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The perfect-looking outfit starts with the perfect fit

LookSmart Alterations franchisees Anthony and Chantha Sanford.
LookSmart Alterations franchisees Anthony and Chantha Sanford.

EVER wondered why some people look fantastic in anything they wear? Tailoring is one of the fashion world's best kept secrets and the best part is anyone can do it.

Tailoring your clothes can make you look and feel a million dollars making you look taller, slimmer and more evenly proportioned.

Whether you are altering your waist, amending the length or reworking your current wardrobe, tailoring will help you breathe new life into old favourites and hang on to quality pieces you don't want to let go of.

Gladstone is stepping up in the fashion stakes with LookSmart Alterations opening in Stockland Gladstone last month.

Pairing up with other fashion retailers in the centre means customers now have an overall package of services.

CEO of LookSmart Alterations National Support Office Ray Bryant said that, in conjunction with local franchisees Anthony and Chantha Sanford, the business was building a relationship in regional Queensland.

"We consider it important that we foster this relationship in the regional areas," he said in regard to what prompted the store opening in Gladstone.

"Response from the public has been truly amazing, in particular our 30-minute pants hemming service. The most popular service has been trouser and pants hemming."

With plenty of formal events on the social calendar coming up, residents have already started taking advantage of LookSmart Alterations' full range of services.

Many people have items in their wardrobe, just sitting there because they have gone out of fashion, that they purchased years ago and love too much to throw out.

LookSmart has the solution; why not recycle the clothes by up-cycling them to this season's fashion styles?

"We have seen a high volume of up-cycling as well in Gladstone, Townsville, Mackay and Cairns because people in these regions understand our level of expertise," Mr Bryant said.

LookSmart Alterations dressmaker Helen McGuire specialises in high quality clothing alterations to fit you just right.
LookSmart Alterations dressmaker Helen McGuire specialises in high quality clothing alterations to fit you just right. Mike Richards

So, once you've worn your ball gown to a black tie function, why not see if LookSmart can restyle your dress to a shorter hemline for your next cocktail party - and voila, two glamorous outfits without breaking the budget.

As for making sure you look your best once your clothes have been tailored to perfection, Mr Bryant suggests that customers hang their garments in a steamy room prior to a formal event rather than steam pressing.

"The steam from the shower relaxes the fabric and allows for natural flow of the garment," he said.

"We do suggest drying cleaning only when required to extend the life of the garment. Certain fabrics are delicate and the chemicals can deteriorate fabrics if dry cleaned too often."

About LookSmart Alterations

LOOKSMART Alterations specialises in high quality clothing alterations to fit you just right - flattering your exact size and shape, making you feel good.

Update your wardrobe with their restyle service or have your garments resized to create the perfect fit.

You can even extend the life of your damaged garments by having them repaired.

LookSmart Alterations also provides dry cleaning, steam pressing, dressmaking, embroidery and invisible mending.

You will get it when you want it, satisfaction guaranteed.

LookSmart Alterations is next to Neville Gregory Jewellers in Stockland Gladstone and can be contacted on 4978 4600.

CUSTOMISED: This dress was made from scratch by LookSmart Alterations in Stockland Gladstone.
CUSTOMISED: This dress was made from scratch by LookSmart Alterations in Stockland Gladstone. Mike Richards

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