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How To Remodel A Blazer

9 Aug

There’s several things that can be done to blazers to remodel them. Some are small(ish) jobs and some are major. (Ie expensive).

Here’s a few..

Lapels can be reshaped
They can be changed from three button, to two. (Sometimes)
Sleeves can be shortened or lengthened.
Shoulders can be reshaped. (Big job!)
They can be shortened. 
Taken in… or let out.

And then of course there’s buttons. I changed the buttons on this one (above) – which I talk about here

If you have a blazer that you think might be looking a bit outdated, or not fitting quite right (but still in great condition) – take it to a good tailor to see what they can do. (This is a jacket I recently had re-modeled)

If you have a blazer that you think might be looking a bit outdated, or not fitting quite right (but still in great condition) – take it to a good tailor to see what they can do. (This is a jacket I recently had re-modeled)

If you’re not sure what you have in your wardrobe that could be altered and would like my help, read about my wardrobe sessions here

Wearing..

Blazer – J.Crew
T-shirt – Country Road
Jeans – Levis
Shoes – YOOX
Bag – Furla

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Just Because It’s Your Usual Size And You Can Get It On, Doesn’t Mean It Fits

8 Jul

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Two (generally) size 12 women go into a store together.

One is five foot 2 (considered a petite) – she has a defined waist and her hips, bottom and thighs are wider than her bust and/or shoulders. (Commonly known as triangular in shape).

The other is five foot 9 – her shoulders, bust and hips are about the same size, with no defined waist. (Commonly known as rectangular in shape).

Remember both generally wear a size 12.

There is no way that the size 12 in the store will fit them both beautifully. It might roughly fit, (ie they might be able to get it on) but that’s about it.

In this case, when something fits you sort of ok – it’s then up to you to decide whether you walk away or whether you commit to having it altered.  Near enough, is not good enough. 

*As a petite it can be challenging to find clothes that fit me well.  If I find something I love that doesn’t fit just right, I buy it with the proviso I can return it, then I take it to my tailor to see if he can alter it to fit me. This might mean having it lifted on the shoulders or waist, the seams run in through the middle, the sleeves shortened or just a simple hem taken up.

Learn how to tell when something doesn’t fit you properly. It’s the number one thing I see in the wardrobes that I help overhaul. Lots of women buy clothes that don’t fit them, then just settle for wearing them ill- fitting. Often they can tell something isn’t right – because they know when they put something on that it doesn’t feel great – but they’re not sure why.

Despite your budget, ensuring each item in your wardrobe fits well, (whether it’s a t-shirt, blazer or pair of jeans) will instantly give your look a stylish upgrade.

*If you’d like me to teach you about how clothes should fit contact me here 

READ: “It might be beautiful but does it fit you properly” here 

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Pattern

25 Jun

I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for patterned pants (while I generally don’t feel comfortable wearing a print on top)

When I wear patterns one thing I’m conscious of, is choosing a print that’s in scale with my petite size. I tend to favour small gingham, check, stripes and of course, animal prints.

Large florals or big bold geometric prints could be too overwhelming for my little frame. It’s not to say I wouldn’t try a large print, but more than likely I’d end up reverting to something smaller. .

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What My Client Bought

27 Apr

Yesterday my client, originally from Melbourne now living overseas, booked in with me to go shopping while she was here. She wanted to discover some new shops and brands and make the most of her time (it was a quick visit to see family). She also often found it difficult to find clothes that fit her well, so she wanted some help and advice on that.

Once she’d sent me through her completed pre-shop questionnaire, I did the research and put together an itinerary.


One of the things on her list was a smart casual jacket.


She loved this one (above) – it fit and flattered her beautifully, with only a small alteration to the sleeve length needed – but initially when she put it on, it felt too corporate/office-y for her. (She’s an architect)


But…when we talked about all the edgy ways she could wear it, she was sold.


TIP – We pulled out pieces we’d already bought together in other shops and tried them on with the jacket, to see whether they’d work. Don’t just rely on clothes in the store, to accompany a piece you’re considering buying. The right jacket, skirt, pants, etc, might come from elsewhere. You don’t have to buy a complete outfit in one store.


She could wear it with..


A t-shirt, the boyfriend jeans we bought (elsewhere) and her cool leather sneakers

From here


These pants (or the black slim jeans we bought somewhere else), a silk blouse and her studded ankle boots.


A leather skirt or pants…


She also bought this jumpsuit I mentioned on my Facebook page a little while ago. (Again we talked about all the different ways she could wear it – from sneakers to strappy heels – depending on the occasion. *This would need to be altered on the shoulders to fit just right. My client is a petite, size 16 – 18.

From here (On sale)


You can buy the jacket from here

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