Understanding Tailoring: The Key to Elevated Style

From impeccably fitted suits to sleek dresses, the art of tailoring adds a touch of refinement and sophistication to any ensemble. More than just a trend, tailoring is a staple for any wardrobe, regardless of your profession. We often think of tailored garments as strictly for the workplace or the boardroom, but we want to encourage you to expand your thinking.

Let’s break down the basics and our tips for incorporating this style into your closet.

Invest in Quality: Quality craftsmanship is paramount when it comes to tailoring. Look for garments made from high-quality fabrics and meticulously constructed for longevity. That means keeping an eye out for frayed edges, loose buttons, and uneven hems. As cliché as it is, pursue quality over quantity.

Focus on Fit: Fit is everything when it comes to tailoring. Pay attention to how a garment drapes on your body and consider alterations if needed to achieve the perfect fit. Trust us, you will thank your past self!

As you do when you try on jeans (we know how frustrating that can be!), be sure to look for styles that fit your specific body and your proportions. Oversized styles may be trendy but can drown a more slender frame if not balanced correctly. Alterations can be your best friend. If you find a style you love, it can be well worth the investment to take it to the tailor and have it fitted to your liking.

At Matti D, staple brand Smythe specializes in fitting the blazer for the feminine form. They prioritize details to cater to the various fits, lifestyles, bodies, and needs of their clients. Other brands, like Herskind, pursue minimalist elegance in their tailored garments to imbue the wearer with grace and confidence.

Consider Details: Tailored pieces often feature intricate details such as structured shoulders, nipped waists, and precise seams. These details elevate the overall look and add a touch of elegance to your ensemble.

As we know, it’s all about the details! Workwear or professional business attire can often be associated with stuffy, boring styles that are no fun to shop for and even less fun to wear. So, whether you’re wearing this for the workplace or just to elevate your everyday style, search for pieces that deviate from traditional stereotypes. Depending on the occasion, you can choose how unconventional or trendy the garment gets.

Brands like SER.O.YA have experimented with retro styling, such as padded shoulders and oversized fits. Smythe is no stranger to trying out seasonal colorways and patterns, creating pieces that are as completely at home layered with a classic tee and jeans combo as they are with a trouser and button-down.

Styling Tips: Mastering Tailored Looks

Mixing it up: Balance feminine flair with more androgynous tailoring styles. Try adding a fitted blazer to a luxe silk dress. Pair a crisp button-down with a flowing, relaxed skirt. Layer an edgy mesh long sleeve under a close-fit vest and high-waisted trouser for an unexpected combination.

Power Suiting: You can never go wrong with a perfectly-fit power suit, but you don’t have to stick to classic blacks or neutrals. A pattern, perhaps like pinstripe or houndstooth, could add that unexpected edge you’re looking for.

Add the right accessories: Finishing an outfit is often the hard part. You can add a bit of sparkle with statement jewelry or a pop of color with a trending handbag. For a casual event, a chic white sneaker can be the perfect ending note, or for elevated evenings, an eye-catching heel could provide the contrast you need to make sure the look doesn’t feel too stuffy.

With a keen eye for detail and a touch of sophistication, mastering the art of tailoring is easier than ever. Elevate your wardrobe with tailored pieces that exude confidence, elegance, and timeless style.

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