MAD ABOUT FASHION COLUMNIST: Beck Dahl looks to start the year with a wardrobe cleanse – recommending tailors to make the old, new.
It’s that time of the year when we can regroup, hit refresh and breathe for a moment before the treadmill of life starts gathering pace. My aim is to keep a balanced stride this year. Any slower and I’ll struggle to gather momentum, any faster and I’ll feel like I’m going under. How am I going to achieve this steady, eight clicks on the running machine of life you ask? Mmm… by starting small I think.
First and foremost I’m starting with a To-Do List and a fairly large and comprehensive 2018 planner. It’s going to be broken into quarterly, monthly, weekly down to daily so I can visually see where my and the family’s year is headed. It’ll include all the important dates and events in the year. Like the global Spring/Summer Fashion Weeks, Fashion Revolution Events, ANZA’s ‘Mad About Fashion’ deadlines, fun runs I want to participate in… and of course, the long weekends, partner’s work trips (and fishing expeditions), school holidays, tennis comps and where the children need to be and when.
Next, is to rearrange my wardrobe – and I suggest you do a bit of a sartorial cleanse too to kick-start the year with good fashion intentions.
Group garments together (so you can see you don’t need five black t-shirts) and donate what you’ll never wear again; drop off everything that needs dry-cleaning; and finally go and have those garments altered that have been lingering in the back of the closet. I’ve made it nice and easy for you by offering up my list of recommended tailors in Singapore.
Finally, I’m going to get an idea of my weekly budget…this may not work for everyone but it’s my way of staying in control of money going out (the ‘coming in’ doesn’t seem to be half as buoyant). Those $10 notes I hand to the kids quickly add up, so I’ll be keeping track.
Right, I’m off to start my planner and I suggest you do the same… here’s to a fun, organised and productive 2018. Looking forward to the journey.
THE TAILORS THAT MEASURE UP
- May Tailors & Laundry
With 20 years’ experience and six branches scattered around Singapore you are sure to find someone to help. maytailor.com.sg
- Michelle Alteration
For the maxi dress that you keep tripping on, here’s a convenient same-day, fuss-free service. #03-126 Far East Plaza
Denim experts who know what to do to make those new jeans fit even better, fix your favourite pair and colour match the threads like new. jeansfix.com
NB: * A word of advice. Don’t take your favourite evening gown for alterations until you’ve tested the tailor with a ‘low risk’ garment.
Beck Dahl is a stylist and fashion lover living with her family here in Singapore.