tai·lor·ing | \ˈtā-lə-riŋ \

Definition of tailoring 

1a : the business or occupation of a tailor

b : the work or workmanship of a tailor

2 : the making or adapting of something to suit a particular purpose

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The look is all about tailoring, and Watson got the proportions just right. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emma Watson Might Be the Best-Dressed Celebrity at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 The throwback cut was a ladylike nod to the strict tailoring of the late 1940s, and its effect benefited from being paired with cropped cigarette trousers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Works the Pantsuit Like a Princess Dress," 11 July 2018 Balenciaga’s knack for tailoring and re-thinking traditional silhouettes was the product of his decades-long interest in sewing. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "30 Previously Unseen Balenciaga Designs on Display This Week," 20 Mar. 2018 Everything hung on the tailoring—a point of pride for someone of Woodcock’s era and class. Jon Roth, Esquire, "How Phantom Thread Became the Year’s Best Dressed Movie," 29 Jan. 2018 Cole is that fashionable 25-year-old with the eye for tailoring that would make his grandfather proud, but a penchant for color that excites even the youngest of his fans. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Attend Met Gala 2018 in Old Hollywood Glam," 7 May 2018 Newcomer Danielle Frankel specializes in custom wedding gowns but her debut on the bridal market scene last year was much needed, since very few focus on modern tailoring and sleek pieces. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "The Most Beautiful Wedding Gowns for Spring 2019," 27 Apr. 2018 Months before that, at the Spring 2018 menswear shows, pastel tailoring was a popular statement on the runway. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Streetwear Has Entered its Pastel Phase," 27 Mar. 2018 Bespoke tailoring is what Mayfair's Savile Row does best–and better than anywhere else in the world. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, "103 Things to Do, See, Eat and Shop in London," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tailoring

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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