Fashion Cents: How To Alter Clothing

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

--By Kimberly Turner

Recently I did a closet analysis (a.k.a. closet clean out) for a new client. I was amazed at how many pieces in her wardrobe did not fit her well despite how much she spent on her clothing. I had to teach her that just because items on the rack are described as "ready to wear" they are not always ready to wear. So here are 5 common ready to wear assumptions that can be easily altered:

  1. Pants are meant to be that long.

  2. Pants are meant to be that short.

  3. Shoulders on a jacket should hang off of your natural shoulders.

  4. A huge gap in the back is natural.

  5. Buttons are supposed to pull across the breast.

Now watch the video to learn your options for fixing these issues and the possible costs. I promise you, it makes fashion cents.

Kimberly Turner
Kimberly Turner, your personal style guru, is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kimberly has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Image Consulting Certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Kimberly lives in the Windy city of Chicago and is the host of