'Cut and Chic' came from the idea that every outfit should be styled with a mix and match of vintage pieces with high-street pieces.
How to Make Clothing Fit Without Alterations
I'm sure you've heard the expression before, "A little goes a long way." This wise, old adage holds true with vintage clothing as well. If you happen to find yourself falling madly in love with a vintage garment but sadly it's too big for you or it's not "hugging" you in all the right places, chin up my dearies! Don't pass up a fabulous dress just because you think it won't fit or that you'll have to spend too much money on tailoring. The answer may just be something you already have at home. Here are some examples of how to make a dress fit in all the right ways.
Add a Belt to Flatter Curves and Give the Illusion of an Hourglass Figure
Above is an adorable shirt dress from the 1950s to early 60's by Mode O' Day. It's a size medium to large, so if you're petite, the dress on its own would be too overpowering on your figure. Even if it is the right size for you, the dress is cut more or less straight, which might not be that flattering on most figures.
A quick and easy solution is to add a belt. A skinny one would suit this dress better. If you don't already have a skinny belt, we suggest investing in one. It can be used with so many outfits! This one was only around $5 from Forever 21, so it's not like you have to break the bank to own one!
Use Safety Pins to Make a Chic Wrap Dress
Safety pins? Yup, that's right. You may already have collected a few safety pins from your previous purchases, in which case this won't cost you a penny. This works great with shirts, dresses, or light jackets that are just too big and baggy. Transform an ill-fitting garment into a cool and chic statement piece. Simply wrap it around your curves and pin it in place with safety pins.
The pins we've used are small and discreet enough to go unnoticed, but why not be creative and work your inner crafting cleverness and show it off. Use colored safety pins or large gold safety pins a la Elizabeth Hurley's Versace gown and get ready to turn some heads!
Pinning may lead to puckering of the fabric in the back. If it doesn't look as flattering in the back as the front, loosely gather the back into pleats and pin those together. You may need a friend to help you with this one.
Use Ribbon to Create an Empire Waist Line
A large maxi dress, like this one above, can make you feel like a sack of potatoes. Take a tip from Edwardian fashion and add a ribbon just under the bust to create an empire waist line. It's uber-flattering and covers any lumps and bumps around the tummy area, which I think most of us can agree we can do without!
Sasha on March 23, 2019:
Great tips! Will be trying them out soon. Thanks!
Esmer on August 06, 2012:
These are clever and practical ideas worth recommending.
CutandChicVintage (author) from New York City on August 06, 2012:
Thank you very much! I'm very honored to have my hub considered and to be amongst such really great company!
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 04, 2012:
I admire women who know how to add the "something" to make it look good! I wish I could that more... hehe
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CutandChicVintage (author) from New York City on June 28, 2012:
Hello Julie! Thank you! :)
Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on June 28, 2012:
This is a cool idea. Thanks for the tips!