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12" Drop Suit Issue

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Swimming has helped me lose most of the fat and build shoulders, back, quads, everything pretty much! Now it looks like I will have a lot of alterations when I go to get a suit that FITS ME!

No wonder people look at me differently than before; given avg. drop is 6 inches and I am DOUBLE that. I must look like the shape of a narrow inverted isosceles triangle when most others are square to ovoid/round shaped (zero to negative drop as in [email protected]$$).
If you're really a 12" drop, I doubt you'll find anything that fits right without going MTM or bespoke, even after alterations. You can't take in more than about 2" on the jacket before it throws off the balance with the pockets. Alternatively, the really slim fit suits may have enough waist suppression, but would be too small in the arms and shoulders, assuming you've got a bodybuilder type physique.
 
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10 inches is somewhat understandable, but "anyone who lifts or competes in sports" will not have the same problem. I'm currently at an 8 inch drop, and I'm not "in the same ballpark" as someone with a 10 inch drop. A 12 inch drop is very extreme, especially at this guy's size, and is not explained by working out occasionally or playing adult rec league soccer on the weekends. In fact, most of the competitive lifters I know probably don't even have a 10 inch drop simply because squatting and deadlifting heavy weights strengthens and builds muscle in your core, which will expand your waist measurement. I'd say if someone has a legit 12 inch drop they are (a) a competitive bodybuilder; (b) a genetic freak; and/or (c) a gymnast/swimmer/beach-muscle-only type who has no lower body development to speak of. Given that this guy has a 48 inch chest, I'd say he's a combo of (a) and (b).

As to OP's question, stick with your suit separates for the occasions when you need a suit, but make blazers/sportcoats and odd trousers your everyday wear. $500 MTM will be hit or miss (mostly miss) and will likely not turn out ideally your first time out. Take a shot at MTM/bespoke when you can set aside enough money to do it right. Congrats on the child!
Saw this thread and was taken aback over the incredulity expressed over a 12 in drop. I literally just walked out of a tuxedo fitting and was fitted for a 15” drop (52 chest 37 waist). Found this thread wandering what the big deal was when the fitter got big eyes. I’m not a muscle head, just broad shoulders, thick neck (20 in) and narrow waist. When I’m in great shape I’m a 50/34. So it’s not due to the extra dad weight.
 

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Saw this thread and was taken aback over the incredulity expressed over a 12 in drop. I literally just walked out of a tuxedo fitting and was fitted for a 15” drop (52 chest 37 waist). Found this thread wandering what the big deal was when the fitter got big eyes. I’m not a muscle head, just broad shoulders, thick neck (20 in) and narrow waist. When I’m in great shape I’m a 50/34. So it’s not due to the extra dad weight.
I'm at a 10-inch drop myself (11 depending on how much I want to exercise) at 38/28, so I know what you mean. It's really not hard to attain.
 

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I'm at a 10-inch drop myself (11 depending on how much I want to exercise) at 38/28, so I know what you mean. It's really not hard to attain.
I may not have been clear, but I was talking about the drop between sport coat size and pant size. I totally get having in excess of a 10 inch drop between your chest and waist measurement. If you can legit fit into size 28 pants and take a size 38 sport coat, you have the lower body of a wheel-chair bound child. Skipping leg day is the opposite of maintaining/attaining.
 

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I may not have been clear, but I was talking about the drop between sport coat size and pant size. I totally get having in excess of a 10 inch drop between your chest and waist measurement. If you can legit fit into size 28 pants with and take a size 38 sport coat, you have the lower body of a wheel-chair bound child. Skipping leg day is the opposite of maintaining.
My actual waist measurement is 27 (with a true 38 chest), so I know what you meant. My waist is above the navel and markedly pinched inwards - so trousers have to be cut to accommodate this. It maintains that measurement no matter how big my legs, so call it freak genetics if you want.
 

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My actual waist measurement is 27 (with a true 38 chest), so I know what you meant. My waist is above the navel and markedly pinched inwards - so trousers have to be cut to accommodate this. It maintains that measurement no matter how big my legs, so call it freak genetics if you want.
I don’t think a 10-inch drop is freakish. It sounds pretty common among very skinny men. I think my point from this 5 year old thread was that larger guys (size 46 and up) with a 12+ inch drop are somewhat rare and will likely need to go custom. If you’re a small guy with a 10 inch drop, you can buy an OTR drop 7 or 8 Italian suit and have the waist taken in. A large guy with a 12 inch drop who has lifted or played sports isn’t going to be able to fit his legs into size 34 or 36 trousers, and taking the waist in by 4+ inches would have the back pockets touching anyway.
 

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I don’t think a 10-inch drop is freakish. It sounds pretty common among very skinny men. I think my point from this 5 year old thread was that larger guys (size 46 and up) with a 12+ inch drop are somewhat rare and will likely need to go custom. If you’re a small guy with a 10 inch drop, you can buy an OTR drop 7 or 8 Italian suit and have the waist taken in. A large guy with a 12 inch drop who has lifted or played sports isn’t going to be able to fit his legs into size 34 or 36 trousers, and taking the waist in by 4+ inches would have the back pockets touching anyway.
True, there's only so much trousers can be adjusted that way. And then you're getting into things like creases off centre, etc.
 

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