Bloomberg headlines, “When to embroide?
When it counts”.
Here are the types of items that are best to embroid when you need to do a good job.
When you need it to look better on you, or when it makes your outfit more attractive.
“When you’re making your clothes look better, it makes it easier to look at them,” says Dr. Michael E. O’Connell, a professor of marketing at Ohio State University who specializes in fashion design.
It also means you’ll feel less pressure to show off your outfit, because you can focus on what makes it more desirable.
When it makes sense.
O’Connell says it makes more sense to embroil on clothing if it’s not too bulky or if it fits snugly.
If you’re doing a suit, for example, embroidering your outfit will make it look more formal and elegant.
When the right colors are available.
If you’re wearing a pair of jeans and a tank top, for instance, you might not want to embroidered the details.
When sewing on the back of the dress.
Dr. David T. Leung, a fashion and design professor at California State University, Fresno, says he finds that if he has a dress in different colors, it looks better if he embroiders on the front, where the fabric is easier to work with.
When your shirt is not too big.
The same rule applies for the sleeves of pants, he says.
When embroideries are too distracting.
For instance, if you’re going to wear a pair for a formal occasion, embroidered buttons on a shirt and pants, for a party, or for an event, will distract from the overall look of the outfit.
When they are not needed.
Even though you’re not wearing them, it’s a good idea to embroill on the tops of hats, T-shirts, and pants for a more informal occasion, or if you want to wear it in your underwear for a date.
When there’s no demand.
You can embroider a jacket and pants on the first day of school for an important graduation or to add to your wardrobe for a romantic dinner, says Dr., Pauline D. Whelan, a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C. 9.
When people are wearing it.
A formal wedding will look better if you embroidered a dress on the day of the ceremony, says Jennifer S. Jones, an associate professor of organizational behavior and human resources at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
When clothes aren’t expensive.
Embroidering can be a cost-effective way to make your outfit cheaper, says Jones.
When making it work for you.
One reason for doing this is to look smart.
If your outfit doesn’t look good on you or it’s too tight, embroid a jacket or pants with a small amount of fabric, says Whelen.
When a dress is a good fit.
When it’s time to wear something formal, for an outfit that’s not going to be worn out, for someone who’s not used to wearing a dress, or to give a more casual look, you may want to use a dress with sleeves that are not too short.
If the sleeves are too long, they’ll look too casual, she says.
For a more formal occasion that’s going to get worn out and need to be altered, she suggests an oversized dress with a longer sleeves.
When dressing for a specific occasion.
Whelan suggests using a dress that has sleeves that fit perfectly, with no gaps or too much fabric.
When not necessary.
Want to add a little sparkle to your outfit?
Try wearing it on the beach.
If that’s what you want, don’t wear it too much because it’ll distract people from the more formal look of your outfit.
For an event that’s for a close friend, Whelans recommends a white, button-down shirt with a red ribbon on the bottom.
You may also want to try wearing a skirt that’s slightly longer than a tank, to create a more sophisticated look.
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