ALTER YOUR SUIT
Buying clothes off the rack is a great starting point, but to get that perfect fit you may have to pay a visit to a tailor. Read below to get started.
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ALTER YOUR SUITS
SIMPLE GUIDE TO ALTERING YOUR SUITS
If you have never stepped foot in a tailor…your clothes may not fit as flattering as possible for your body build. It might be ruining your style. Stop by a tailor to get their expert opinion to perfect your style.

RULES TO ALTER BY

A good rule of thumb is that you can subtract fabric, but not add additional fabric. If the merchandise is too small, move one size up then have the material taken in. Always buy tops that fit your shoulders and bottoms that fit your waist. If choosing between a pair of pants that fits the waist or the legs, go for the waist. Think about what is easiest to change. The waist of a pair of trousers is a lot more complicated than the legs. There are curved seams from the lining and pockets that affect the shape, while legs are one long seam. Equally, pick a jacket that fits on the shoulders rather than the jacket waist based on alteration ease.

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SHORTENING THE JACKET SLEEVE LENGTH

The golden rule is to show a half-inch of your shirt cuff when your hands are at your sides. Expect to pay under $20 for a well-done job.

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SHORTENING THE JACKET LENGTH

A good rule to go by is that the jacket should cover your ass. A good way to measure this is by putting your arms at your side and cup the end of your jacket in your hands. If there is access fabric, it is too long. If it is short and not an Italian cut suit, it may be too small. You can expect to pay around $35 for this quick fix.

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HEMMING THE PANT LEG

Distinguish if the height is of your pants is fitting based on the crotch. You will when your pants are sagging and too long. You will want to hem your pants to the length of the break (the crease at the bottom of the trousers from the fabric resting on the shoe). Your break determines a great portion of style so choose a cropped look, no break, medium break, or a full break. Traditional is what is considered a medium break where the back of the pants hit the top of your heel and naturally break over the top of your shoe with one-fold. You also have the option of cuffed or uncuffed. This will cost around $15 to complete.

NOTE:

Most of our suits come with open bottom pants, meaning you will need to get the pants altered after purchasing to add a hem, unless otherwise stated and sized with inseam length.

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NARROWING THE PANT LEG

For a slimmer look, you can have the tailor pull the fabric in around your shin up through your thigh for around $25.

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NARROWING THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE JACKET SLEEVE

Your sleeves should never be so tight it restricts movement, but also not baggy. There is a slim, ideal middle-ground. If your sleeves feel restricted while stretching your arms up, move up a jacket size. On the other hand, if your sleeves look sloppy, have the tailor slightly bring in the fabric. On average, expect to pay under $20.

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TAKING IN OR LETTING OUT THE WAIST

Two alterations can be made for the pant waist, very easily. You can reduce the waist by “taking it in” or make it bigger by “letting it out”. If planning to take the waist in, 1 or 2 inches usually can be done before other alterations will be required. More material can be taken in than let out. If desiring to make the pant waist bigger, look at the inside of the pants and check the amount of extra fabric at the seam. Most brands make their pants with extra fabric to let out at the waist, however, a professional tailor can let you know your options once seeing the garment.

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