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This Made-To-Measure Brand Makes Couture Within Reach

by BUST Magazine

The Perfect Fit

WINTER IS PARTY-DRESS season. But as a large lady, my off-the-rack options have always been limited. That’s why I was so psyched to discover the affordable offerings at Balodana.com, a fashion site that only sells made-to-measure garments. Customers create a fit profile that includes a detailed list of all measurements—the site suggests asking a local tailor to do the measuring for the most accurate results—and can then choose from looks created by a dozen globally based designers. I selected a deep blue, retro-style frock from Bucharest’s Zaza Boutique, and two weeks later, I received a gorgeous dress in the mail that fit like a glove. The only down side was that the cost of the dress went up from the $222 listed on the site because of issues related to my specific measurements—so definitely double check what the final price will be before sealing the deal. 

By Emily Rems

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!


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