Talking Tailoring with Brittany Bathgate

Tailoring is no longer limited to the workplace. Tailored trousers, blazers and full set suits are the new norm for modern women, both in and outside of work. Known for her minimal and contemporary style, we spoke to fashion blogger  Brittany Bathgate about tailoring.

How would you describe your personal style?

I never know how to answer this question, because I find it so hard to describe the way I dress. Some days I love the true and tried classics, others I love minimal, clean boxy shapes.  So I’ve started saying my style is a mix of classic, contemporary and (most importantly) comfortable.

How does a good piece of tailoring make you feel?

Wearing a good piece of tailoring, particularly a suit, is empowering. It makes me both look and feel confident when wearing which in turn is what I think makes a good piece of tailoring. Regardless of quality and fabric, clothing that has the ability to lift and transform you is priceless.

Why does everyone need a check blazer in their wardrobe?

It’s a classic that never dates and ideal for the transition between summer and autumn. Check is a surprisingly easy and wearable pattern for ‘pattern-phobes’ like myself.

How do you take tailoring from day to night?

I find wearing tailoring during the day much easier than the evening, I think it’s because I’m not a big on going out or dressing up in the evening so often my looks don’t differ from day to night. During the day pair with a relaxed knit and some trainers. For the evening switch out the knitwear for something lighter like a cami or a delicate silk top and some statement earrings for something a little more dressed up.

We love your pared back style - how do you use shapes and layers to create unique silhouettes?

For me, creating a silhouette is a huge part of getting dressed, and I think creating interesting shapes with clothes comes from beautiful fabrics and interestingly tailored pieces. I’m always quite observant of the fabric of an item, and I think being able to style pieces together based on the way the fabrics sit together is a big part.

Any tips on caring for tailoring?

- Keep your tailoring in their suit bags & dust covers. - Invest in a steamer - Use a lint roll & clothes brushes to keep tailoring clean. - Avoid overloading the pockets on suit jackets. Heavy items can misshape the jacket.

Find Brittany on Instagram and on her blog.

Jigsaw Prince of Wales blazer
Jigsaw red ribbed cardigan
Jigsaw Prince of Wales check trousers
Jigsaw black cowboy boot

Author: Jigsaw