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Making the cut - Docklands June 2011

Posted on 12th Sep 2012 @ 11:10 AM

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 Making off-the-peg look good


I TOOK a walk into Canary Wharf shopping mall the other day and saw many people taking advantage of seasonal bargains being offered by many of the stores.

Great to see for the retail industry, but I did also see consumers walking out with purchases that didn’t really fit well. So I wanted to help consumers with some tips on what to look out for in the way of suits that fit well.

Jackets should be comfortable across your shoulders first and foremost, as this area affects many of your day-to-day positions/movements in the business world.

If the rest of the jacket then becomes too loose, don’t worry as the retailer should be able to do some alterations to make the waist area more fitted, pictured left. This garment has been taken in across four seams at the waist area for a professional finish by our quality tailors at Xcel dry cleaners.

“As you can see the boxed jacket now has a fantastic shape” Zamir from Xcel explained. “It doesn’t take a lot to make a ready to wear suit look like a tailor made one”.

The other area that I find irritating is jacket lengths. How many people buy a jacket that fits on the sleeves but they forget to look at the body length in respect to their height. The length should cover your derriere and be in line with your crotch at the front. If this then makes the sleeves too long, pictured right, then get them shortened. It is important to keep the body balance, otherwise we can look either long bodied or short legged.