Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Fit is Everything

Wearing clothes that actually fit your body, that aren't too baggy or too tight in all the wrong places, can determine an outfit's overall success. That's why it's critical to have a good seamstress or alterations specialist in your back pocket -- I like Gill's Alterations in Buckhead -- for those items of clothing that you just love, but that need some tweaks here and there to conform to your individual body type.

Most people aren't built the same way, yet there's a standardization in sizing that we all have to adhere to, and sometimes even the most polished brands can get it all wrong.

Take today's BCBGMaxAzria dress. I bought it on clearance (originally $178; purchased for $49), so yes, I saved some money, but sometimes even the best deals aren't worth it. The dress is cheaply made, with no lining, and the fabric pulls everywhere. Also, even though I'm wearing a size small, the waist is very big on me. (This is where your seamstress comes in.)

I love the white stitching, but it's not enough to make me love this dress, which can't decide if it wants to be a sheath dress (it's not quite form fitting enough) or a full out fit and flare dress. The long skirt also doesn't do me any favors; as a short person, skirts that hit at the knee or lower tend to make me look even shorter!

If anything, I think I learned a valuable lesson today: Sometimes, if a dress is on sale, there's a reason why. Hey -- at least it's comfortable, right?

Shoes: Saint Laurent Paris 80 Studded Cap Toe Pumps (no longer available)