In these days of beautiful appearances on the red carpet, there’s one little secret behind the wonderful looks that we would like to share with you; there are no perfect bodies and no amazing dress that fit like a glove! Having myself fitted many A-listers in their red carpet outfits, you quickly realise that it is not what you wear but how it fits that makes all the difference.
Behind every red carpet appearance there are, apart from the stylist and the designers, the fitters and the tailors and before they have finished working their magic no one would step on to the red carpet.
While watching this year’s Bafta goers dressed in the sombre black of the Times up movement, the right hem length and sleeve length is even more noticeable. Someone who knows her figure only too well and always has her garments fitted to perfection is Salma Hayek, she’s not a classic size by any means but often seen in Gucci as on the Bafta evening, thanks to a perfect fit makes it look like child’s play to get dressed to perfection. The Duchess of Cambridge’s bump would have needed a carefully measured hem to keep an even length. And Rebecca Fergusson’s Stella McCartney train would have been altered to compliment the hem length.
But apart from the obvious hems, many times have I done a series of other alterations too, uneven shoulders, and wide hips, big ribcages etc. make for their own tweaks and tailoring solutions. The beautiful people are not only beautiful they are also normal!
This is a rule that you don’t need to be an A-list celebrity to follow. In fact many are the men who are sartorially savvy enough to have their trouser and sleeve lengths altered so why not nip in the waist on a jacket or lift the strap on a dress. Small tweaks could make the world of difference to our wardrobes.
Most people use alterations as a mending service but how about using it as tool for a beautifully turned out wardrobe. Less items but with a better fit. The savvy shops on the high street and has it fitted. The cash rich shop the fashion brands but still has it fitted! The secret to a glamourous look is in the fit.
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