Quick alteration tip: fixing a drooping skirt

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor top, GAP skirt (similar), Target belt and scarf (old), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots

Unlike some, I like to keep my clothing for years. Through life stages, experiences, and many moves, my clothing stays with me as long as it is in working condition. However, part of this habit comes some headaches, like this skirt for instance. I have had this Gap skirt for nearly 5 years and have altered it many times to my fit fluctuating weight. Darts have been put in the back, length taken off the bottom, and yet still it does not fit me perfectly. To be able to keep this piece, I have found simple ways to “alter” it, making it wearable for weekend.

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As I mentioned above, crudely sewn darts were put in the back of the skirt a few years back to accommodate a weight loss. I have (thankfully!) maintained that weight loss and have even lost a few more pounds, making it droop once again. To solve this problem I use a simple skinny belt, some layering tips, and a blouse-y top to camouflage the ill fit.

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Aside from simply belting the skirt into place, I also almost always wear high waisted SPANX underneath, and layer a tank and a shirt underneath to add extra width in the waist. A blouse-y top and jacket make this acceptable for a casual weekend outfit.

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I have also considered using a bit of fashion tape under the belt to keep it in place on the skirt. Have any of you tried this tip?

Review: J.Crew double-cloth metro coat for pearshapes

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J.Crew coat + boots, Vince Camuto blouse (similar), Banana Republic jeans, Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

I found out a few weeks ago that I will be traveling to Pittsburgh every week for work for the imminent future. I spent my first few days there last week and to say the least, it was COLD. Freezing. I am a California girl at heart and have no idea how I survived. I also quickly realized that I do not own the proper clothing to deal with such weather. Namely, a good quality wool coat. After reading Jean’s review of her J.Crew Lady Day coat with Thinsulate lining, I decided to jump on the J.Crew 40% off deal and buy this coat to keep me warm in the Pittsburgh snow. While I got it for an amazing deal, and it’s clearly great quality, there are definitely some alterations that I am going to need to have done to make this coat flattering and proportional on my frame.

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First, let me preface my review by saying that I ordered a size 12 instead of my usual 10 because I always like my coats a little looser to allow for layering. I cannot vouch for the sizing of the 10.

Likes: I like that the coat is great quality, lined in a silk-like material and the Thinsulate really does keep me very warm. The camel color is a classic and the tortoise buttons are an interesting contrast. The back paneling has curved seaming and a strip of material which creates some definition. The shoulders fit me well (I have standard shoulders), and the sleeve length is just about right. Furthermore, the bottom button closes over my widest part without any pulling! Woohoo! This is my #1 problem with coats and the main reason I ordered up a size. This simple fact makes this coat a winner as compared to many others.

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Dislikes: Because this coat fits my hips, of course, it is too wide in the waist. As you can see below, it needs to be taken in about an inch on each side to create that hourglass effect. As it is now, I look a bit like I am wearing an army uniform. The length on this coat is also an issue. It is abnormally long given that I am of standard height (for reference I am 5’6′). It needs to be taken up at least 2 inches to maintain a contemporary feel.

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Aside from a few alterations, which I am more than happy to pay for, given the great price I got the coat, I am overall very pleased with the purchase. The Lady Day coat never fit me properly (the 12 was too big and the 10 was too small in the hips) so I am thrilled that this other very sophisticated non-belted coat fits pearshapes well. I can’t wait to use this for work trips and finally be warm!

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Have any of you tried J.Crew coats? What do you think of the Metro coat?

Alteration Story: ASOS wide leg work pant

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Express sweater, ASOS pants, J.Crew belt, Pour la Victoire wedge pumps

Last week I gave a sneak peak into a pair of pants I was having altered for work. Unsatisfied with every other formal pant option i’d found off the rack, I took matters into my own hands and ordered a pair of cheap polyester pants from ASOS on sale, 3 sizes too big, and had them tailored perfectly to fit my frame. In short, I couldn’t be any happier with the results!

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This is a total testament to my tailor. She did a superb job (and only charged me $16 to basically reconstruct the whole pant). She ended up taking in about 2 inches on each side of the waist, and pulled in the sides to fit my thighs like a glove.

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I am absolutely in love with the high waist style, the wide leg, and love how it pairs with these new wedge pointy toe pumps I scored on Lord & Taylor for dirt cheap. Overall, these pants will become wardrobe staples for work. While I am not thrilled with the 100% polyester material feeling, you get what you pay for at ASOS. Though, with the amazing result from the tailoring, and the comfort I feel with finally having a pant fit my properly, I would be willing to risk with a more expensive pant.

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I would love to know, have you ever done this drastic of an alteration? How did it turn out?

Altering ASOS high-waisted work pants (a look before alterations)

ASOS pant alteration

ASOS Wide Leg Pants in Navy

I have always been frustrated with work clothing. Much like petites, pearshapes have a hard time finding work-appropriate clothing that fits off the rack. After discussing a few options that fit just fine (like these J.Crew pants, and these Macy’s trousers) I have yet to be completely satisfied with any untailored options. So, I have decided to take matters into my own hands and alter a pair of work pants. I decided to start out small and cheap. Always a fan of the uber flattering high waisted pant, I ordered these ASOS wide leg pants 3 sizes bigger than my normal size specifically to fit my hips and butt, and decided to take them to be altered down to fit my perfectly.

When the pants arrived they fit my hips and thighs beautifully. Not too snug but not too drape-y, perfect for the office. But, as expected, there was at least 4-5 inches of gap in the waist. Above is a picture of the pants all pinned up at the tailors with at least 1-2 inches taken in on each side (I opted for the pants to be taken in on the sides and sacrifice the pockets to avoid puckering in the tush). I am picking up the pants this weekend and will reveal the result next week! If you’re a follower of mine on Facebook or Twitter you know that I am trying to same trick with an on-sale Banana Republic work dress and will be showing those results soon as well!

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