“Adulting”- a comical catch phrase used to describe the responsibilities associated with being an adult. Most will argue: A significant part of ‘adulting’ is actually looking the part. There are some young adults that battle with this fact. As millennials and young adults expand our client base, we take pride in helping them transition into the lifestyle of custom tailoring.
As a family-owned business, we’ve offered exceptional alterations and tailoring services in Washington, D.C. since 1939. As you can imagine, we’ve seen many styles and trends come, go, and come again. One unwavering trend is the wardrobe upgrade that takes place when young adults transition into custom fitted clothing. Here are some of our expert tips to help our freshest clients achieve their “adult” wardrobe.
Make Sure That Your Clothing Neatly Fits You
Whether you’ve lost a little or gained a lot, weight fluctuations are no excuse to wear saggy, oversized clothing or garments that are too small and don’t fit. Clothing that neatly fit your existing shape is an essential part of the “adult” look. Before getting rid of pieces that lack the perfect fit, consider having your favorites altered to compliment your current body shape. Whether you’re a size 0 or size 10, you should always have key pieces that are tailored specifically to your body. A slight alteration can transform an old, out of shape garment into a polished, custom fitted piece.
Out with the Trendy – In with the Classics
When investing in the proper adult wardrobe, it’s best to stray away from trendy pieces that will only last a season. Instead, invest in a classic wardrobe with staples that transcend trends. For example: well-fit black or navy blazers, custom dress shirts, a classic pair of pumps or dress shoes – and that’s only to name a few. If you’re a lady unsure of what your essential pieces may be, check out ELLE Magazine’s 30 Wardrobe Essentials You Should Own by the Time You’re 30. For our adulting men, take a look at what Esquire Magazine says are 20 Things Every Man Should Have In His Wardrobe.
Take Pride in Your Personal Image
We saved the best and most important tip for last…“take pride in your personal image.” Your personal image is a reflection of who you are. It can either open doors to new opportunities or hinder success. It goes without saying that one’s personal appearance determines the way that he or she is perceived and sometimes even how one is treated. Having a wardrobe that reflects a mature adult enhances your personal image and in some cases your personal success. Adulting doesn’t have to mean Business Suits and Monday Blues, but make sure that it shows you mean business with a crisp, clean, and well-fitting wardrobe.
Cheryl Lofton is the owner of Cheryl A. Lofton & Associates, a premier full service tailoring company based in Washington DC., renown for precise alterations, bridal fittings and custom tailoring.