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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To wit: will hoodie-and-track pant Gen Zs ever get into tailoring? Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Ungendered Suiting, Hanbok Tradition, and #MeToo Surfaced at Seoul Fashion Week—Sarah Mower Reports," 23 Oct. 2018 Her understated, minimal aesthetic is underpinned by impeccable tailoring. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Princess Eugenie Wear a Stella McCartney Wedding Gown Down the Aisle Today?," 12 Oct. 2018 Dubbed 'Modern Voyage,' the collection will be overseen by Lands' End, and will be all about sharp tailoring, patterned shirts and scarves, and, unsurprisingly, comfort. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 Her blazer was equal party preppy tailoring as well as utilitarian chic, with two front cargo pockets and a double-breasted closure. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Denim Bike Shorts in NYC," 11 Oct. 2018 And here again are the dark glasses and bright tailoring of that era. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Mark Morris’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," 22 June 2018 His more recent sartorial ventures include zTailors, an on-demand tailoring service, and Generation Tux, an online tuxedo rental platform. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Former Men’s Wearhouse CEO George Zimmer sells Hawaiian haven at a steep discount," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of tailoring

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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