Ready-To-Wear or Tailor-Made?

  March 07, 2022   Read time 1 min
Ready-To-Wear or Tailor-Made?
Clothing is sold in small shops, ranging from those expensive boutiques importing single items from abroad, to those stocking products made in Iran.

However, there is nothing like the Western department store chains that sell the same lines of products throughout the country and where one can find specific items. As of recent, a wider variety of clothing can be found in Iranian shops than was the case earlier, but finding the item in the size you need is either a challenge or an opportunity to shop until you drop, depending on your outlook.

This potential difficulty is compensated for by the fact that it is relatively easy to find a skilled tailor. Many Iranian women shop for dress fabrics themselves, choose a design from a fashion magazine at the tailor’s shop, and have an outfit made by her. I say her because tailors for women’s formal clothing, which requires precise measuring, are usually female, although I do know a male tailor whose female assistant takes measurements before he makes the outfits.
Most tailors are highly skilled and experienced, and they can make up a pattern in the correct size just by looking at a photograph and measuring the customer. Some can sew a new garment using an old one as a guide without taking any measurements. Some tailors specialize in engagement and wedding gowns, and they can sew anything featured in a wedding fashion magazine without having a pattern. And the best thing of all is that, by Western standards, tailor-made clothes are quite affordable. Tailors’ fees may vary according to location and difficulty of the work, but as a guide, the tailor’s fee for a simple blouse with buttons along the front may be about $20 (£13), while for a man’s suit it can be $100 (£63) or more, at October 2009 exchange prices.

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