Been a long time since anything in the clothes-wearing department has been addressed on this blog, so I thought it would be fun on a Friday night to blog a couple of items of interest. First of all, I appreciated that Jezebel tackled the issue of getting your clothes altered, mostly because I---swear to god---read this blog post first thing after returning home after dropping off some clothes to be altered. They make some good points, but I want to add that even though it can seem expensive, sometimes have a tailor on speed dial is a lot cheaper than you'd think. Sure, if you buy brand new clothes and then have them altered, it's going to set you back a lot. (Though for a basic item that you'll use over and over, it's worth it.) But there are actually two major ways that using a tailor can save you money:
1) Shopping your own closet. Sadie at Jezebel mentions this, but it's well worth mentioning again. A lot of clothes that you might throw out because you're bored with them or they never looked quite right can be completely remade with a quick trip to the tailor. For instance, I had a really nice blue dress that fit well, but never quite seemed young enough for me. So, I took it to the tailor and had the hem raised from mid-calf to a number of inches above the knee. It went from being a dress I didn't know what to do with to one that I wear all the time.
2) Buying used clothes. If something is a little too big, but is like $1 at a garage sale, it can be worth it to buy it and have it taken in. Taking up hems is a big thing for me. A lot of long skirts are cheaper at resale shops, because they don't sell as fast as cute, shorter skirts. But you always have them brought above the knee, if you want. Sleeves can come off. Waists can be brought in if you want to take something a little shapeless and make it a little more Joan Holloway. (Belts can do this, too, but sometimes there's too much cloth.) If you're flat-chested, you can get something that flatters everywhere else for cheap and have the chest brought in. The three skirts I took in to convert from long to above-the-knee length were bought at garage sales and resale shops. I'm going to get three fun, young-looking, fashionable skirts that are in excellent condition and totally unique for about $75, max. It's hard to get that off the rack. Some vintage stores also offer cheap to free alterations of their own clothes.
Of course, if you know how to sew, then this is even easier for you. I don't, but I'm considering learning some day when I've got the time and energy to pick up a new skill.
Link #2 is a great idea. Someone started a Tumblr blog to collect pictures of Muslims wearing things, so that you can spot "Muslim garb" and know when to be afraid. Helpful pictures include:
Never worry again that you won't know when to be afraid!