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    Default tailored or fitted dress?

    Can 'tailored' and "fitted" describe the same dress? Or is there a difference in meaning?

    Can I describe a casual, summer dress which I can buy in a clothes shop using "tailored"?

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    Default Re: tailored or fitted dress?

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Can 'tailored' and "fitted" describe the same dress? Or is there a difference in meaning?

    Can I describe a casual, summer dress which I can buy in a clothes shop using "tailored"?

    'tailored' implies it's been designed for the wearers particular needs, as does 'fitted'.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: tailored or fitted dress?

    No, a fitted dress implies (where I live) that it fits close to the body. A breezy summer dress, even it had been hemmed for length and the sleeves shortened, would never be called "fitted."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: tailored or fitted dress?

    Thank you :)

    So I can call a cheap dress bought in the second-hand shop "fitted dress" when it fits the body.

    Fitted dress doesn't mean that it is smart, expensive one, does it?

    But what about 'tailored'?
    Longman Exams Dictionary says:
    "a piece of clothing that is tailored is made to fit very well"

    Is there any connection between "tailored" and the price of clothes?
    Last edited by angelene001; 06-Nov-2012 at 09:55.

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    Default Re: tailored or fitted dress?

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Longman Exams Dictionary says: "a piece of clothing that is tailored is made to fit very well"
    That is the way I understood the word until I read the first post. A google search of advertisements since then suggests that many companies selling 'tailored dresses' use the word to suggest that the garment has been made by professional tailors. The implication is that they have not been mass-produced by machines.
    is there any connection between "tailored" and the price of clothes?
    It would seem so.

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    Default Re: tailored or fitted dress?

    What is more natural to say in such a situation:
    You are a regular person, you go to a regular clothes shop and you see a casual dress which fits close to the body.
    What do you say?
    "I saw a tailored dress"
    or
    "I saw a fitted dress"
    Last edited by angelene001; 06-Nov-2012 at 09:54.

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    Default Re: tailored or fitted dress?

    Angelene001, please go back into posts 4 and 6 and edit your writing so that you follow the correct rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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