Is getting shirts altered an okay idea?
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I recently bought some shirts from J crew in a medium, I used to wear a small, but the chest pulls a bit. Anyway, I used to be able to wear the shirts either tucker or untucked, and the length wasn't an issue. The mediums seem to be a bit long, and a bit too wide in the waist area. Do you guys ever get your shirts shortened and taken in a bit? If so, where should a shirt fall to be okay to wear tucked or untucked? Any info would be great.
I do this all the time. Should be easy for a tailor. Typically an untucked shirt should be shorter; however, if you want to wear that same shirt tucked later, it will have a harder time staying tucked. Sometimes I get some shortened and taken in, other times, i just get them taken in.
For untucked, the side seam should fall at the bottom of your belt line(-ish). If you try tucking in a shirt that's only that long, you're going to fuss with it all day. For shirts you tuck in, I generally like them to fall almost to my crotch.
However, it's never a bad idea to get your shirts altered. Spending $15 to get a $65 dollar shirt taken in is going to make it look much nicer than most $80 shirts.
I generally wouldn't wear a shirt that is meant to be tucked in untucked, as the long tails look sloppy. There are shirts designed to be worn untucked, which have a much more finished look and design to the hem.
In terms of how tapered, etc, you should go to the tailor and let him pin the shirt while you wear it. That will let you see how it will look after the alterations are done. If you are happy with the look, go for it. I'm sure there are limits to how much a shirt can be taken in before looking "off" so let your tailor advise you on that.
A shirt meant to be untucket will have a hem than generally lacks tails. It may have vestiges of them, but for the most part, runs straight across. It will also not have any exposed laundry care tags and spare buttons near the hem, like a lot of dress shirts do.
I like the color! It is definitely too long and it almost "balloons" out at the bottom. You would have to tuck this in - but it might cause a muffin-top look. It is never a bad idea to tuck button-down shirts in casually, either. I would get that tailored.
Slightly off topic, but how much are you guys typically paying to get sides taken in? I was previously having my shirts darted (tailor charged $15) and requested some new ones to be taken in instead. He wanted $25 for it, which seemed reasonable.