The bespoke revolution

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  • Bespoke is our favourite new shopping trend - and all the celebs are at it. But if you dont have an A-list budget, check out our choice of 'Design it Yourself' websites and get fashionably creative

    With the launch of Burberry’s bespoke trenches (as modelled by Emma Watson), custom-made is becoming something of a shopping trend. Me_tail is a new online fitting room allowing you to virtually ‘try on’ clothes to fit your shape – and there’s also a host of ‘Design it Yourself’ websites popping up.

    It’s time to channel your inner Diane Von Furstenberg and get fashionably creative.

    Me_tail is an online fitting room that allows you to tailor an online photo-realistic 3D model to your body shape and size. Select a model, add your individual measurements and try on garments to see what they really look like.

    Now you can save embarrassing changing room scenarios and once you’ve worked out what styles suit your shape, it’s time to get shopping. We’ve tracked down our favourite DIY websites for made-to-order, perfectly fitting clothes – designed by you for purse-pleasing prices.

    If you’re looking for a dress that won’t have been copied a million times over on the high street, is a must-visit. With a choice of fabrics, styles, colour and cut, StyleShake lets you put together all your favourite elements before making the garment for you. And it doesn’t cost the earth. Tops start from £41 and silk dresses from £71, with a standard delivery of £7.

    For those wanting to earn their fashion brownie points with spring’s must-have item, it’s time to snap up a blouse. Get exactly the style you want with the help of NYC label Hunter Dixon, founders of the Blouse Programme. Choose between 15 styles and a range of eye-popping colours. is an online revolution for shoe-lovers, allowing you to design your own pair. With an infinite choice of styles, colours and embellishments – they’ve even got Swarovski crystals – whether you’re a platform, peep-toe or pump kind of girl, it’s time to release your inner Louboutin. With prices from £180, there’s even a free online alteration service.

    Finally if you’re off on a ski holiday, it’s all about looking ski-chic both on and off the slopes. For a fashionable hat-and-scarf combo, bookmark Choose between snoods, hats and scarves, with a host of colours, pompoms and tassels for the finishing touches. And the best news? They are all hand-knitted by a real-life granny and made from 100% British Merino wool. From £34, it’s the perfect chance to sport some authentic knitwear, without actually having to pick up any needles yourself.

    Made-to-order clothing for reasonable prices and from the comfort of our own home? I think we’ve found our newest hobby.


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