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post #31891 of 33197
I bought a pair of suede shoes, they were a perfect fit when new, but now they become slightly too big. Is there any way I can decrease the size of the shoes other than using thicker socks and insoles?
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Jacket fit question.

 

I have the chance to get a jacket that is size 48L.  I am pretty much a 46L.  What are the issues pertaining to tailoring the jacket to be more snug?  Is this workable?  Expensive?  Any insight appreciated.

post #31893 of 33197
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Originally Posted by thelook View Post

Jacket fit question.

I have the chance to get a jacket that is size 48L.  I am pretty much a 46L.  What are the issues pertaining to tailoring the jacket to be more snug?  Is this workable?  Expensive?  Any insight appreciated.

If the shoulders don't fit then it won't work. Would 48L shoulders fit you well? If not then not worth it.
post #31894 of 33197
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post


If the shoulders don't fit then it won't work. Would 48L shoulders fit you well? If not then not worth it.

Thanks, I will have to examine that.

post #31895 of 33197
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Originally Posted by thelook View Post

I have the chance to get a jacket that is size 48L.  I am pretty much a 46L.
Absent truly exceptional circumstances, I'd be unlikely to recommend one buy a jacket which is the wrong size, in the hope that it might be altered down to the right size.

Since 46L is not all that uncommon a jacket size, why not just buy a 46L? Because the store in question doesn't have a 46L in stock? Because there's a 48L available online for a great price? Because 48 is your lucky number? None of these are terribly convincing reasons.

Even if the 48L could be altered down to fit you, it's unlikely that the results will be better than what you'd get starting out with a 46L (and they may be decidedly worse). The expense - at least for truly skilled work - will often be non-trivial. And the general time and bother involved could also add up quickly.

clarksdb notes that if the 48L's shoulders fit you well, it might be worth trying. Fair enough. But one could maintain that if a 48L's shoulders fit you well, you are, in fact, a 48L. Not a 46L. That it's shoulder fit which is a primary determinate of jacket size, specifically because it's one of the most challenging aspects of a jacket to meaningfully alter with good results.
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


Absent truly exceptional circumstances, I'd be unlikely to recommend one buy a jacket which is the wrong size, in the hope that it might be altered down to the right size.

Since 46L is not all that uncommon a jacket size, why not just buy a 46L? Because the store in question doesn't have a 46L in stock? Because there's a 48L available online for a great price? Because 48 is your lucky number? None of these are terribly convincing reasons.

Even if the 48L could be altered down to fit you, it's unlikely that the results will be better than what you'd get starting out with a 46L (and they may be decidedly worse). The expense - at least for truly skilled work - will often be non-trivial. And the general time and bother involved could also add up quickly.

clarksdb notes that if the 48L's shoulders fit you well, it might be worth trying. Fair enough. But one could maintain that if a 48L's shoulders fit you well, you are, in fact, a 48L. Not a 46L. That it's shoulder fit which is a primary determinate of jacket size, specifically because it's one of the most challenging aspects of a jacket to meaningfully alter with good results.

Thought provoking, I'm glad I asked the question.  

 

It's an internet deal that I wondered whether was worth the trouble, perhaps not.

post #31897 of 33197
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Originally Posted by thelook View Post
 

Thought provoking, I'm glad I asked the question.  

 

It's an internet deal that I wondered whether was worth the trouble, perhaps not.

Perhaps you were not as strong as the emperor thought.

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My limited interaction on this forum has yielded mixed results, but I would place this in the positive column.

post #31899 of 33197
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Originally Posted by thelook View Post

Thought provoking, I'm glad I asked the question.  

It's an internet deal that I wondered whether was worth the trouble, perhaps not.

Just referring to a 46L or 48L as a generic size is not going to give the full picture. As others have implied, key dimensions vary from brand to brand (and within different fits offered by one brand). By way of example, Ralph Lauren Black Label is generally a trim fit and some may need to size up. Compare that to perhaps a Lauren Ralph Lauren or another of the more basic models where the sizing will be very different and likely more generous.

So, as far as you can seek out detailed measurements of the 48L garment and compare it to your well-fitting 46L. As previously noted, getting a tailor competent at altering the shoulder width is tough and expensive, but you may have 0.5" variation on the shoulders depending on how padded they are.

So compare measurements, and see how much work will be required. Likely the answer is too much to make the 'bargain' viable, but you may be pleasantly surprised.
post #31900 of 33197

Thank you...I have compared the measurements, now to examine the issue of shoulder dimensions...

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Originally Posted by thelook View Post
 

My limited interaction on this forum has yielded mixed results, but I would place this in the positive column.

Impressive, most impressive.

post #31902 of 33197

Can you wear a winchester or club collar shirt without a tie and jacket?

post #31903 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Torzano View Post

Can you wear a winchester or club collar shirt without a tie and jacket?
Maybe. It depends. And personal opinion varies to a fair degree on this one, too - particularly (but not solely) based on where one is located. What flies in Ankara or Surabaya, isn't necessarily what gets much love in Brussels or Boston.

But honestly, if I'm not going to be wearing a tie or a jacket, I'll typically just wear a button-down collar shirt. I mean, it's the obvious choice. Maybe a Winchester or club collar could be made to work, but I'm lazy and simply don't feel like trying to successfully pull this off this particular trick, given that there's little pay-off for doing so, and button-down collars aren't exactly difficult to find in my closet.

Still, if for some reason you want to wear a Winchester or club collar shirt without jacket or tie, go get dressed in the shirt, take a picture of yourself, post the picture, and ask us how it looks. Heck, lots of times when you can really look at a picture of yourself dressed a certain way, it'll give you a much better idea of how it works (or doesn't work), than will a glance in the mirror will. So my advice to take a picture of yourself in the shirt could prove worthwhile, even if you don't post it anywhere.
post #31904 of 33197

Jacket / Pants Pairing Question

 

Does this tandem work? Pants are J. Crew - Ludlow in Italian Chino. Jacket is off an old Prada suit I bought on SF many years ago (if the seller is lurking - thanks! I got countless wears out of the suit but, alas, I've - uh - outgrown the pants). 

 

I wouldn't be fooling anyone if worn together; the pair clearly weren't sold together.

 

But can they be worn together? And, more important, would I look like a fool?

 

 

 

 

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How water resistant are those london fog raincoats...?
Edited by bringusingoodale - 1/8/16 at 9:54pm
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