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April 5, 2016

Wardrobe Heroes that Will Look Custom-Made

Did you read this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “How To Get the Perfect Fit with Every Purchase” ? We gave our tips to shop online with ease – and make sure your clothes fit you just right. These Fashion Finds are some of our favorites – and with tips on how they can be easily altered if needed, they can become your wardrobe stars.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Mackenzie-Lavish-One-Button-Linen-Jacket/prod188490028_cat47070757__/p.prod
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Mackenzie-Lavish-One-Button-Linen-Jacket/prod188490028_cat47070757__/p.prod
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Lafayette 148 New York - Mackenzie Lavish One-Button Linen Jacket
Mackenzie Lavish One-Button Linen Jacket
Lafayette 148 New York
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Why is it a Find? A linen blazer in soft warm weather color, like this one from Lafayette 148 New York, is a great investment jacket. And at this amazing sale price, there’s plenty of room left over for tailoring if you need it. In a timeless, 1-button style, this jacket is lined with cotton fabric– it will crease as linen naturally does, but the high quality fabrics ensure it won’t look rumpled or sloppy.
Wear it with: The pop of color looks great with neutrals, especially paler ones like white, ivory, grey or tan. On a day when you’re wearing jeans, this jacket will add instant polish and style.
Fit Tip: Lafayette’s modern fit is never too trim, meant to fit a real woman’s figure. And its finely crafted, but that doesn’t mean a trusted tailor can alter it to be just right on you. Sleeves can be shortened from the shoulder (so the 4 cuff buttons will not be disturbed), the body can be taken in through the darting, and the button closure can even be moved a bit for more or less room – though a single button closure like this is easily flattering on all chest sizes.
Alternatives: This comes in turquoise and red through the ‘shop it’ button, too. And the sale price can justify buying more than one. Theory’s linen jacket has an almost denim-like look to it’s blue version, with a 2-button closure, if you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/soft-joie-deandra-stripe-cotton-top/4296019 Joie - Deandra Stripe Cotton Top
Joie - Deandra Stripe Cotton Top
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Joie - Deandra Stripe Cotton Top
Deandra Stripe Cotton Top
Joie
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Why is it a Find? Joie never disappoints when it comes to casual tops. This easy stripe has a beachy feel in its gauzy cotton that can be worn for a day tooling around town or to a relaxed dinner out with friends.
Wear it with: The fabric is beautifully lightweight, and looks great with wide leg linen pants, relaxed jeans, white pants, or even shorts. You can throw it on over a bathing suit for a day down by the beach, or just layer a cami underneath when you’re going for a more polished look.
Fit Tip: Joie is known for their easy, modern fit – especially in their amazing tops that are cut for a relaxed yet stylish look. You want to wear it untucked to show off the alternate stripe finish. To ensure it never looks too oversized , make sure it hits just around the hip/upper thigh area. If you’re a short gal, the tailor can remove that portion and reattach it higher for a perfect fit. A tailor can even sew up the split neckline a bit, if it’s dipping too low.
Alternatives: The pretty paisley version is harder to shorten, but can also be altered for neckline and sleeve length.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/Tshirtsandtanktops/shortsleevetshirts/PRDOVR~E8450/E8450.jsp J.Crew - Relaxed Linen T-shirt
J.Crew - Relaxed Linen T-shirt
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J.Crew - Relaxed Linen T-shirt
Relaxed Linen T-shirt
J.Crew
Sold by: J.Crew

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Why is it a Find? You may be wondering why we are featuring a simple tee in a post where we are talking about tailoring. Well, here’s why. Getting the proportions of your tee just right will make you look like a million dollars. Jennifer Aniston has often said that she tailors her tees. And really, looking like her when you’re stepping out certainly isn’t a bad thing. This J.Crew tee has all the fixin’s for that go-to tee. The linen fabric has a wonderful hand, creating a texture that steps up the style on this simple piece.
Wear it with: When it fits right, we all know you can wear a gray tee with anything from your shorts or boyfriend jeans, to a layer under your blazer. This one has the polish to dress up and down with ease.
Fit Tip: J.Crew has cut this tee for a relaxed fit. And that’s where you have to be careful. To prevent it from looking sloppy when worn untucked, it’s all about getting the length just right. So take your normal size to ensure you get that perfect slouch, without any unnecessary cling. And then, if you need to, bring it to your tailor to shorten it to hit just to your hip. It may seem like a silly indulgence, but it’s well worth it.
Alternatives: This perfect grey t-shirt comes in lots of colors, from neutral to pop color, but sizes are going fast. J.Crew’s v-neck vintage cotton tees can be shortened for a perfect fit, too. And a tailor can even open up the seams at the shoulders to raise the neckline if you feel it dips too low for you – but in comes in petites, too, so that probably won’t be necessary.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Straight/PRDOVR~E9499/E9499.jsp J.Crew - Preston Pant
J.Crew - Preston Pant
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J.Crew - Preston Pant
Preston Pant
J.Crew
Sold by: J.Crew

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Why is it a Find? The updated rise only accentuates the wide leg of these work-ready cotton pants by J.Crew. It makes your legs look like they go on forever – whether that’s true or not.
Wear it with: These pants have a chambray look to them – the cotton weaves blue and white together. So, you can add a white button down or white blazer and nude pumps for a great work look. If you want to give them a more casual feel, add your favorite tee or tank (in any color) and simple white sneakers.
Fit Tip: It’s all about the proportion with these pants. And, as you’ll see in a customer review through the ‘shop it’ button, we do find they are long on many ladies. But, a quick trip to the tailor will fix that. Be sure to bring the shoes you’ll most often wear with them, so they can be properly shortened to just skim the ground. That is the most flattering length. Since these do sit closer to the natural waist, if you have bigger hips and a narrower waist, the waist can also be taken in, so be sure to go with your typical J.Crew size for a perfect fit.
Alternatives: These gorgeously bold, deep orange Alice + Olivia pants have a wide leg and high waist that will make you feel like Katherine Hepburn. Worth a trip to the tailor, whether you need to shorten the hem, taper the legs if the volume is a bit too much for you, or nip the waist.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-skirts/38862637.jsp#/ Maeve - Marin Midi Skirt
Maeve - Marin Midi Skirt
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Maeve - Marin Midi Skirt
Marin Midi Skirt
Maeve
Sold by: Anthropologie

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Why is it a Find? The simple stripes of this pencil skirt from Anthropologie update the classic style without making it too trendy. And the jacquard texture gives the fabric a beautiful finish so the stripes have an almost broken look to them.
Wear it with: It’s a pattern that uses neutrals, so almost anything goes. Play into the sophisticated color palette with a short sleeve black sweater or a white linen button down. Or add a little color, like orange or soft blue. We always love ladylike pumps with a pencil skirt, but sweet ballet flats look just as good.
Fit Tip: Through the ‘shop it’ button, you’ll see this skirt comes in sizes 00-14 and Petite. And it’s a modern fit, so you can go with your normal size. But that doesn’t mean you may not need a little tweak here or there. As we’ve been saying, buy for your biggest part. So, if that means, it ends up a little loose in the waist, don’t try to wear it low-slung on your hips. Just bring it to a tailor, and have them nip the waist in. You’ll look instantly thinner, since the wide waistband will instantly show off your smallest part. The same is true if you have the reverse body type. If you have narrow hips, but a bigger waist, buy for your waist and the tailor can take in the body of the skirt for a beautifully fitted pencil silhouette. And if the slit is too high (or not high enough) for you, that can be adjusted, as well.
Alternatives: J.Crew’s khaki skirt has a slit and similar fit, but with a more casual feel in a washed cotton and great self belt.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shirtsandtops/topsblouses/PRDOVR~C0770/C0770.jsp J.Crew - Structured Flutter-hem T-shirt
J.Crew - Structured Flutter-hem T-shirt
Why is it a Find? Peplums and frill are popular this season – and they sure look great. But the key is to makes sure the top isn’t too loose fitting in the body…and the hem isn’t too long. Otherwise, it can overwhelm you. This version, from J.Crew, is made in a ponte fabric with a crewneck and short sleeves, giving a girly flutter hem a sophisticated air that is appropriate for the office – and all types of ladies.
Wear it with: Your favorite slim work trousers, a pencil skirt or skinny jeans all work really well with this top. The flounce of the hem is perfectly balanced with any of these trim silhouettes – and subtly conceals the hip area, while creating a pretty hourglass shape.
Fit Tip: This is cut in J.Crew’s typically modern fit, so it’s not too trim and runs in sizes XXXS-XL. The peplum only runs across the front of the top, so a tailor can always take it in through the seam that runs down the back if you want to have a trimmer fit.
Alternatives: It also comes in simple white through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-fil-coupe-sleeveless-shift-dress-nordstrom-exclusive/4241417 Vince - Fil Coupé Sleeveless Shift Dress
Vince - Fil Coupé Sleeveless Shift Dress
Why is it a Find? Another item where you have to make sure there is not excess volume is in an easy fitting dress like this Vince one. But, boy, when it looks good, it looks GOOD. And you’ll never be more comfortable. Vince is known for their clean styling and modern aesthetic, and that is evident in this shift dress. The textured silk/cotton fabric has a dressier feel, perfect for a cocktail party, nice dinner, or even a less formal wedding, making it an investment worth making.
Wear it with: You don’t need much – let this dress speak for itself. Some great earrings and a cuff bracelet are all the jewelry you need. And let the occasion dictate your shoes. Gold or silver and strappy for a dressy affair, cognac leather on a wedge create a great night out look that’s more casual.
Fit Tip: Vince has a modern fit, and often runs on the bigger side. While this runs true to size, it is meant to be loose – and if you are on the shorter side, or have a larger chest, you don’t want it to be TOO loose. If the armholes fit, but it’s just too wide on you, a tailor can actually open up the side seams and taper the body. It will still have the same cool and easy-fitting look, but won’t overwhelm you. Also make sure it’s the right length – mid-thigh to just above the knee – so it looks stylish and not over-sized. The armholes, which are cut in slightly to elongate your arms and accentuate your shoulders, have a really nice fit and are completely bra-friendly.
Alternatives: Nic + Zoe’s linen version has a casual feel and great price that will be a weekend staple – and all the fit suggestions and tailoring options from the Vince dress featured apply here, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/dresses/jumpsuitsandrompers/PRD~E9086/E9086.jsp J.Crew - Cropped Wide-leg Jumpsuit
J.Crew - Cropped Wide-leg Jumpsuit
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J.Crew - Cropped Wide-leg Jumpsuit
Why is it a Find? We know some ladies have been known to shy away from jumpsuits because they don’t feel they fit right. Well, jumpsuits have become a staple and an ideal alternative to a dress. This J.Crew version has all the makings of a go-to piece.
Wear it with: Heels and a great necklace dress it up for a night out. But you can throw on a light colored blazer (like the white Theory one to the right) and nude pumps for an office look, too.
Fit Tip: J.Crew’s modern fit is true here. It’s meant to be easy, just skimming the body in your normal size, with an elastic waist that makes it easy to pull on and off, while creating instant shape. And it can easily be tweaked by a tailor, if needed. For ex., if the armholes are too big or neckline dips too low, he/she can shorten the top from the shoulder seams or take in the sides under the arm holes. If there’s too much volume in the legs, they can be taken in down the outer seams, ensuring the back pockets and front pleats still lay flat. And, of course, the length can be shortened to ensure it hits just above the ankle to create the right proportion.
Alternatives: J.Crew also has a more laid-back version with a short sleeve.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Lindrayia-B-Admiral-Crepe-Open-Jacket/prod190060035_cat47070757__/p.prod Theory - Lindrayia B Admiral Crepe Open Jacket
Theory - Lindrayia B Admiral Crepe Open Jacket
Why is it a Find? Theory’s white jacket is feminine and simply tailored - it will never go out of style. We always believe in investing in timeless blazers, and it’s important they fit to perfection to create that chic and finished look the moment you slip them on.
Wear it with: The crepe fabric is endlessly versatile, and can be worn as a suit with the matching pants (also through the ‘shop it’ button). You can also pair it with white cotton trousers or jeans for a monochromatic look that less dressy. And while these looks all work for the office, this fabric is easily appropriate for a shower or more formal dinner, too – just add a silk blouse or shell and pretty heels in any color.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit for a slim and polished look. This jacket has an open front, which makes it even easier to wear. The only tailoring most ladies will need is to have the sleeves shortened, if you want to maintain the ¾ sleeve that is so flattering. If you just have a little length to remove, the tailor will probably do it from the hem of the sleeve. If you have a lot, they can do it from the shoulder seam. If you prefer to have the option to close it, a simple hook-and-loop can be sewn in, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hudson-jeans-ferris-flare-jeans-sunbelt/4307168 Hudson Jeans - Ferris Flare Jeans
Hudson Jeans - Ferris Flare Jeans
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Hudson Jeans - Ferris Flare Jeans
Ferris Flare Jeans
Hudson Jeans
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Why is it a Find? Flare jeans always look great in the warmer months with loose fitting blouses and a great pair of wedges. This season, they’re more important than ever and Hudson’s pale blue color has fading in all the right places and a cheery shade of broken-in denim that is really fresh.
Wear it with: A boho blouse, tee, tank, or easy-fitting pullover sweater on a cool evening all look great. Dress up these jeans with wedges, and dress them down with flip flops. The lighter shade is just made for all the colors of Summer.
Fit Tip: Hudson jeans have a great contemporary fit that’s not overly skinny, and really flattering on lots of body types. These flare jeans have a trouser-like finish, with a wider hem that you don’t want to lose if you need to shorten them. Just tell the tailor to “keep the original hem” and they’ll stitch it right back on. Make sure the length just skims the ground with the shoes you’ll most commonly wear with them. And if you prefer simpler back pockets, the flaps can even be removed – a nice option for ladies with fuller behinds.
Alternatives: They also come in a darker version with some well-placed distressing. And J Brand has a pair with slanted front pockets for a version that is so office appropriate (where jeans are acceptable, of course).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-jodi-crop-slim-flare-jeans-white/4289019 AG Jeans - Jodi Crop Slim Flare Jeans
AG Jeans - Jodi Crop Slim Flare Jeans
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AG Jeans - Jodi Crop Slim Flare Jeans
Jodi Crop Slim Flare Jeans
AG Jeans
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Why is it a Find? AG’s jeans are the perfect update to your favorite white jeans for the season. The higher rise sits just around your belly button, which helps create an elongating look to offset the cropped length. And these jeans have a very subtle flare to the hem, which is very current and a refreshing change to the typical skinny finishes we are used to seeing.
Wear it with: Everything – they’re white jeans! Heeled sandals and a cute blouse for a night out, flat sandals and a loose top for brunch, cute sneakers and a tee to walk around town, they go with everything.
Fit Tip: AG is a contemporary line, but it’s doesn’t run small – go with your normal size. The cropped length means you may very well not need to shorten these. Anything from just above the ankle to just below the calf looks great. But if you do need to, the clean white wash means you don’t need to keep the original hem – just a simple hem will look authentic to the jeans. A little tailoring tip we like for white jeans though, is to remove the front pockets. A tailor will remove the pocket lining and seal the pockets, so they still look real, but all the excess fabric that can show through on white jeans, is gone. It’s a much smoother look.
Alternatives: Joe’s Jeans perfectly broken-in blue denim version can be altered the same way for a perfect fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joie-stuva-linen-pants/4170260 Joie - Stuva Linen Pants
Joie - Stuva Linen Pants
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Joie - Stuva Linen Pants
Stuva Linen Pants
Joie
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Why is it a Find? Joie’s modern mix of great linen pants and your favorite sweats makes for a perfect pair of weekend go-to. Joie always delivers with easy, modern-fitting style and they don’t disappoint with these weekend warriors.
Wear it with: A simple tee, gauzy button down or tank top look great. And the neutral olive color goes with soft and bold colors, alike.
Fit Tip: Joie’s easy fit is on full display with the elastic waist and loose fit. The knit cuff such a cute finish, playing up the athleisure inspiration, but in a really ladylike way. It’s important that these are the right length on you though, so you don’t get a billowy, old sweatpants look. And that’s easy to do just by having a tailor shorten them to hit just a couple inches above your ankle, keeping the knit cuff in tact (he/she will just remove it and stitch it back on).
Alternatives: They come in white through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Joie also has a light blue chambray version, made from lyocell, to give them a seriously soft hand and perfect drape – the elastic cuff hem can also be reattached to keep the original hem if you need alter them.
https://www.shopbop.com/cross-body-purse-baggu/vp/v=1/1579671621.htm BAGGU - Cross Body Bag
BAGGU - Cross Body Bag
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BAGGU - Cross Body Bag
Cross Body Bag
BAGGU
Sold by: Shopbop

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Why is it a Find? A bag? In a post about tailoring? You bet. The regained popularity of crossbody bags means longer straps. And sometimes, they are just too long – especially if you want the option to wear the bag on your shoulder, too.This one is not only on sale, but use Code: INTHEFAM for 25% off most everything on Shopbop thru 4/7 - even sale.
Wear it with: Any casual look can be finished with this bag. A day of shopping, drinks with friends, and a must-have on vacation, the navy color is a great alternative to black or brown – and equally neutral.
Fit Tip: If you decide you want to shorten the strap, bring this one to your local cobbler, instead of your local tailor. They have the leather expertise to shorten the strap with ease.
Alternatives: Even Elizabeth & James crossbody bag, in natural or black has an adjustable strap, but is still quite long – any shoemaker can add extra holes to the buckle strap (or just shorten it).
 

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