I’m always boasting about my ingenuity. How I can reposition things in ways they were never meant to be. Here’s a perfect example. A few summers ago I made a fashion mistake. Cut-off pants were very popular and i bought a pair. I should have known better. I’m just 5′ tall and cut-off pants make me look even shorter. They’re very pretty pink and yellow plaid cotton. I wore them a few times and soon realized my mistake. Mostly they sat in my closet eyeing me reproachfully. My sense of thrift rebelled at throwing them away. Suddenly I had an idea. Why not cut them off and make them into bermudas? And that’s what I did I cut off about 7-1/2″ to just knee-length and them hemmed them about 2″. They now look perfect and no one
would ever guess they started out in life as cut-offs. The next day I wore them to a business lunch with a crisp, white shirt over them (the pants’ waist is elastic) cinched at the waist with a macrame belt, a straw fedora and jewelry and received so many comments on how chic I looked. I was so proud of myself I just can’t figure out why it took me so long to think of this.
There are so many other things we can do to fix mistakes. I’m a firm believer that practically everything is improved by shortening it. At least in my case it works because I’m so short and I have excellent legs. I had a leather skirt that was too loose and too long and just drab. I took it to an old-time tailor who really knew what he was about. He looked at it, said, “shorten it, A LOT and you won’t need to take it in.” Somehow, he was right and I now have a very sexy skirt. Another leather skirt was also too long and too loose. Again, he shortened it a lot and the whole proportion changed from drab to A-line. Now I love it. Always think whether something can be salvaged either by doing it yourself if the item is inexpensive and the
repair is easy or by taking it to a good tailor if the item is expensive or more difficult.
Miriam Silverberg is a freelance journalist and owner of Miriam Silverberg Associates, a boutique publicity
agency in Manhattan. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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