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Darius Cordell Explanation of why off the rack evening gowns sometimes don't look good

Updated on October 1, 2014

Made to Measure vs Off the Rack - according to fashion designer Darius Cordell

We get many people who say I need to try this on first before I know if it will look good on me. And because of what we do that seems not to be the most logical thing to want to do. Off the rack items were not made for your specifically so to expect them to fit perfectly is an odd desire to us. We produce all of our garments made to measure so there is need a need for fittings. If the design does what you want in a photo then it will do what you want it to do on your body - when it is made for you.

Darius Cordell Couture Designs post basic info on off the rack shopping vs made to measure purchasing

Trying on off the rack clothes are not a good tool to see if a design works or not.

Shopping for a formal dress is not the same as shopping for a blouse or jeans. Formal dresses need to be made for you and your body. And dresses off the rack were not made for you. Therefore sometimes they will look good on the hanger and not look good on you when you try it on.

Understand with any design...instead of using fit or trying on as criteria for looking good on.... better criteria is to say does the dress in the picture cover what I want to cover, and does it show what I want to show. If it does (either with or without changes) then you simply need to have it made according to you individual needs & preferences (again either with or without changes) in your own specific and personal measurements so that it will fit on you how you want, be made according to your specific body shape & hit on your body where you need it to - unlike any other dresses you may have tried on off the rack that did not look good on - which again is because it was not made to your specific body shape but instead in that designers stock sizes.

With our company, you can either.....choose a size from our size chart.....OR.....you can have us make your garment made in your specific personal measurements - which incurs a 15% surcharge.

Also keep in mind that alterations, fittings, modifications, changes or adjustments (for your body), if ever necessary, can be easily done by any one of your local tailors, seamstresses, or alterationist.

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