The importance of tailoring came to me as I walked to work amongst the twist and turning streets of London one morning. I had the opportunity a few years back to intern at a fashion house on Old Bond Street. Famous for its luxury shops and historic buildings, Old Bond Street and its’ surroundings brought about finely dress individuals with good taste. At a first glance, one may come to the conclusion that these high-society folk have money, thus determining their impeccability.
Well I’m here to tell you that’s not always the case. See, what I forgot to mention was that the famous Savile Row was just a stone’s throw away. Savile Row, known for its’ masters of craftsmanship in tailoring, has a history exceeding back to the 1730’s. From the start, men would arrive to have a finely tailored ‘bespoke’ suit handcrafted to fit them perfectly. Fast forward to present day and the importance of a well-tailored wardrobe is alive and strong.
Tailoring adjusts the hems, pinches in the waist, making the outfit work for you and not the other way around. The importance of tailoring for men and women is that subconsciously you carry yourself better. Simple as that. The way you choose to present yourself is an important measure of what you choose to attract in business and in life.
“Dress for the job you want not the job you have” -Anonymous
Now in this day and age, the majority of clothes are Ready To Wear or for lack of a better term, ‘off the rack’. It’s a quick and more lucrative design process for the fashion industry than Haute Couture, which makes one of a kind pieces of wearable art if you will, and at times acts as an expense rather than a gain for even the top design houses. The quality of Ready To Wear has made wondrous advances in recent years and with this, tailoring should follow suit. Already some department stores offer superb tailoring services but as luxury online purchases grow, where will the clientele turn to for tailoring and seamstress needs?
My suggestion? The online fashion power house Net-A-Porter would be the best place to start. This efficient UK company quickly connects luxury attire to jet set customers worldwide with poise. Known for their customer service, Net-A-Porter strives to meet every customer’s need just in time for that unexpected weekend trip to Bora Bora. Whether through the website itself or providing tailoring suggestions in major cities worldwide, Net-A-Porter’s voice in the matter would be greatly appreciated to fashionistas across the board.
…Money can’t always buy you style but a good tailor can.