The dressing room struggle is real, folks. For every single one of us. No matter what size or build, there’s always some pulling, tugging, shifting and bunching — triggering the urge to wad up a garment, hurl it across the room and stomp off to an executive meeting in sweats. Sometimes we just have to light a candle and give a thankful prayer for the fashion blessings uplifting a wardrobe … wondering aloud why these details are ever overlooked by a label or designer.

Alas, I, for one, sing praises to a few clothing cherubs:

Most of us don't have a ladies' maid assisting us with wardrobe... pity. |Image pbs.org

Most of us don’t have a ladies’ maid assisting us with wardrobe … pity. | Image credit: pbs.org

Lingerie Tabs

The presence of these dainty snaps have rescued me from the pain of a strapless bra on more than one occasion. Just a few teeny, tiny stitches and no bra-strap slippage. Whenever I see these in a garment, I know for certain there’s a practical female somewhere on the design team to whom I owe a coffee. Thank you. From the bottom of my cleavage, thank you.

See that teeny-tiny snap? Lingerie tabs rescue bra & cami straps from embarrassing slippage. Salute!

See that teeny-tiny snap? Lingerie tabs rescue bra & cami straps from embarrassing slippage. Salute!

Interior Finishings

Atlanta designer Megan Huntz completely agrees with me. She sets her standards high and keeps raising the bar for her own label, proclaiming:

“I approach the inner details of my pieces in a few different ways to make them unique and signature to my line.

  1. I love to make things unlined. There’s nothing worse to me than having a wonderful design in a beautiful fabric that has a polyester lining. So when I make a garment unlined, the seams on the inside have to be executed perfectly. I often use French seams, bias binding in silk in a contrasting color or a blind hem that is bound with bias binding.
  2. I love to line garments with silk. It’s very important to me that my linings are not only well-fit, but also in a nice fabric. I often use silk in a contrasting color to accentuate and harmonize with the other silk pieces in my collection. And it feels luxurious!
  3. I love to make things with a great fit. It’s my personal belief that the structure of the garment dictates the comfort. It accentuates the form and works in concert with it; if you feel like a sausage in a dress (even a tight one!), the fit is probably not on point.
  4. I love unpretentious elegance. I like real pockets, covered plackets, baby hems — all of which elevate the quality of a garment.”
Image courtesy of Megan Huntz

The inside of a Megan Huntz dress — unlined, seams finished with organza bias binding. |Image courtesy of Megan Huntz

Megan Huntz pays attention to every thread and stitch in the construction of her exquisite garments. | Images courtesy of Megan Huntz.

Megan Huntz pays attention to every thread and stitch in the construction of her exquisite garments. | Images courtesy of Megan Huntz

Interior Waist Placket Over Hook & Eye Closure

This one seems particularly tough to find, and there’s not a technical tailoring term for its usage. However, a small flap of fabric does wonders for the comfort level of those hook & eye waistband closures. Even the most well-fitting garment can have an irritating pinch when the hook shifts into the skin. I’ve even had a hook pop a hole in the waistband on my pantyhose and send a run traveling right down to my knee.

Directional Labels In Hosiery

Yes, I want a tag in the back of my tights. Why do I need a beacon? Because I do not have a wardrobe staff dressing me a la Lady Mary Crawley. I need to shimmy into my pantyhose without too much anguish. And if I don’t shred them to bits in the first wear, I plan on wearing them again, meaning puckers at the knees and dingy heels … I’d like to know which end is up before wiggling myself halfway down into the sausage casings.

Of COURSE our homegirl Sara Blakely remembered to put the label in the back of all her SPANX. (*fistpump)

Of COURSE our homegirl Sara Blakely remembered to put the label in the back of all her SPANX (*fist bump*).

Jean Pockets

The art and angst of finding a good pair of jeans remains up for debate. Brands, cuts, denim weight, waist height, zipper length, inseam, rinse tone and fading pattern all play an integral part in the look. However, prance in front of that mirror and give a little twerk. It’s the pockets — the back pockets — that can make or break the rear view in any pair. If those pockets are too high and small, even the best butt in town is gonna look “expansive.” A wider, balanced pocket gives the illusion of a more compact tush. I’m all about mastering that illusion.

Both Paige and AG denim provide an example of a wide pocket flattering the seat. | Image credit paige.com (l) & agjeans.com (r)

Both Paige and AG denim provide an example of a wide pocket that flatters the seat. | Image credit: paige.com (left) and agjeans.com (right)

Now that's a nice rear view! Great pocket size on Seven For All Mankind jeans.

Now that’s a nice rear view! Great pocket size on 7 For All Mankind jeans!

Purse Storage

Whether a luxury purchase or a fun accessory, handbags are so much more enjoyable with well-considered pockets included throughout the construction. Designers, please remember to add sections to help keep things organized, zipper side pouches for smaller items, appropriately sized side compartments to fit cell phones or makeup that would otherwise roll about in the bottom, ready to crack open and shatter powder all over the contents of the bag. Nothing like digging down for a pen and coming up with a hand coated in bronzer or blush. Lovely.

Elaine Turner thank you. Check out the Caroline Lizard Leather Tote -- a beautiful bag with a stylish exterior pocket and ample storage options inside as well. | Image credit Elaine Turner

Elaine Turner, thank you! Check out the Caroline Lizard Leather Tote, a beautiful bag with a stylish exterior pocket and ample storage options inside as well. | Image credit: ElaineTurner.com

Another lovely and functional Elaine Turner bag... the Suri. | Image credit ElaineTurner.com

Another lovely and functional Elaine Turner bag … the Suri. | Image credit: ElaineTurner.com

CindaB takes storage very seriously when designing all her bags. This Mini Hobo boasts a graceful exterior with plenty of nooks inside. |Images courtesy of CindaB

CindaB takes storage very seriously when designing all her bags. This Mini Hobo boasts a graceful exterior with plenty of nooks inside. | Images courtesy of CindaB

The Metro Bag from CindaB's handbag collection can carefully store everything needed all day... with no jumbled mess at the bottom of the purse. |Images courtesy of CindaB

The Metro Bag from CindaB’s handbag collection can carefully store everything needed all day with no jumbled mess at the bottom of the purse. | Images courtesy of CindaB

Secured Spare Buttons

I want to send a personal handwritten note to the head seamstress of a label whenever I purchase a garment and discover that the extra buttons are sewn to an inconspicuous corner or hem rather than attached in a tiny plastic bag predestined to be sucked into the vortex of my closet. Such a simple detail, and surely more efficient than the button-bag-bingo distributors must be forced to play during the tagging process. Let’s all do our part for the environment here — DOWN with the plastic button bag!

Those extra buttons multiply exponentially! So much easier to keep up with them when they're sewn into the garment to which they belong. | Image credit homemade city.com

Those extra buttons multiply exponentially! So much easier to keep up with them when they’re sewn into the garment to which they belong. | Image credit homemade city.com

Those thoughtful touches often endear a piece to honored status in the closet rotation. Is somebody out there taking notes? Do you hear the people sing? Please, do us all a favor and take style the extra mile. Amen.

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