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Better to let out a 40 or take in a 42?

post #1 of 5
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So I'm now sort of in between suit sizes for my favorite slimmer fitting suits (I usually go with RLBL) and could conceivably go with a 40 or a 42. In general, is it better to let out the former or take in the latter? The issue is this: I used to be a stock 40, no alterations required, but I've been working out more and as a result a 40 now gapes a little at the chest and the trousers are too tight in the thighs and waist (mostly due to more squatting adding leg/abdominal muscles).

On both the 40 and 42 the shoulder pads stick off the ends of my shoulders a bit, though obviously a tiny bit more on the 42. I understand that this is just the look of these suits, but is there really anything to be done about that? Otherwise, I think the trousers from a 42 fit better all around and the jacket just needs to be taken in at the waist, but fits perfectly in the chest. The 40 would need to have the chest let out a bit and have everything above the knee on the trousers let out a bit.

So which do I go for? What is "correct" in terms of letting out or taking in?
post #2 of 5
if the shoulders on both fit fine (which i sort of doubt, but nevertheless), I'd always go with the bigger size since you won't be limited by the amount of fabric.
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

if the shoulders on both fit fine (which i sort of doubt, but nevertheless), I'd always go with the bigger size since you won't be limited by the amount of fabric.

I would have to carefully look to see if the shoulders were actually fine on both. That's a little tougher because even on the right size they'll stick off a little since they're very sharp/enforced. It's not like some suits with softer shoulders where the pad comes to the edge of your shoulder on the right size and sticks off on a size too big.

The first thing I said to myself when trying a 42 was "oh, this won't work, the shoulder pads stick off". Then I tried a 40 to compare and I got a similar stick-off effect (though a little less so) because that's the look of the jacket. I'd have to get a 42 pinned properly to see how it would look when all was said and done.
post #4 of 5
Go with 42 from now on. I'm in the same boat as you.
post #5 of 5
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To add an example:

http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3410210&cp=2871712.2877459&view=99&ab=ln_men_cs2_suits&parentPage=family

I don't think anyone would argue that the model is wearing the right size (perhaps should wear a long, but that's neither here nor there), but you can see that the edge of the shoulder pad isn't flush with his shoulder. More pronounced when his arms aren't right at his side (which is more evident in some of the other suits, where he's posed differently).
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