A Real Girl's Guide to Tailoring: What's Worth It (and What to Skip)

If there's one trick many well-dressed women keep up their exquisitely hemmed sleeves, it's tailoring. While ready-to-wear pieces are technically ready to be worn (duh), getting your go-to pieces tailored can make a world of difference. More than fixing small rips or slippery straps, a great tailor knows exactly how to fit everything from jeans to ball gowns exactly to your frame.

Since the idea of sending out your entire wardrobe may seem to be a bit much, we enlisted the help of tailoring expert and custom designer Kiya Tomlin to break down what’s really necessary. From what to look for in a good tailor to the right way to nip and tuck your go-to items, Tomlin makes the art of tailoring simple. Read on for our tailoring guide, complete with all her tips, and to shop the staples to consider tailoring yourself.

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.