At a petite 4’11” tall, Kelly was inspired to start AlterationsNeeded.com after many unsuccessful shopping trips left her empty-handed and her closet looking bare. Her size led her to search out petite-friendly brands and learn about good fit; the want for more variety led her to explore tailoring and alterations; and the extra cost of tailoring led her to work on defining her personal style.
Alterations Needed is where Kelly shares the things she’s learned in the hopes it will help others on their own journeys to build a wardrobe. We love her effortless style and gorgeous curls; the combo of the two make her the perfect Concrete Curls feature!
1. What inspired you to start your site AlterationsNeeded.com?
Clothing and dressing has always felt important to me, but I’m very petite (4’11”) and have a difficult time finding the styles I want to wear in sizes that fit. It was 2008, and I didn’t see anyone in the blogosphere who looked like me, trying to solve the problem I was having with fashion, so I decided to just start a blog about it and see what happens!
2. How would you describe your style in 5 words?
Dressed up denim, menswear enthusiast.
3. Where are your favorite places to shop for clothes?
Any that cater specifically to petite women! J.Crew and Banana Republic are my favorites for petite clothing at the moment, since both carry a lot of menswear inspired pieces that satisfies my tomboy side. Banana Republic’s new Creative Director, Marissa Webb, is a personal style hero of mine, so I’m especially looking forward to what she has in store for us.
4. Who’s behind the camera taking all those wonderful photos of you?
That’s my husband. He learned how to navigate a professional camera just for me. =)
5. We love your curls! How long have you been wearing your hair in its curly/natural state?
My hair went from naturally straight to naturally curly when I was 13, and I’ve worn it curly ever since. Every now and then I’ll let someone straighten it, but I go back to curly after a day or two.
6. What are your staple hair products?
Right now I’m using DevaCurl (No Poo Shampoo, One Conditioner, Styling Cream, Voluming Foam), but have also used Joico Joiwhip off and on for years. I have super fine hair, so things that give it volume like foams and mousse are my favorites.
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7. What are your favorite hairstyles?
Honestly, I’m terrible at styling hair and just wear it down all the time. Usually, whatever state my hair decides to be in that day, is the state it’ll be in, no matter where I’m going. I wash it, add product, let it air dry if I have time, and hope for the best!
8. For many curly girls it’s a journey to fully understand their hair. It’s a process of trial and error. What was your “Curls Understood™” moment (the moment you felt like, “I’ve got this!” or any essential advice you wish you had known at the beginning of your hair journey)?
I had a traumatic experience when my hair first went curly (it literally went from straight to curly in a single day, during a hair cut when I was 13), and really hated it through middle and high school. In college, I had some friends who begged me to let them straighten it, and afterward, I realized I didn’t like how straight hair looked or felt on me. I couldn’t wait to wash it and get it curly again. I came to realize it’s one of the unique, quirky things that makes me, me.
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