As a personal stylist for professionals, I have seen quite a lot of closets. And inside those closets? I’ve seen quite a lot of suits, shirts, jackets, pants, and skirts that are old and don’t sit well on our frames. Yet we hold on to them, still wear them, and continue to use them in our evolved professional worlds. And I completely understand why! Professional wardrobe isn’t cheap. These are our staples. We invested in them, and therefore we will continue to use them even if we know something may be off about them. Or worse, when we put that old suit on, it doesn’t thrill us. (A double whammy style no-no.) If it doesn’t sit on your frame right, doesn’t make you feel right, and at the core you just don’t love it, why keep wearing it?  Well, I am here to tell you, it’s time to let go. It’s when we let go of the old that we can make room to embrace the new.

In the style world, there is something new sweeping the nation, claiming wardrobes, and creating a more empowered professional everywhere. It’s not only a professional image game-changer; it’s also a mood booster, back straightener, and confidence builder. Yes! There is an actual wardrobe solution that will do that for you immediately, as it outshines the old so you can break through into a whole new you. Just one word: FIT.

Surprised I didn’t say tailoring? Well, for years we’ve been told that tailored suits are a must, but as the times have changed, so have the silhouettes. So it’s not just the tailoring that is important, it’s also the clean fit of the piece, as it should wear slim to your frame and flatter your individual body shape.

Your wardrobe is your visual business card, and you are worth investing in. So here are some top “poor fit” indicators to look out for and how to fix them.

Pinching an inch

If you can pinch more than an inch of the fabric under the upper arm of your sleeve, at the bust line of your garment, at the back thigh of your garment, at the back knee of your garment, or at the shoulder pad of your garment then the item is too big. 

Solution: Invest in tailoring to create a more modern shape. Or if the suit is more than 5 years old, it’s time to replace it and upgrade to something new, fitted and fabulous.

Bounty of Buttons

This is a very instant indicator of an outdated item as well as one that typically fits on the boxier side. If your jackets and blazers have three or more buttons down the front, then it’s time to let go.

Solution: Look for jackets with one or two front buttons. A lower button stance and the focus of the buttons at your waist help define your waistline in the proper place creating a cleaner, slimmer, more properly fitted garment.

Go Slim or Go Home

The bottom line with wardrobe is that the new modern fit should be slim to the frame from shoulder to ankle.  Anything that doesn’t meet that look should be considered a goner.

Solution: When looking for the proper tailoring, make sure your shoulder seams sit exactly at your shoulder, not past. This makes the body frame look slimmer and your jacket appear more expensive and tailored. Jackets should have a tailored and waist defined shape. Pants should fit slim to the hip, slim to the knee and slim to the lower leg line.


The new fitted pant for women: the ankle-crop cigarette pant. This is an instant upgrade as it’s a new shape and slim to the frame. This pair from J. Crew is a client favorite!

About the Author

Laurie Brucker, a.k.a. LaurieBstyle, is the founder of is a certified image consultant, personal stylist, community leader, and motivational speaker. She has been named L.A.’s go-to stylist by the Los Angeles Times, as well as L.A.’s best personal stylist by CBS. In addition to her consulting business, Laurie contributes style commentary to the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, the Washington Post, ABC News, CBS News, KTLA News, as well as many magazines.