I felt compelled to write a Top Five Musts. These five tips address what helps one to achieve timeless style. These tips transcend fashion trends, and they will help you to stay stylish and comfortable in your own wardrobe, no matter how large or small. They are musts in the sense of fabulosity and great taste.
- Find thee self a good tailor. How? Ask someone close to you where they go, or just test your new person out, by giving the tailor smaller jobs to do. I found mine through my favorite cleaners. I asked for a few pants to be hemmed first. Then I moved to alterations on sleeves. I’m a petite, size 14 on top, 8-10 on bottom. Rarely did I buy a dress and it fit in all the right places. All the dresses I had bought in a previous floral rage, I asked the tailor to make those dresses into skirts. Little by little, he did more and more, and never failed me. He never knew he was being interviewed for the job by altering my clothes here and there. It’s been a great relationship.
- Find thee self a good shoe cobbler. How? Ask someone close to you where they go. I have good one, Brooks here in Chicago. I beleive you can even ship your shoes to them from anywhere in the US. They are expensive, but good. They can rebuild a shoe from the last up. They can do an exact fabric swatch match-good to know when you need a shoe dyed to match on outfit that you just got altered at your new tailor. I also take my shoes to the round-the-way spots when I just need a heel plate or a buff and clean. (There is nothing worse than a diva with a great walk and ran over shoes. Or, a bad ass suit, but no one will get too close because you may set yourself on fire any minute-you’ve walked your shoes down to the nails….ugh…click-clacking on the pavement like ain’t a damn thing wrong. And got a damn Louis hanging off her arm….dig for some change and get thee to the Shoe Man QUICK!!!)
- Find thee a good barber or hair stylist. How? If you read the first two you know what to do. Why? Because a good cut offsets the WORST bad hair days. Good cuts make life easier.
- Find thee a good person to help you with your lingerie wardrobe. Your undergarments are just as important as the outer garments. Ladies. This. Is. Really. Important. Not every bra goes with every dress or blouse. Nor does every thong or pair of panties look good with every pair of pants, jeans, or capris. You really need to have a variety. And you know who you are.
- Get yourself a full size mirror. Do a whole body look before leaving out the door in the morning. If if looks bad now, it will feel worse later.