The all important nipping and tucking. Find a good tailor by asking a trusted boutique because chances are they use one frequently. Here are a few things a tailor will be able to do to your garments:
*Create your shape and size. Generally you can hem or take a seam in as much as 4 inches; any more will throw the look of the garment off. And ask your tailor to follow the lines of your body.
*Make more room. People tend to think you can only make stuff smaller, but you can make things a little bigger too. You can often find some room in the zipper or side seams to let out. You can also cut a slit or vent in a dress or skirt.
*Find the right length. With skinny pants, you can wear any heel hight, since the hem should grace the top of the shoe. For wide leg pants, they should hit the floor.
*Streamline your silhouette. A tailor can close up pockets in a pair of pants, add any closure between gapping buttons on a shirt or create darts under the bust or in the back of a top to create cleaner lines. If you always tuck in shirts, remove the bottom few buttons so they don't show under clothes.
Sometimes we find clothes that just don't fit but we feel insane to pass them up. Even I catch myself in the fitting room thinking "Oh the waist line is a little large in the back but thats fine Ill wear a belt." But, the thing is I hate belts and know I will never wear one and still buy those pants anyways. Tailoring your clothes makes them worth the money you originally spend and when clothes fit to perfection, we experience that sensational confidence boost we get when we know we look good. The size chart in the US is not consistent throughout every brand and sometimes it is almost impossible to find something to fit your body type so lets thank the Gods for a good tailor!