Where to Find Sneaky Little Fashion Freebies, Bargains, and Genius Styling Tricks (Hint: You Won’t Have to Go Very Far!)
can I interest you in finding out where to get free personal styling sessions? How about where to find shoes for petite feet? Or places that’ll make your home as fashionable as your closet? My little black book of style secrets, after the jump.
They’re the item we wear most, and the item we most hate buying. First things first. If you haven’t done so lately, head to Gap. But instead of browsing on your own, ask for some help; their specialist denim styling service offers pre-booked personal appointments with an expert to help you find the exact cut, length and color to suit your body.
Me-Ality is a genius scanning service available in 60 malls across the country – the kind of gadget Carrie Bradshaw would have in her apartment if she could. You stand inside a booth (clothes on) while your body is scanned, and then the machine chooses the exact fit, size and length of jean perfect for your body, picking from its library of 150 brands.
Visit DenimTherapy.com. These guys are the masters of alterations and embellishments. Turn your flares into skinnies, add an elasticated waist to your fave pair if you’re pregnant, turn pants into shorts – they’ll do anything, and you don’t even have to go in-store. Just send your jeans in with a pair of trousers that fit, and they’ll get changes made for around $35-$80.
The following stores offer a free styling service in-store, with no obligation to buy. Just be sure to book in advance; they get super popular on the weekends.
These guys have a personal stylist for fashion, beauty and weddings, so take your pick.
Call their personal shopper for a chat in advance and they’ll pre-shop for you. They’ll even help find you the perfect gift.
This is one of my favorite boutiques; all staff are actually stylists.
You may not know it, but these fashion brands have gorgeous home collections too!
H&M (coming soon!)
Zara (It’s not available in the U.S. yet. but, FYI, in case you’re traveling overseas!)
Tall Blythe blouse in silk, $110, jcrew.com
Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was par for the course to get your dress or skirt tailored to fit your curves perfectly. Now it’s less common, but – trust me – it makes a huge difference in how confident you’ll feel in your look. So check out these stores, which offer free or affordable alterations.
Select Zara stores do alterations on-the-spot for around $10. Check to see if the one near you offers this service.
Saks Fifth Avenue also offers free alterations for simple changes, though may charge you more if the work is complex.
If you buy pants for more than $20, Uniqlo will shorten them for a $5 fee.
If your man hates shopping, take him to Brooks Brothers. It’s one of the few affordable suit outlets that offers free in-store tailoring services.
Topshop and J.Crew stock my favorite tall sections of any other retail stores.
Heightgoddess.com has it’s own line of jeans in different styles, going up to a 40’ inseam
Boden designs Breton tops and simple cotton tees with longer arms and torso-covering lengths.