Last week in Part One, we talked about the role that fabric plays in building a strong style foundation. This week, we move on to fabric’s greatest ally: fit. Understanding why an exceptional fit is important to your image can really help you put the pieces together and see the bigger picture when it comes to creating your perfect look.
Getting back to basics
There’s a symbiotic relationship between fabric and fit that is undeniable – one without the other simply doesn’t work. Once you have started with quality fabrics, the next step is to hand those those fabrics over to someone who understands how to create the right fit. If you have never had anything tailored or made to measure before, you might not see what the big deal is at first, but once you try on a garment that has been created or tailored specifically for your body, the difference will become immediately clear.
An investment in expensive clothing does not automatically equal an authoritative look, if that clothing isn’t tailored to perfection. Any decent salesman can sell you an expensive suit or convince you of the necessity of good fabrics, but only an experienced wardrobe consultant with a trained eye can give you accurate and appropriate advice on the right style and fit for you. It doesn’t make any sense to have one without the other.
Making your personal statement
Ensuring that something fits your body well is the first and most important step, but it’s not the only one. A perfect fit in terms of your personal style is also about making creative decisions. Your choice of fit sends a message about who you are and what kind of statement you’re making. For example, you might prefer an Ivy League Classic fit, with a fuller body, or you might feel more comfortable in a Contemporary Trend with a narrow waist and a slimmer silhouette. If you’re unsure, your wardrobe consultant can make recommendations based on your lifestyle, body type, and personal preferences. You can then make a choice that is a unique reflection of you.
That one-of-a-kind feeling
With the right fit, you can go from being just another person in the crowd, to being the one that people can’t take their eyes off of. The even greater benefit, though, is how confident you’ll feel on the inside when you like how you look on the outside.
Every physique is different, and each person has their own sense of how they want to come across, so the perfect fit will vary from person to person. It’s essential, therefore to trust your tailoring to someone who understands the nuances of those differences. At the end of the process, when you see how you look in clothes that are a perfect fit for you, don’t be surprised if you never want to go back to the way things were before.