The best alteration I've ever had done

Summer work outfit with black blazer and skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Late summer work outfit with black blazer — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Late summer work outfit with black blazer, white crochet tank, skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Lilly for Target white crochet tank top outfit with black blazer — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Why you should hem the jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When it comes to having my clothing altered, I try to avoid it as much as possible. It's partially because I don't have "my" go-to tailor and partially because it's kind of like the dry cleaner...expensive and not terribly convenient as far as when they're open. (The worst part about having a job with normal working hours is that so many other places also are only open during normal working hours and it's impossible to get any errands done!)

You may recall that a few months ago, I was debating having these jeans hemmed. They were my very first Madewell purchase, and I loved them, but I was an idiot and bought the wrong inseam. The only way I could wear them was if I cuffed them—either with a huge single cuff or a skinnier double cuff. I still wore them but not as often as I would have had they hit me at my ankles.

Madewell offers free hemming on their denim purchases (or maybe free hemming if you're a Madewell Insider? I'm not sure if things have changed), and since I knew I was going to be moving away from any Madewell stores, I decided to go ahead and have them hemmed. It was free, after all! I figured I had nothing to lose; I had been considering selling them so either I'd sell them as they were or sell them hemmed if I didn't like the hem.

I first wore these post-hem back in June, and since starting my job, I've worn them at least once every week. (I'd wear them every day if it was socially acceptable and if I didn't have a bunch of other pants/jeans that need to be worn, haha.) I know this is cliché, but it's kind of amazing how such a small change made such a huge difference. Hemming these jeans was hands down the best thing I could have done to them and the best alteration out of any of the alterations I've ever had done. I guess I should alter those not-quite-right garments more often!

Also, this blazer? When I first bought it, I was on the fence—but it turns out that I love it! I realized that I'm not big on the standard cardigan, but I am a big fan of blazers. My favorite part about this one is the fact that it's not stiff or stuffy, so it has that blazer look but it's still really comfortable. I'm going to need to pick up some more of these for sure!


Olivia Moon blazer / exact (on sale!)
Lilly Pulitzer for Target top / old; similar by Target (last seen here)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
J.Crew flats / similar by J.Crew Factory
Kate Spade earrings / old; similar