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The secret to looking great is wearing clothes that fit your body, which may require getting your clothes tailored. If you haven't been to a tailor before, here's how to find a great one.

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What Is Tailoring?

Tailoring is the art of adjusting clothes to fit a particular person's unique body shape. Tailors can adjust anything from the sleeve length and shoulder seams of a suit jacket to the inseam of a pair of denim jeans to the drape of a wedding dress.

5 Tips for Finding a Great Tailor

When it comes to altering an expensive suit jacket or a favorite pair of pants, you want to make sure your pieces are in the hands of a good tailor.

  1. Decide what kind of tailor you need. Different tailors have different areas of expertise. You might be able to go to your local dry cleaners for a simple hemming job, but they may not have the capacity to create a bespoke suit or custom dress shirt. When searching for the best tailor for the job, describe the specific work you need done in detail. You might need to have more than one tailor to deal with different clothing alterations.
  2. Ask about the cost upfront. Most tailors don’t list pricing for their tailoring services because the cost can vary depending on the complexity of the project. Ask for a cost estimate before you go in for a fitting to make sure your new tailor shop is within your budget.
  3. Start with a test run. If you're looking for a new tailor, start with basic alterations. The first time you go in, bring a pair of pants in need of a simple hem or a blazer with jacket sleeves that aren't the right length. This is a good way to start your relationship and see if you actually like the finished product before requesting more complicated alterations.
  4. Be realistic about turnaround times. The time it takes to tailor an item will depend on the complexity of the task and how busy your tailor is. Give yourself plenty of time so that you can avoid a last-minute tailoring emergency. Communicate clearly with your tailor so that you know exactly when to expect your item back.
  5. Over-communicate. In addition to communicating clearly with your tailor about price and turnaround times, it's important to choose a tailor who understands your needs. Don't be embarrassed to get specific about how you want your shirt cuffs and denim to look and fit. A good tailor will want to know exactly what you're looking for so that you won't be disappointed with the end result.
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