This year has been stressful, to say the least. Life went back to normal after Christmas, and then before we knew it, lockdown happened and all structure, purpose and normality went out the window. Life unravelled and our daily routines came to a grinding halt, affecting people in many different ways. Bodies have changed; for some, the stress has meant adding on a few kilograms, while for others, it’s been a chance to improve their health. 

Data collected from the COVID Symptom Study app found almost a third (29%) of those surveyed said they had gained weight since March 2020. This research suggested an average increase in body weight across the country at 0.78 kg (1.6 lbs). The factors that may have contributed to such weight gain included increased snacking (35%), decreased levels of physical activity (34%), increased alcohol consumption (27%), as well as an unhealthy diet (19%).

In comparison, others have seen the pounds drop off — using the change in routine to eat better and exercise more. According to Rappler, Jem Chua lost 2.3kg (5lbs) after only just one month in lockdown. When asked, she said, “I work out four to five times a week in quarantine compared to my normal of three to four times a week.”

Whatever category you fall into, it’s clear you’re not alone, and that’s why we’re offering to make you a free casual made-to-measure shirt when you bring in your suit for alterations; not only prolonging the life of your favourite suit but giving you something new to addd to your wardrobe for the inevitable virtual meetings scheduled for the months ahead.

Our bodies have changed, so a few adjustments to your tailoring could be the key to making you feel like ‘you’ again. After all, it’s proven that the way you dress can affect your mood and how others perceive us. 

Robert Ridge, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University, explains: “There definitely can be a connection between how people dress and how they feel. The more you like your appearance, the more confident you can be.”

Researchers at the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire also discovered that “the strong link between clothing and mood state suggests we should put on clothes that we associate with happiness, even when feeling low.”

Clothes associated with a low state of mind or mood, such as slouchy, loose-fitting garments are commonly worn when in a state of low self-esteem. This research demonstrates that our emotions can be altered by wearing clothes that we associate with happiness and success.

To arrange an appointment or online consultation, simply call us on 020 7287 6740 or email You will be able to choose from a wide range of casual cloths and endless styling options including unique buttons, monogramming and much more.

In-store appointments are currently carried out on a one-to-one basis, and the shop is fully sanitised after each visit. Staff are taking all necessary safety measures, including wearing face masks, shields and gloves. 

Alterations will need to be made in-store, however consultations can be carried out via Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp video call. Minimum spend of £100 required.