My tailor is my best friend. I barely know his last name and, although I've met his wife, I don't know if he has children. I know two things about him. He's an alterations genius and he's expensive.
Very few of us are perfect off-the-rack sizes. From your hips down you may be a 14, but your waist is a 12. Or, broad shoulders may take a size 8 to a size 14. Whatever your figure flaw, your clothes will always look better if you have them tailored. A good tailor will hem jeans so they look identical to the original hem, waist or legs .......just better. REALLY good tailors can remake a shoulder or a collar so that it looks perfect and no one will ever know it was once schizophrenic.......half fitting and half not. But be warned. This kind of a talent will run you some bucks........like $225 to tailor a two piece suit. But it's WELL worth it! Sure beats spending the $4000 a perfectly tailored suit will cost you!
I have several good tailors that I run to when my outfit needs a psychiatrist. These geniuses take the pleats out of slacks, shoulder pad out of leather jackets and shorten suit jackets so that they look like James Bond is wearing them. Wanna take a $500 suit and make it look better than custom made? Call me! I'll fit you with the right tailor who'll fit you with the right look which will make you look like THAT guy or THAT girl. You'll feel like you've added a new outfit to your closet and you'll once again be excited to wear it! The "proof is in the puddling, love" and that's why "trend" is today, but "style" is forever!