Did you ever have the moment when you ended up wearing the same clothes as your friend or colleague? How many times did you end up not buying a piece of clothing because it wouldn’t fit you right even though it was in your size?

I am a very picky shopper in the sense that I want all my wardrobe pieces to be as unique as possible. But given the reach of today’s retail industry where everyone has access to everything and the ever-changing trends, it becomes difficult to find clothes and accessories that I really love and more importantly, that fit me right. And so I decided to take Maa’s advice to design my own clothes and have them stitched by a local boutique.

All you need is fabric, a sketch or a sample of your design and a good tailor! Now I know that finding a reliable tailor can be tricky but I’ll share some of my favorite tips at the end.

The best way to buy cloth material is to visit your city’s local market or the art and craft exhibitions. Such exhibitions usually have a wide variety of colors and fabric at affordable prices. And as for the design, the world is your oyster! You can choose something from your own wardrobe or take inspiration from celebrities, bloggers, or friends and colleagues.

Black Heels: 20Dresses; Bracelet: Colaba, Mumbai; Earrings: Zahana; Watch: Titan Raga

I’m head over heals in love with this outfit! I had already envisioned the complete look even before I found the material for it and my local boutique did an excellent job of turning into a reality. This material was actually a compete three-piece suit (kurti, salwar and duppatta) out of which I used the kurti for a crop top and the salwar for an ankle length skirt.

My favorite thing about this outfit is POCKETS! One of my biggest concerns with wearing dresses and skirts is carrying my mobile phone and wallet in hand or carry a big purse around. Adding pockets to this co-ord set made it the perfect outfit!

If you’re not a fan of skirts, you can always pair the crop top with jeans or palazzos! Or if a crop top isn’t your thing, choose a long top or a short kurti over the skirt :)

Earrings: Zahana; Heels: Local Market in Pune

The dreamiest dress I ever did see! I don’t know why but this dress reminds of Beauty and the Beast. I like bell sleeves but I can never find the right length – some are too short, some are too long! But that’s the beauty of customised clothes – You need not settle for anything less than perfect :) I added a simple belt around the waist to complete the look!

I was initially apprehensive about the co-ord set as I’ve found that tailors usually are not very comfortable with indo-western stitching. But here’s what I have learnt over the years –

– The best approach is to start slow – try getting a top or a pant stitched first. This will help you as well as your tailor to get an idea about what works best for both of you.

– Focus on the details! Make sure your body measurements taken by the tailor are correct (double-checking is always a good idea). If you want buttons on your outfit, choose them yourself.

– Providing a picture or a sample of your design is always a good idea!

There are endless opportunities when it comes to tailored clothes. Go wild and crazy with your imagination!

I hope you enjoyed the post! Talk to you soon :)

xx Surbhi