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Blogger Ciara O’Doherty gives The Zip Yard her Review

The Zip Yard is a dedicated follower of fashion as the song says, but how does busy ol’ Zip have the time to keep up, amidst our daily tasks of smiling, greeting, thanking, pinning, consulting, thinking, planning, creating, and of course sewing we often wonder? How does one keep up? Well, thanks to a new breed of talented and fashionable self-starters, namely Fashion Bloggers, refreshing and accessible style inspiration is only a click away

Fashion Blogger Ciara O’Doherty is one of Ireland’s top up-and-coming style bloggers and one of our favourites in the personal style stakes so who better to follow for inspiration? Ciara visited us for the first time in December with some gorgeous vintage finds, most notably a stunning but very oversized Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket.

The Zip Yard stores nationwide specialize in fur and faux fur alterations, restyling and resizing so when Ciara visited us we were not afraid to get our mitts on such a gorgeous find. Many times items don’t fit us as we would like them to when bought off the rack, and this problem can be even more prevalent when you enter the world of vintage or online shopping (or in Ciara’s case Vintage Online shopping!). Don’t beat yourself up when something isn’t bang on, just come to US!


“Good tailoring can take you anywhere”


From here we’ll hand over to Ciara herself to give you some snippets on her Vintage Faux-Fur Resizing experience at The Zip Yard in South Anne Street, Dublin 2. You can also check out the original full length piece on Ciara’s marvellous blog. Keep reading for more on her Zip Yard experience as well as some gorgeous pics from Ciara’s style diary with the fully restyled coat.

“I have admitted my love for a good leopard coat on this blog a few times now already (see here) and when I found this gorgeous vintage furrier-made style (it’s still faux-fur!) on eBay recently I thought all my leopard prayers were answered. Unfortunately, when it arrived the size was all wrong on me, and I was very disappointed. It hid in the back of my wardrobe for the longest time, until during my latest (and ongoing) wardrobe clearout, I thought that I’d better do something with it, or get rid of it altogether! Which is where the ZipYard came in.”

“I got in touch with Alba who agreed to have me come in with two coats that needed re-sizing, and I can honestly say I was SO happy with the results. With a meticulous process that takes at least one fitting in-between, my two coats were tailored to my exact measurements and sizing requirements. This coat was originally at least three sizes too big for me, and so I asked for the majority of the bulk to be removed, but for it to be left a slightly relaxed fit (so it didn’t look too tight) and I really think they hit the nail on the head.  Not only does it fit perfectly, but it’s also extremely warm, just in time for the cold snap we’re getting right now.”

“Overall, I am extremely happy with the service and care taken with my garment, and I would recommend the Zipyard to anyone looking to get the perfect fit from some of their pieces. As I mentioned before, I also dropped in another coat, which I not only got altered, but also slightly re-styled, and I can’t wait to show you the results in another Style Diary, which is coming soon.”

So there you have it! A girl after our own hearts, Ciara O’Doherty knows that a bit of thriftiness plus some great tailoring can give you some serious edge in the style stakes.

If this article has sparked your interest look for your nearest Zip Yard store using our Store Locator and visit us for a free consultation.

If you would like to follow Ciara you can do so here:

On Twitter: @ciaraodoherty

On Instagram: @ciaraodoherty

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Until next time!

Love, The Zip Yard xx