When I was a much younger lady, I had a lot less discretion (heck, didn’t we all?) I thrifted with reckless abandon, buying anything that vaguely looked good on me and was “on trend.” Which, trust me, meant a lot of embarrassing styles and questionably fitting clothes. So I made a rule for myself: I wasn’t buying anything unless one, I could see myself wearing it at least once a week and two, it fit me perfectly.
But when I spotted this Adrianna Papell blue paisley dress, all the rules were OUT THE WINDOW. Needed it, wanted it, had to have it, even though it was two sizes too big. Rules: they were meant to be broken.
So what should you do when your thrifted find doesn’t fit? I’ve got three tricks up my sleeves.
1. Find a good tailor
Seriously, there is nothing as good as a tailor who knows what the heck they’re doing. And it’s not as expensive as you might think, especially for thrifted pieces. What would you rather do: buy something new at full price that doesn’t quite work for your body, or something thrifted for less, so you can spend the extra budget on tailoring.
That’s the route I went with this pretty blue paisley dress. My tailor (can I call her that? Is there a magic number of times you have to go to a tailor before you can call them yours?) worked her magic and took it in not once but twice for me, bringing it way closer to my size.
It’s not a perfect fit after tailoring. You can see that the sleeves are still a little big on my arms. But it’s not terribly noticeable, and the cut of this dress was pretty up-and-down and less hourglass to begin with.
Anyway, tailoring. It’s your friend.
2. Tie it together with a belt
Great for holding up pants or accentuating your waist, belts are where it’s at.
I fully admit I got this idea from my friend Kelsie, who is brilliant. Credit where credit is due, guys!
3. Put it back
Yeah, I said it. If a tailor or a belt can’t make it right, back on the rack it goes. It’s not fun, but the reality is that not everything you fall in love with is meant to come home with you.
Have you ever gotten something tailored? How’d it turn out?