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Post by V on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:06 pm

So here's a question for all you smart people!

This isn't a fashion question per se.  It's a terminology question.

What do you call getting an item of existing clothing updated/altered/revamped/remodeled ( or doing it yourself) for fashion reasons?

So not to fix a tear or something; purely for fashion reasons.  You know, maybe adjusting the number of buttons on a coat or the length of a dress.  But for example, adjusting the length would have to be due to a change in fashion/style as distinct from a change in one's body size or to adjust an item recently bought off the rack.

I should know.  A student asked me but for the life of me I can't recall it.  Too many years living overseas I guess.

All comments welcome!

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Post by Barretts_Salt on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:12 pm

Alteration. A friend of mine got her start doing alterations for the ladies who lunch bunch:)
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Re: Forgot the word for...

Post by V on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:15 pm

Cool. Thanks for the instantaneous reply!

And that covers a general "makeover"?

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Post by OneTrueGuest on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:36 pm

No. A makeover encompasses more than just clothes. It's hair and makeup and shoes and accessories. A makeover is called a makeover, there's no fancy term for it. Alterations are made to clothes.

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Re: Forgot the word for...

Post by V on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:41 pm

Thanks OneTrueGuest!  I was using "makeover" euphemistically.  So alteration is the confirmed winner.

It's actually the word I first thought of, so my memory is not as bad as I thought!

Thanks again OneTrueGuest and Barretts_Salt!

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Post by kath on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:07 pm

Alteration does cover changing something so that it fits you, it doesn't need to be due to a fashion choice. I think it basically means changing the garment intentionally for any reason, not just to mend a tear. It also covers doing that when you just bought the item. It still means the same thing as it does when you use "alter" in any other sense - to change it.

I'm not sure there is a word that just covers aesthetic reasons to make changes to an article of clothing.
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Re: Forgot the word for...

Post by V on Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:13 pm

Cheers Kath

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