dressing for one's shape, how people formulize that, and how unhelpful that is, etc

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or can someone just tell me how to wear a suit

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:57 (ten years ago) link

yeah I've found those kind of things helpful in theory but pretty awful for the reasons you mention.
I dunno, I have bought enough stuff in my life that I've convinced myself to like but I always reach for something else in practice because I know it doesn't look great on me, for whatever reason. So I've ended up with a (pretty restrictive at the moment) bunch of 'rules' about what I will and won't bother trying on.

There was a show that was popular here with 'Trinny and Susannah' that apparently consider TWELVE body shapes... Skittle, Goblet, Hourglass, Cornet, Cello, Apple, Column, Bell, Vase, Brick, Lollipop or Pear. I remember thinking they did quite a good job at demonstrating what did/didn't work on them, but I can't really bear to watch them.

kinder, Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:22 (ten years ago) link

i remember those 2. skittle?!

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Monday, 24 February 2014 03:59 (ten years ago) link

I think that's British for "bowling pin"?

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Monday, 24 February 2014 04:05 (ten years ago) link

Tiny little disc candy vs. thin bowling pin

Jaq, Monday, 24 February 2014 04:06 (ten years ago) link

Hmmmm I think the "dress for your body shape" thing is better framed as "wear clothes that fit you properly." Unfortunately--especially when it comes to suits--this is best accomplished by a really good tailor. My best suits have involved a jacket that fit well out of the box, then maybe just a little shaping to get it looking really ace. Pants: my strategy is buy on the big side and basically have them reconstructed to be comfortable and fit nicely. Good-quality materials are important in a suit. Fully lined pants are important. None of this stuff comes cheap.

I wish I had some "how to do a suit without spending hundreds of dollars" protips, because I could use them now that I am no longer a corporate whore with money to blow on suits.

quincie, Monday, 24 February 2014 04:11 (ten years ago) link

actually I have spent more money on the tailoring in some cases then on the suit itself if I scored it from Filene's or a clearance rack or something.

quincie, Monday, 24 February 2014 04:12 (ten years ago) link

I've held off on asking about the dress code for my upcoming internship and am secretly hoping that the answer is "scrubs." Which is not gonna be the case, so I have no idea what I am going to put on in the morning because I don't think my corporate whore suits are going to do the trick.

quincie, Monday, 24 February 2014 04:14 (ten years ago) link

Wondering how long it takes to learn to do the tailoring oneself. Just getting into using a sewing machine & wanting to go in that direction.
Of course not everybody has the time or inclination to do that. &it is going to take an unspecified length of time and patience to reach that skill level.
Just thinking ideally it would be a skill everybody were taught since we're not a species of clones so shapes vary wildly.

Stevolende, Monday, 24 February 2014 08:21 (ten years ago) link

I am by no means a seamstress nor do I even do the basics of sewing, but my mom is quite skilled. Her advice is that it is often more straightforward and satisfying to make up a basic pattern from scratch that fits you well from the get go (because of how you took the measurements, cut the pattern, tried on and pinned during the construction process, etc.) than to try to reverse-engineer something store-bought. That kind of tailoring is a specialty unto itself, and one she avoids (but will whip me up something with darts and pleats and linings and complicated patterns with no problem).

IIRC in orbit can weigh in on this sewing stuff.

quincie, Monday, 24 February 2014 09:34 (ten years ago) link

She and I can both vouch for the "Very Easy Very Vogue" (Vogue) patterns for pretty simple sewing (her) that looks good made up (me).

quincie, Monday, 24 February 2014 09:37 (ten years ago) link

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