Also pairing solids and bold patterns can distract the eye from trouble areas. I've paired loud bold print tunics with black split skirt trousers and long black tailored jackets. For someone short like me, the long lines of jacket and continuing down into the flowy trousers create an illiusion of height.
I've done the same with long single coloured sweaters, black or white shirts/blouses/tunics and dark trousers.
I've found after I became a Mother that the more fitted the trousers are, the heavier I looked, so I opt for relaxed or loose fit, and boot cut for jeans.
And for God's sake ladies! Pay the $15 to tailor the length! Walking your fave jeans to shreds means that when you finally go, the tailor is going to tell you "No." The reason is they can always cut fabric away to fit them properly the first time, but when you shred them, they have to cut that damaged fabric away, leaving you with shorter length. The only way to "fix" that involves tailoring away the shredded length, then making 'Hippie Jeans' with creative fringe and ric-rac.
Guys, you too, because you won't look nice with cute or sexy fringed jeans. I mean, if you want to pay for the zippered breakaway on you fave jeans(the only way to lengthen guys jeans by converting them to just below knee-length jean shorts with the breakaway there, and you have to provide the matching jeans(usually sacrificed from your rotation)) , by all means, but there's better ways to spend $50(which is the cost of tearing the center inseam apart to add the breakaway zipper).
Cuffs look polished, but you need four to six inches of extra fabric in your inseam for it, which is why you buy untailored suit 'blanks' at a suit shoppe. One size does not fit all or fashion.
If tailors scare you, shop around. Ask suit shops and dry cleaners and their clientele who to go to. You pay for the skill...usually.
Prices in 2012(when I last worked at a cleaners/tailor shop) were:
$15 straight hem
$40 waist in/out
$20 waist in, pocket removal jeans. Not recommended for "distressed".
$20 elastic buttonhole waist plus buttons for jeans/chinos/casual trousers
$20 jacket sleeve
$50 suit jacket darts
$40 suit jacket sides
These were also lower than most in the county, done by the best tailor(biased because she's my Mother, but Pnina Tournay loved her alterations work on one of her clients wedding gowns, and the very creative recycling of the pieces removed, so yeah, I'm biased). She taught me enough to confidently tailor my son's trousers, and my own.
The short version: Pay for the Tailor!!!!
Yanno how some people have Angels/Devils for a conscience? I have a Dark Elf ShadowKnight and a Half Elf Ranger for mine. The really bad part is when they agree on something.
Aphyon chu kissa whol l'jaed.