Y’all I am a changed woman; it was 48 degrees the past three days + it was glorious. With the snow melted and the sun out this city truly comes alive!
Sunday afternoon my friend and I walked through Central Park for hours before walking to church; it was heavenly.
Most of today I spent inside on my taxes (ugh…April is coming up fast friends!), but I made sure to leave time for a run at Prospect Park. I was beginning to truly doubt my affections for this city over the past 2 months (a.k.a the Polar Vortex nightmare!), but the past few days reminded me how much beauty, energy, and life take place in New York.
Now switching gears. Today really belongs to the tale of conquering my most coveted Ralph Lauren Blazer. Le’sigh. I adore this blazer.
My friend purchased this same blazer probably about two years ago. As soon as she took it out of the bag, my mouth was watering. The gold buttons + the Ralph Lauren crest + not to mention it is navy blue (which is my black!). I hunted this baby down for months with no luck, and then ONE DAY friends.
One day I hopped into TJMaxx to grab something random, and there hanging on the final sale rack for $60 was my blazer. I may have squealed, and ran over to grab it, only to find that it was two sizes too big. For an instant I wanted to cry, but like most every investment piece in my closet it goes straight to the tailor so I figured I’d buy it and my tailor would work her magic.
I had her let out the sleeves 3/4 an in., tuck the sides, and bring in the shoulders a bit. While having a good tailor can be a bit pricey (it actually cost more to get the blazer tailored than what I paid for it); it is well worth the investment. Now have a classic blazer that will surpass the trends of the season, and last me for years.
Ladies (and gentlemen) if you do not have a tailor, you must get one. Here’s why:
- I’m 5’10, have a 36 inch inseam (yes you read that correctly…my legs never end) + I have an athletic build. Unless you are a true sample size (which lets face it, 95% of us aren’t), then the clothes that we buy simply were not created to fit our bodies. (All ladies should let out a huge sigh of relief at this!) We all have had those shopping experiences where we leave feeling discouraged that nothing fits quite right, and we feel like something is wrong with us! (Don’t even get me started on jean shopping!). However, take heart this is a normal experience when we take into consideration that all of our bodies are different + unless you’re going to put on a one-size-fits-all spandex body suit there’s no way clothes can fit all of our beautiful and unique body types. We simply have to have the eyes to see which pieces are worth taking right on over to the tailor.
- Always your investment pieces! Your super trendy shirt that you bought for $20 or your mass produced denim skinny jeans that were $35 probably aren’t what you’ll be taking to the tailor. However, that blazer that you want to wear to work, those trousers that you’ll wear for the next 5 years, your winter jacket…yes those are all pieces to take into your tailor to get that perfect fit.
- Think of your tailor as an investment. Your tailor will take a blazer that you could wear for one or two seasons, and make it a blazer to last 20 seasons. Here in the city I go to Sullivan’s in Manhattan + I went to the same tailor in Newport Beach on 17th st. for almost 4 years.
Happy Tuesday Friends + Cheers to finding your Tailor that is the perfect fit for you! (yes…that pun was actually intended!)