Viewers of "What Not to Wear" on TLC and the new talk show "The Chew" on ABC are accustomed to watching style guru Clinton Kelly dispense advice. Now everyone can benefit from his know-how at Perfect Fit by Clinton Kelly, a new tailor and consultation store (formerly Stitch It) at the Mall of America. Here's a sneak peak.
Q You're a regular at the Mall of America.
A Every time I'm there, I have such a great time. My fingers are crossed that Minnesotans will latch onto the idea of tailoring and fit. It's not like going to a dry cleaner -- a stylist will assess what's wrong.
Q What's an example?
A This jacket doesn't fit, but I don't know what to do with it. The sleeves are wide, and we can make them sleeker.
Q Why tailoring?
A Fit is incredibly important. You could wear a $5,000 Prada suit, and if it's too small, you're going to look like a stuffed sausage, and if it's too big, you'll look lumpy and grumpy. Anybody who has great style has a great tailor.
Q How are stylists trained?
A Tailoring can make people look taller, thinner and richer. When you wear T-shirts that are rectangles, your body has to do the work. If your body isn't that great, it still does the work, and it doesn't look great. Clothes that fit will do the work for you.
Q Has your job on "The Chew" affected your pants?
A I'm getting all of my pants let out. I gained about 7 pounds in a month. I've been eating this amazing food every day. So for dinner, I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole-wheat bread.
PERFECT FIT GRAND OPENING
What: One-minute consultations with Clinton Kelly.
When: Store opens at 10 a.m., and consultations start at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: 132 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington.
Looking stylish might just be a trip to the tailor away. Here are a few ideas from Clinton Kelly to get you started.
Add darts. “For men with a thin or athletic build, we can add darts to a shirt for a slim fit. When women buy a button-front shirt that doesn’t gap, the shirt is often baggy, so we can add darts to the front. It’s a pretty easy alteration, but it’s so dramatic.”
Hem your blouse. “Women wear tops too long. When it’s below your crotch, it automatically makes you look shorter. Hemming a blouse keeps the leg line nice and long, especially if you’re petite or curvy.”
Nip in the waist. “That gap in the back of your pants can be fixed, even on jeans. Always treat jeans like any other pants.”