tai·​lor·​ing | \ ˈtā-lə-riŋ How to pronounce tailoring (audio) \

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 designer’s Le Smoking tux has become an iconic piece in pop culture history that first fused sleek tailoring with a more provocative finish back in the late 1960s. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emily Ratajowski Makes the Case for the Sexy Suit," 10 Nov. 2018 And designing for men has inspired the sisters to consider new tailoring for their women’s collections. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row Launches Menswear," 27 Aug. 2018 Don’t be afraid to steal fashion tips from your fictional heroes: James Bond’s fine tailoring, Donald Duck’s thrifty no-pants fashion savvy. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 The combination of Versace and Ralph Lauren pieces struck just the right note: tasteful tailoring with a touch of kitsch. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Pulls an Anti-Festival Fashion Moment at Coachella," 14 Apr. 2019 Comer's hair is by Orlando Pita for Orlando Pita Play, makeup by Jeanine Lobell at the Home Agency, manicure by Gina Viviano at Tracey Mattingly, and tailoring by Maria Del Greco at Lars Nord. Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer Is Hollywood’s Next Great Chameleon," 8 Apr. 2019 First, my style is classic-menswear-inspired (think tailoring in neutral colors), and plus-size fashion is generally super-feminine, semi-trendy, and brightly-colored. Lauren Chan, Glamour, "Here's What Gaining Weight Taught Me About the Power of Clothing," 5 Apr. 2019 For fall, subtle new developments include tailoring, knits, a raincoat in olive shades, and a lovely camel pantsuit with a more sculptural cut to the jacket. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "The Quirky Puritanism of the Olsen Twins," 13 Feb. 2018 The jacket is made by Eleventy, an Italian company that excels in wardrobe staples and prides itself on tailoring. WSJ, "How One Bargain Blazer Can Change a Woman’s Career," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of tailoring

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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