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Tailoring Alterations for Women: What to Ask For to Look More Polished

Tailoring Alterations for Women | CorporetteWhat are the most helpful alterations a tailor can make for professional women? What tailoring alterations really make an impact in looking polished? Reader L wrote in with this question, and I thought it might make an interesting open thread:

I’m 99% sure you did something on this years ago but could be worth reviving a post on what tailors / shoemakers can to do help fit or fix your clothes (i.e. Adding extra belt or shoe strap holes, protective soles, sewing in those bra strap holders, etc).

Great point! We have talked about the most common suiting alterations, as well as the most common tailoring alterations, but not in a while. I know some people get every single thing tailored; personally I’m probably on the lower end of the spectrum, where it has to be a pretty special item for me to take it to the tailor. I’ve had pants and jeans shortened, a waist or two taken in, the bustline of an empire dress moved down so it laid better, and added extra strap holes to belts or shoes (although if memory serves a friend just had one of those hole-punchers). (But I’ll fully admit that a lot of my pants were hemmed by my mother, especially in my younger years!) Reader L’s note about bra strap holders is a brilliant idea — and I probably should get the sleeves on most of my blazers (and possibly a good winter coat or two) shortened — although in more recent years I’ve been buying petite blazers, for just that reason.  Ah yes, and I’ve also tried to replace the lining of a winter coat, many moons ago, although that was more of a DIY effort and turned into a huge PITA. Another DIY alteration I’ve done a few times is to sew pockets closed. (If I buy them sewn closed I often keep them closed!)

As we’ve noted in the past, a big tip for any tailoring is to make sure that you’ve washed the item BEFORE you’ve had it tailored, as certain types of cotton and other washable fabrics can shrink.

What about you, ladies — what are the things you ask your tailor to do most often? Do you have any a-ha moments to share regarding tailoring alterations — things that once you heard about you thought were brilliant ideas (like Reader L’s idea for bra strap holders), or “not worth the time and energy” lessons, like me with the coat lining? If anyone has any favorite tailors in your city, please feel free to shout them out in the comments also.

(Ooh, and here’s another question — what tailoring alterations for women (or men) have you learned to do yourselves? Anyone have any favorite tutorials to share?)

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Happy MLK Day! A few good sales for workwear…

Happy MLK Day, everyone! Here are some of the best sales going on today… my favorites are in bold!

  • Aerie –  All clearance $20 and under. $2.99 undies.
  • Ann Taylor Ends Monday night, online only, extra 70% off all sale styles. (All sales final.)
  • Anthropologie – New sale styles added + extra 40% off with code TAGTIME.
  • Boden – Up to 70% off final clearance (all final sales).
  • Brooks Brothers Up to 50% off select fall and winter styles, and up to 70% off select clearance sales — PLUS an additional 15% off.
  • Club Monaco – New styles added, up to 65% off sale when you take an additional 40% off already marked-down styles.
  • Express – 40% off everything, plus hundreds of new styles added to clearance.
  • J.Crew Extra 50% off all final sale styles with code MONDAY.
  • J.Crew Factory 40% off everything in stores and online, PLUS free shipping with code BRRRSALE.
  • Last Call Extra 60 5o 90% clearance!
  • Limited – 50% off entire site; all sales final.
  • LK Bennett – Take an additional 40% off sale with code HURRAY.
  • Loft – 50% off everything, plus an extra 60% off all sale styles.
  • Neiman Marcus – Extra 20% off last call sale prices, online only.
  • New York & Co. – $100 off orders of $200+, and combine with all of our new arrivals 30% off. PLUS doorbusters of $20 pants and jeans till 2PM. 70% off clearance.
  • Nordstrom – TONS of new markdowns, especially on workout clothes — tons of great leggings and more.
  • Reiss – Winter styles added to sale, up to 50% off.
  • Talbots – Extra 50% off markdowns (up to 70% off original prices), PLUS $20 off every $100 you spend.
  • Victoria’s Secret – Semi-Annual sale, bras start at $9.99, panties at $3.99, sleep at $19.99, and sport at $12.99.
  • Zappos – Sale! Up to 50% off thousands of markdowns, including classics like this beloved Sam Edelman bootie or this TOMS wedge bootie.

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Resolutions for 2017 – What Are Yours?

Resolutions for Busy Women | CorporetteResolutions: Do you do ’em? We talked last year about how some people have a resolution theme instead of a list (I had to read my post to remember that “hungry” was my resolution — sad!), but I think this year I’m back to a simple list of things, all aimed at finally losing the baby weight and trying to grow my business.

Like I did last year, I thought I’d round up some of our posts that might help you with popular resolutions, like looking more polished, moving more, growing your career, and more.  Ladies, what are your resolutions for 2017? How did you do on your resolutions from 2016? Did anyone have any breakthroughs that you’d care to share?

Look More Polished

Appreciate More, Stress Less

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale 2016: Workwear & Beyond

Oooh: the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale has started and it’s good.  Below are some of my favorites for work — what deals have you found? (I haven’t even gotten to bags and shoes yet!)

Bargains at the #NSale (Under $75)

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Suits on Sale

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Cashmere on Sale at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

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Amazing Deals on Workwear Basics from Designers (All Under $350)

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20 After Christmas Sales of Note — for Workwear & Beyond!

Oooh — lots of great after-Christmas sales going on right now, for workwear and beyond — what are your favorite finds? Here are 20 great sales, with my favorite six in bold.  Pictured.

  • 6pm.com – After Christmas Clearance! Everything STARTS at 60% off MSRP. Featured sales include UGG, Coach, Frye, Sperry, Nine West, and more.
  • Ann Taylor – Semi Annual Sale, up to 70% off all sale styles!
  • Anthropologie – Fresh cuts by the thousands, now an extra 40% off sale items with code TAGTIME.
  • Banana Republic – Biggest end of year sale, extra 60% off sale! Discount automatically applied at checkout.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Save up to 70% off when you take an additional 25% off previously reduced merchandise.
  • Bloomingdale’s – After-Christmas sale & clearance, save up to 75%.
  • Boden – Up to 60% off sale!
  • Brooks Brothers – Ends tomorrow, save an additional 15% off! Semi-annual sale, online and in stores, limited time values.
  • Club Monaco – Up to 65% off sale when you take an additional 40% off already marked down styles. (No code needed.)
  • Express – 50% off everything!
  • Last Call – Extra 60%-80% off clearance, extra 30%-50% off everything else!
  • Limited – Extra 70% off all sale items. 50% off all pants, 50% off all holiday dresses. All sales final.
  • Loft – 50% off EVERYTHING with code TREATS.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 60% off with an extra 25-30% off sale prices. Plus, spend $200 save $50, spend $400+ save $100.
  • Nordstrom – Half-Yearly sale! (Stay tuned for our roundup!)
  • Reiss – New lines added, sale, up to 50% off.
  • Shopbop – Three days only: get up to 75% off by taking an additional 25% off sale items with code TREATYOURSELF.
  • Talbots – Semi-Annual Savings, extra 40% off markdowns, up to 60% off original prices.
  • Victoria’s Secret – The After Christmas Sale! Bras buy 1, get 1 50% off.
  • Zappos – Big clearance sale on clothes, bags, shoes and more. Tons of Aerosoles, Anne Klein, Aquatalia, DvF, Dooney & Bourke, Donna Morgan, French Connection, Frye, Geox, Kate Spade New York, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Mark Jacobs, Miz Mooz, Nine West, NYDJ, Rebecca Minkoff, Seychelles, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Madden, Stuart Weitzman, TOMS, Tory Burch, and UGG on sale.

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Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale JUST STARTED!

Wow — Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale was slated to begin Dec. 26, and I visited today expecting to see a few early markdowns — instead, it’s full-on sale mode. I’ll try to round stuff up later today, but I thought I’d give everyone an early head’s up!  Happy holidays to all!

(Pictured: This gorgeous Classiques Entier dress comes in purple and black — and it’s marked from $249 to $149. Lots of sizes left in regular and petites.)

A few other sales of note (UPDATED):

  • Boden has a good sale going, up to 50% off.
  • The Saks Designer sale is 70% off (online only); sister site Off5TH is up to 90% when you use code OHWOW to take an extra 40% off clearance. (If you happen to need flatware sets, CRAZY sales.)
  • Word on the street is The Limited is closing — all sales are final. If you have gift cards, use them now — if you’re a fan of any of their pants, sheath dresses, or suits, it may be time to stock up.