) customized pieces and avoid seeing another size 10 wearing your same dress at the next dinner party. There are a couple of ladies I keep in my repertoire of designers: Jody Davis Designs out of Baltimore and Barbara Bates out of Chicago.
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Cheryl Grace is the sassy aunt, best friend, and mentor you’ve always needed in your life. The successful jet-setting, global corporate executive founded the aspirational lifestyle brand Powerful Penny LLC. Her products, workshops and speeches probe, inspire and empower to ensure those who really want to can get to their next level of best. Her blogs on careers, prosperity, relationships, family, looking and living fabulously, and living a five-star life can be found at www.powerfulpenny.com.