As summer swings into full gear, you probably notice the Texas heat growing stronger. The sticky, sweaty months of June, July and August drives most Dallas residents to wear as little as possible, shortening sleeves and hemlines and opting for the coolest possible materials. But before you head to the nearest department store or boutique to invest in a whole new summer wardrobe, you might instead consider looking into summer clothing alterations in Dallas.
Of course, there’s not much you can do to “summer-ize” a wool sweater, and you won’t want to dramatically alter any pieces that you’re too attached to. But if you feel like you just bought new clothes for spring and don’t want to do the whole shopping experience all over again, opting for clothing alterations in Dallas is a more affordable and easier way to go. Here are a few clothing alterations that Dallas residents might want to take advantage of this summer.
- Shorter sleeves: Whether you go from long-sleeved to three-quarters length or from short sleeves to sleeveless, sleeve shortening is a quick and easy alteration that you can use on virtually any shirt to make it more fit for summer. Turn your T-shirts into tank tops, your work blouses into short-sleeved tops and much more. You can even shorten the sleeves on your light jackets for a cooler, more modern fit and look.
- Shorter pants: If you have an old pair of jeans or slacks that have gone threadbare at the knees, there’s no better way to salvage them than to convert them into shorts. You can also turn nice work slacks into capris. Basically, the same thing we said about sleeve shortening holds true for pants shortening: whatever you want is possible, so long as it’s practical for the material. Another perk to shortening pants is that you get to control exactly how short you want them, meaning you don’t have to bow to the whims of trendy fashions when deciding how much you want to cover up.
- Summer suits: If you’re a guy and you get invited to a wedding or other black-tie affair during summer, it can be a big challenge to find an outfit that is suitably formal but won’t leave you sweating all night long. When it comes to achieving an affordable and stylish summer suit look, you have two options. If you have a lightweight suit, shorten your sleeves and pant legs slightly, go sockless, and pair it with a lightweight shirt and tie. If you only have heavy winter suits, then you should go buy a cheap cotton suit off the rack, then have it precisely tailored to your form for a nice fitted look. Either way, you’ll likely be one of the best-dressed guys at the party.
- Cooler dresses: There’s no shortage of cheap and comfortable summer dresses out there, but sometimes it’s difficult to find one that fits well and shows off only your best features. Altering a spring or autumn dress to make it more summery is easy to do, and gives you the ultimate control over how it looks and fits.
Visit J’s Tailor & Cleaners today to learn more about how altering your clothing can give you the perfect summer wardrobe.