Ask any designer or well-respected fashionista and they’ll tell you every time, tailoring and fit are key elements to any wardrobe.  It’s like you’ve always heard: quality, not quantity.  There is nothing less attractive than parading about in clothes too tight, too loose, or too ill fitting. 

You work hard for your shape, so why not show it off?  In the summer months, it is easier to get away with looser clothing.  Not only because the heat calls for looser fabrics, but you also wear less, are inevitably showcasing some skin, and  (though those skin tight jean shorts could probably stand to go up a size or two).

But in fall, when you start to pile on the layers, if you don’t want to get lost in the bundle of fabric, then fit is key.  Let’s write that again.  Fit is key.  Just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean you’re allowed to get schlepy.  A little schlep now and again is fine, but in general, a clean, feminine line that showcases your curves is best.

Women’s clothing comes in such a variety of shapes and sizes, and ready-to-wear garments are tailored for proportionate figures, so if your bodies falls anywhere outside of the tried and true ordinary that are most garment blocks, then find yourself a good tailor (ask friends, local shopkeepers) and keep a few things in mind.

  • A well cut skirt or pant should have a clean hang, with no gathering, creasing or bunching
  • The amount of structure in the shoulder is determined by how structured the coat is overall, by how sloped the wearer’s shoulders are, as well as by fashion and taste
  • The more fitted the garment, the more precise the overall cut should be

-Arianna Schioldager

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