Originally Posted by zenith
I learned my lesson the hard way a long time ago. I went to a very well known clothing store in Philadelphia to buy two suits for a new job. The problem was I really needed MTM but could not afford it at the time. The SA told me not to worry. They had expert tailors who could easily fit my RTW. In order to accomodate my upper body, I needed a 48L, but my waist was about a 36. Needless to say, when I went to pick up the suit I was was swimming in the pants. They literally fell to the floor if I didn't hold them up. Yet, the tailor and SA acted like this was perfectly acceptable and completely normal. Being a clueless noob, I just tightened up my belt until I learned better a short time later. I still have both suits in my closet to remind me never to go to that particular store ever again.
I'm very skeptical of store tailors, and no longer depend on them to assess how an item looks on me. I, too, have had very reputable salespeople and tailors in high-end stores swear that a suit or other clothing looked great on me, only to realize later that they looked awful. I'll never forget the Oxxford blazer, or the Borrelli suit, or the Prada topcoat that, because I didn't know better at the time, I thought looked great but came to realize they looked like crap on me. Poor fits that the tailor and SA should have recognized immediately. Now I know what to look for on my own.