Forgetting About Tailoring (and Its Limitations)
When something doesn't fit quite perfectly, the proper response is to crumple it up and kick it across the floor, right? Well, as Allison Berlin, a stylist and the founder of StyleMadeSimple.net, says, "People think, 'Oh, the waist is too big, it doesn't fit me.' But think about it, garments only have to fit across the widest part of your body." Berlin recommends making sure there are seams in the areas that might need tailoring—hems, waist, shoulders. That's not to say, however, that any piece can be tailored into working for you: You'll want to avoid tailoring knits or prints, and hemming out embellishments like ruffles or ruching.