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post #14431 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

I'm 5' 5" and 125 pounds. I'm planning to get a 35R (smallest S is 38) for a suit. Would it be easy to get it tailored and shortened to S size?

Not really. It's possible to shorten a coat, but it reduces the gap between the bottom of the coat and the pockets and buttoning point so it should only be done by a small amount. Reducing all the way from R to S may be too much. Also, although it's possible, I wouldn't say it's "easy", so it's not going to be a cheap alteration.
post #14432 of 33197
Oh. Would a 35R fit well or would a 38S be better (expensive to fix chest?)?

And would the AE Parliament in black look well with it?
post #14433 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

Oh. Would a 35R fit well or would a 38S be better (expensive to fix chest?)?
And would the AE Parliament in black look well with it?

I would think that the shoulders on a 38s would make it cost inefficient to alter.
post #14434 of 33197

Hey Gauss17,

 

I dont find either combination hideous.  More likely than not, it is the bad lighting that is detracting from what tie truly compliments the shirt.  Given that this is a lavender shirt, and that the dominant color in the second option tie seems to be an olive color, I would go with option 2, as olive compliments lavender well.  Also, what is very important in matching ties and shirts is to ensure that the background colors of the tie either match or complement the shirt.  In this case, the background colors of the second tie appear to more closely resemble lavender than with the first tie.  Hope this helps.

post #14435 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

Oh. Would a 35R fit well or would a 38S be better (expensive to fix chest?)?

Neither; find somewhere that sells the right size or you will just regret the purchase. If you look around you should be able to find somewhere that sells a 36S, which might be okay as it's not too hard to have the chest brought in a little bit.
post #14436 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum View Post


Neither; find somewhere that sells the right size or you will just regret the purchase. If you look around you should be able to find somewhere that sells a 36S, which might be okay as it's not too hard to have the chest brought in a little bit.

 

Right.

post #14437 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

Oh. Would a 35R fit well or would a 38S be better (expensive to fix chest?)?
And would the AE Parliament in black look well with it?

why not get a 36r? or 36S?
post #14438 of 33197
I just bought a Harris Tweed Ludlow Blazer in 40R and it's a little too big. I can wear 38Rs in the Ludlow, but it's a little tighter than I would like.
Do you guys think it'd be a good idea to try to get the blazer tailored or better off selling it?

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In terms of the fit I can say that:
1. The shoulders are a little wider
2. There's fabric bunching where the sleeves meet the jacket back, around the armpit area
3. The waist is a little loose.

Obviously, I won't waste my time trying to get the shoulders tailored, but the local tailor tells me he can slim down the back and add some waist suppression.
He can't suppress too much, or it'll look hokey with the too-wide shoulders.
So what do you guys think?

Thanks!
post #14439 of 33197
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Originally Posted by yjeezle View Post


why not get a 36r? or 36S?

 

Suit Supply's smallest S size is 38.

 

Are you guys sure 35R won't fit? I presume a 35/36 chest will fit perfectly while the only minor concession is that I need to get a R. I believe the difference between R and S is very negligible (like 1 inch); it's hard to find a suit of such quality for the price. If anything, can't you shorten the jacket slightly with the tailor or will it be too expensive?

post #14440 of 33197

How much can the waist of a pants be brought in?  I am looking at a suit and the waist of the pants measures 36" and I wear a 32.  Is it possible to bring them in 4 inches?

 

Thanks for the help

post #14441 of 33197
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Originally Posted by theaarond View Post

 


Longtime reader, first time poster. I am excited to become part of the forum that has taught me so much. 

 

I need help on deciding on a tie (or bow tie) and pocket square combo to wear with a grey suit and a purple gingham shirt. I don't have the shirt yet but the suit is similar color/texture to the one below (maybe a little darker) and I included a pic of the shirt I'll probably buy unless convinced otherwise. I'd also be interested to hear shoe/sock suggestions.

 

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I want the combo to really pop but not be too over the top... whatever that means. Looking forward to the responses.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Hey Thearond,

 

Regarding your query about potential ties to match with your suit / shirt combination, there are primarily two important factors that you will need to take into consideration (1) The design of the tie and (2) The colors.

 

Regarding design, given that the shirt is checkered in nature and that the suit is a solid, it is best to go with either a solid tie or a contrasting pattern - which in this case would be a tie with widely spaced stripes. Narrow stripes would not complement a shirt with a small checkered pattern as the purpose with putting together a well coordinated suit / shirt / tie combination is to create elements of contrast that are visually appealing to the naked eye.

 

Regarding color, it all depends on what you want to go for. If you are going for something a little understated, you can go for a lighter shade of purple which would complement your shirt and match the color of the suit. For something a little more bold, you could go with a green or lime green to complement a purple. For a perfect complement that is bold and striking go for a yellow. Regarding the first two options, I would most liekly go with a solid tie. If you are going for the bolder option, you can go for a yellow solid, but what could also work is a tie that has spaced out yellow stripes as the dominant color, with maybe a hint of purple as a fainted line stripe. That way you get the complementary color as the dominating color in the accessory and the main color on the shirt being the background color of the tie.

 

Regarding socks and shoes, generally, if your socks match the color of your belt, as is the case with your shoes also, you should be fine. Given that you are already going for a potentially bold, statement look, I would go with a black belt, grey socks and black shoes. If you choose to have a little color on the socks, it would be best that they match something in the clothing, but to contrast the boldness of the suit / shirt combination, I would keep the socks and shoes a little less bold, so that the overall look is more flattering versus a smogasboard of colors.

 

post #14442 of 33197
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Originally Posted by bmcgee6 View Post

How much can the waist of a pants be brought in?  I am looking at a suit and the waist of the pants measures 36" and I wear a 32.  Is it possible to bring them in 4 inches?
Thanks for the help

it is possible but there are considerations.... are you getting them for a great deal and willing to pay a bit more for the tailoring? this isn't a simple nip & tuck. also it depends on the skill of the tailor. a few months ago I found a random pair of 100% virgin wool Burberry trousers in a 34 at Nordy Rack for $28. the fabric alone is worth twice that. so I bought them and had my guy re-cut them and size them down to 31. cost me $50 but he does fabulous work and all together for $80 I have a great pair of pants. it's all relative. I have a hard time finding stuff to fit me in my current location, they retail for over three times that price and I liked them so what the hell. in short it can be done but for a suit I would wonder why the disparity in the jacket and pant sizes?
post #14443 of 33197
You'll have to also take in the seat too, don't forget that...

Anyway, I'd go so far as to say that 4" is too much. It'll throw off the balance of the pants. I can imagine the pockets and side seem will be pushed back beyond the sides of your waist.

Also, +1 to Kid Nickels. My old tailor in Philly, Centofanti, always did an amazing job cleaning up the seat and waist in my pants. My skinny butt looks much better when there's no fabric hanging off my seat hah.
post #14444 of 33197
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Originally Posted by bmcgee6 View Post

How much can the waist of a pants be brought in?
In general, up to about 2 inches. 1 inch is almost never a problem, and 2 inches is often possible. Much more than that, and you leave the world of simple alterations, and enter the world of major clothing surgery. 
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I am looking at a suit and the waist of the pants measures 36" and I wear a 32.
I would suggest you look elsewhere. While anything's possible - particularly if your standards are low, or your willingness to spend money high - it's almost never worth buying a pair of pants that are 4 inches too large. If you wear size 32 pants, buy size 32 pants, or reasonably close to that size.
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Michael
post #14445 of 33197
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

Much more than that, and you leave the world of simple alterations, and enter the world of major clothing surgery. 

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