How do you fit style, taste and comfort into one garment or ensemble? Is fitting all three elements into one garment or ensemble possible? You can combine the elements together in casual and formal wear, if you understand the impact of the right fit.
There are dozens of style names to choose from: Boho, Casual, Formal, Chic, Gothic, Futuristic, Dramatic, Surfer, Western, Vintage, Sporty, Sophisticated, Classic - you get the Style comes from your personality. It's what you feel attracted to and "at home" with.
This is the easiest element to understand. Comfort fits well, if not loose. It feels soft, lacy, delicate, or bulky and warm. It feels loose and absorbent when it's hot outside. Comfort is what you feel best in; for most, this is our weekend wear but that's not acceptable to formal events.
This element is difficult, no matter what size or shape you are. As a tailor, I have made clothes for all sizes and shapes of people and the one complaint I hear the most is, "Nothing ever fits right". Each person feels they are too tall, short, skinny, round, frumpy, too much rear, not enough chest, etc. What I see as being a good fit, the wearer may feel uncomfortable in, not like the style and feel it does not fit well. It's all subjective; however, there are dozens of fashion traditions (all subjective) which would label the dress below poor fitting and in bad taste.
There is an argument with this point of what is a good fit. Is it a subjective view or is it best to go with conventional in fit. Is fit defined by the wearer?
Style is defined by the wearer, as is comfort. The bride in the picture to the left - is she comfortable? Is this her style and fit in her view? I would venture to say yes, as she is wearing a dress that apparently is pleasing to her (judging by her smile and posture). "Yes" is her opinion. The poor fit is the viewer's opinion. Who decides what is a poor fit or style?
Fitting It All In
In the end, you can fit all three elements in one garment if you choose to. Whether you follow convention or your own choice of elements in apparel, it's for you to decide. Personally, I follow the conventional route when fitting dresses, suits and other apparel. I like to see suits that fit so well the wearer can be a model in GQ. I like to see wedding dresses and women's suits that enhance their figures and personalities. I am appreciative of all the genres of style except for the more revealing formal wear, especially in Prom dresses. There hasn't been one revealing dress I have altered to fit that was truly comfortable to the wearer nor was I comfortable with the outcome.
Again, is fit subjective knowing both the wearer and tailor are not comfortable?
Take your time when looking for the right dress or garment for work, weddings or other occasions. Consider your personal style, your personality and your build. Will you be comfortable? Is it right for you? Are you following your preference or the norm?
With that, I leave you with my wish for success and inspiration in all you do, today and always!