I just got this blouse back from the tailor and couldn’t be happier. I fell in love with the juxtaposition of delicate silk and double-breasted trench coat details the moment I saw it. In it’s original state, it wasn’t very doable on me, but I was excited enough about it to see if a tailor could help a sistah out. I took it to Wendy’s favorite tailor, Hector in LA, who is amazingly talented with complicated alterations. He performed nothing short of magic on this blouse, and now I’m obsessed with the way it fits.
The material and details of this blouse are luxe, but leaving it untucked while pairing it with denim shorts and flats is perfect for a casual day.
A tailoring job like this isn’t for everything. It took a lot of skill (Hector was an expert tailor for Hugo Boss before opening his own business), and cost quite a bit more than usual to whittle this blouse down properly. As my closet seems satisfied with enough basics for everyday life, I’m finding myself drawn to pieces that are more detailed, special, and expressive of my style. Sadly, these same items also seem to be more and more out of my size range.
After now taking three items to Hector for his expert full-shebang tailoring jobs (the first was this Rag & Bone blazer, and the third is a classic double-breasted navy blazer that will have to wait until cooler weather to wear), there’s a weight lifted off my shopping with the knowledge that these truly special pieces can be tailored for my height if I’m willing to tack the cost of expert tailoring to the retail price. Again, it’s not for everything, and I’ll add it’s also not for everyone. You really have to be the type of individual who gets joy out of clothing, style, fabrics, and the art of construction.
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Altered – Zara blouse has been tailored