I know I have banged on about this on this blog at numerous points but it is genuinely difficult to overestimate the importance of fit. I was reminded of this earlier today.
A few months back I bought a couple of pairs of trousers in the M&S Summer sale. Typically I bought them in 36Long, even though it is a size too large, because they are a little more roomy than 34Ls. I really dislike trousers which cling to me too much. Slim fit trousers are a no, no
However, whilst going for a size up means I get a bit more wiggle room, it also means that the trousers don’t sit properly because the waist is a bit too large. The best solution is to have the waist adjusted. Less effective is to wear a belt or braces.
These particular trousers were tricky ones because they weren’t overly big. I could get away with wearing them as they were because the slightly bigger waist meant that the trousers sat at my hips rather than waist. So they were OK, not brilliant, but OK. So I ummed and ahhhed about whether I would have them adjusted. Indeed I’ve been wearing them off and on over the last few months without adjustment and managing OK.
However, I decided that I would indeed get them adjusted. I am interested in awesome after all….
The last pair of trousers that I had adjusted turned out to be a bit snug. My tailor was unpersuaded that I was a size 34 waist. I insisted that I was (and I used to be) but the adjusted trousers were definitely a bit too snug at the waist.
So I measured my waist carefully this time round to make sure I did not make the same mistake. I was 34 waist. Just….. However an adjustment to 34.5″ would give me some space to tuck my shirt into my waistband.
Dropped them off last week. New instructions. Adjust to 34.5″ waist please. She must have been busy because it took a week to get them done. Picked them up this evening as I was leaving work and couldn’t wait to try them to see the results.
Would they be over snug like the last ones? Would I regret the extra half inch? Or was it insufficient? Should I have asked for 35″? I needn’t have worried. The new 34.5″ waist was exactly the right fit. Snug but not tight at the waist. Perfect.
What I was not prepared for was just how adjusting the waist transformed the fit of the trousers in general and how the transformed fit in turn transformed the way the trousers worked for me and how I felt about them (and in them!).
The trousers cost me £15, down from £25, and the adjustment cost £7.50 each. However, the adjustment makes them look a million dollars.
It simply reinforces my central argument. It’s not colour, fabric, texture or price that are the most important elements when building a wardrobe. Brand is virtually irrelevant. What separates good from great is fit.
Get your clothes to fit you well and style will be effortless, whatever you’ve spent.
So if you haven’t been in the habit of doing so, get your trousers and suits adjusted so they fit you just right. It will be like getting a new wardrobe.
Look into it.