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Vail style: Tailoring the boyfriend look

Laura A. Ball
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado “-Male-inspired fashions from slouchy blazers and oversized tees to lengthy cardigans and perfectly relaxed jeans are undoubtedly making their way from runway to street to Colorado’s Vail Valley this spring.

The boyfriend look is cool, comfortable and easy for all ages and body types. But as with any trend, clothes look best when they fit, barely skimming the silhouette. NYC-based celebrity stylist Christy Rilling offers insight on how a few precise alterations made by a tailor will make you look noticeably better.

1. KNOW THE TREND. One of the biggest trends for the season is the boyfriend look (hint: find inspiration in your man’s closet). Perfectly worn in, loose and flattering, it could be an oversized tee, a long cardigan or a slouchy pant.

2. FIND A PRO. Find a local tailor you can trust to help make your boyfriend pieces look cool so you don’t swim in them or make too fitted.

3. THE FINE LINE. Contrast the masculine nature of the look with some feminine accessories. Wear a heel or ballet flat with your laid-back cuffed jeans. Pair a girly necklace with your distressed tee. Don’t drown yourself by incorporating too many slouchy pieces at once. Pick one. We still want to see the beautiful YOU.

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Choose the classically fitted piece that accentuates your body’s best feature. If you are wearing a boyfriend pant, try it with a fitted blouse. If you are choosing a boyfriend jacket or vest, try it with a skinny pant.

4. THE BOYFRIEND FIT. A slouchy pant should fit just below the waistline and hang loose without too much legroom. Make sure the crotch and length are not too ridiculously long. A tailor can take in the seam that runs down the back of the pants, so the front lies flat.

Jackets and vests should be taken in by a tailor from the center back seam to snugly fit your shoulders and waistline and hit at the hipbones. For a layered look, choose tees and cardigans that drape well over your body.

5. THE CLASSIC FIT. For hip slimming skinny pants, have your tailor take out the pocket entirely and have the opening stitched closed. Be sure there’s a break at the top of your shoes, so the pants aren’t too short. Hem them if they’re too long.

With fitted blouses, make sure your sleeves are slim at the top of the arm. A tailor can take in the sleeves to create more symmetry and show off the shape of the arms.

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