Your Style: Danni Trester

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Motto:I was a tomboy. Pants are always the way to go. It's very rare that I will wear a skirt or dress.

Danni Trester has fashioned a new life in Rochester since moving here a year ago to open Trester Tailor downtown. And it seems to be a perfect fit, she says.

"I started my own business for a few reasons," she said. "There seemed to be a void in Rochester I could fill with my skills. And it's something I've fantasized about doing for many years.

"I got my start in tailoring while in school at UW-Madison. For over eight years, I worked and trained with a tailor there before I moved back to my hometown of Sheboygan (Wis.) to work as a pattern maker for Allen Edmonds, the men's dress shoe company."

Trester is from a family of tailors who opened a shop in Sheboygan in the 1880s.


Please introduce us to your style.

My style lends to the more minimal side. There's a big part of me that loves pattern and color — it's what I went to school for — but I feel like solid colors and clean lines are just easier to live with. It's less of a distraction. That said, making sure what you are wearing fits well is key.


I was a tomboy all of my childhood and carrying on today. I'm the youngest of three sisters, and it was a hope of my parents that I would be a boy. So I guess it was fate that I would happen to like more masculine clothes rather than feminine. Pants are always the way to go. It's very rare that I will wear a skirt or dress.

Important influences?

My mom was a big inspiration for me to create what you envision in your mind. I have fond memories of watching her mastermind and build Halloween costumes both for her and us kids.

What do you wear at your shop?

Pants are the go-to because I have to get down on the floor for fittings. I usually pair this with a patterned top or stick to solid colors and wear fun shoes.


Favorite pieces to tailor?

I can tell you knits are not my favorite thing to tailor. If I've been doing a bunch of suits all in a row, it's nice to spice things up with some women's wear that is made of fun fabric or has an interesting construction to figure out.

Do you have priceless sentimental pieces?

Every piece of clothing I have has been altered or tailored in some manner, so I have a part of me in that clothing.

Anything in your wardrobe people would find surprising?

Most people that know me know that I hate glitter. It's the herpes of craft supplies. But I do have a fully sequined, ultra-sparkly body suit I made for a Halloween costume a few years ago. It's fun to throw it on and dance around like an idiot every now and then.

Advice for readers for the value of tailoring and style, too?

I don't think it can be stressed enough how much a difference tailoring makes. Taking in a seam or two can transform you from feeling like a total schlub to feeling like you should be on the cover of Vogue. And I encourage any and all to learn how to sew themselves — even if it's just a button.

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