2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion about bespoke dresses for the office, but if you’re a busty professional, you may want to check out some of our other content, including our most recent roundup of the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom. Ladies, do you buy bespoke dresses and clothing? How else … Read More about How to Wear Dresses If You’re A Size 4 On Top and Size 12 on Bottom
What Stylish Women Get Tailored
We've offered a lot of tailoring clothes tips over the years, from the best alterations for suits to the most common tailoring requests that stylish women make. These are some of our best posts on point, including:
- A Guide to Suiting Alterations
- Tailoring Alterations for Women: What to Ask For To Look More Polished
- How to Get Your Pants Hemmed
- Top Five Alterations for Women (Reader Poll)
- How Short is Too Short for a Skirt
You may also want to check out our series on Workwear Stores Off the Beaten Path, as well as some of our discussions on the best made-to-order clothes for professional women.
What do you do if the elbow of your suit jacket ripped? Reader K has a great question… I just had the elbow of a blazer (mid-price point Club Monaco suit) tear. What do you suggest I do? Can I put elbow patches on it and turn it into a casual piece for Fridays? It … Read More about Suit Jacket Ripped? Some Thoughts on Repair…
Can younger women buy quality suiting pieces like Armani and St. John’s, without looking old? Reader J has an excellent question: I recently bought this Armani Collezioni jacket on an impulse. The price was too good to pass. But after I got home and tried it on a few more times, I start to wonder … Read More about How To Buy Quality Pieces Without Looking Old
2017 Update: We still stand by the advice below, but you can also check out our most recent post on tailoring alterations for women! “Tailoring can really make or break an outfit.” We’ve heard it a million times! On blogs like Extra Petite and Alterations Needed, the bloggers talk — a lot — about what … Read More about Tailoring – What Are Your Top Five Alterations?
Which women should wear pants with cuffs? Where can you get them? Reader E wonders… I had a quick question about cuffed pants. When my boyfriend got a suit, he said that any nice men’s suit pants should be cuffed. I see that it does lay nicely over the foot that way. I don’t see … Read More about The Case Against Cuffed Pants
What is the proper hem length for heels — and how do you commute in shoes of different heights? Reader Y wonders about flared pants, but I think she brings up a great point about hems and women who commute in shoes other than their office heels. I’m a 25 year old working in Boston, … Read More about Flared Pants, Hems, and Commutes
Reader K asks about the merits of cheap suits for women… I’m in the process of changing from a career where pajamas are appropriate work attire to something more “professional” and need all the help I can get. I have been shopping for an interview suit (my first ever and I am almost 40!) and … Read More about Cheap Suits: How Low Can You Go?
2020 Update: We still think this post has a ton of great DIY options for gaping blouses (the comments as well!) — you may also want to check out our most recent round-up of the best solutions for gaping shirts and our recent roundup of companies making dress shirts for for women with large breasts. Button-down … Read More about Mind the Gap: Some DIY Options for Gaping Blouses
2017 Update: We still stand by the advice below on suiting alterations for women, but you can also check out our most recent post on tailoring alterations for women! We’ve talked a bit about tailoring, but what are the top alterations you should be thinking about with a suit? Today’s guest poster, Jean from ExtraPetite, … Read More about A Guide to Suiting Alterations
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to get the perfect plus-size blazer, but you may also want to check out our more recent post on where to find stylish plus-size suits for work. You may also want to sign up for CorporettePlus, our newsletter just for plus-size workwear! The perfect fit … Read More about How to Find The Perfect Plus-Size Blazer
What makes outfits look dated? If you invest in a good working wardrobe, the idea is that it should last you for a long time — and it’s disappointing when they immediately signify to other women “I bought this 5 years ago.” So I thought a fun topic for discussion would be thus: what dates … Read More about Open Thread: What Makes Outfits Look Dated?
Reader E has a question that should take us into an interesting discussion of how low the bar can go in terms of professional dressing if circumstances require it… I broke my leg — in 11 places– over the weekend. I have been on bed rest for almost a week, and probably have another week … Read More about Dressing Professionally with a Cast