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42R suit altered a 40R

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by scot, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. scot

    scot Senior member

    Oct 17, 2003
    Oak Hill, VA
    I am BARELY snug in a 40R, and was wondering if getting a 42R and having it altered down to fit is the right choice? Is there anything obvious I should be concerned about in what the tailor will adjust on the suit?
  2. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Los Angeles
    You should probably be most concerned about the shoulders. I think it's very hard for them to be altered. Ever consider buying a 41R? Otherwise, try as many designers/makers as you can, as a 40 in one brand might fit very differently in another.
  3. JohnR

    JohnR Member

    Oct 25, 2004
    You can go either of two ways. Yes there are brands that run bigger, say like a Joseph Abboud for example. You could have the jacket altered at the center seam and the armhole by letting them out. This is assuming that you have stayed the same size for awhile and don't plan on getting much bigger. The other problem you could have is with the trouser in a 42 Reg. "nested" suit. Nested means that the suit is a standard 6" drop. This would give you a 36 waist pant to cut down. If you're a 34 waist like what comes in a 40 Reg suit, then I doubt you'd like the feel of a 36 cut down to a 34. I would look for the Abboud or adjust the 40.
  4. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

    Mar 3, 2004
    John's advice sort of confuses me -- I disagree that you should choose only brands that run big for the sole fact that the pants will have to be taken in less. 2 inches to be taken in for pants is not a huge deal for a competent tailor, who will also take in the seat of the pants when he takes in the waist. You should get what fits you. If that is a 41R, then look for a 41R. Better yet, just look for suits that fit your measurements generally. I would hesitate before buying a 42R that you would have to alter via the center seam (this is doable, but I think it risk throwing the pitch of the sleeves off).
  5. justlurkingthanks

    justlurkingthanks Senior member

    Jun 27, 2004
    I took a 44 down to a 42 and the shoulders just don't look right -- a little peaky.
  6. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

    Apr 22, 2004
    There will be too much room on chest, shoulder, and waist. I do not concern too much about pants though since a good tailor can shrink pants no problem.

    An excellent tailor can shrink shoulder pretty good. I have done one to my hugo boss suit, and the result is pretty good.

    But I do not think you cannot shrink chest piece that easily. I never had to shrink chest pannel, but I have to think that it is really hard because of the chest pocket.

    Excessive fabric on chest area means that you will have excessive fabric on waist and belly area of the jacket (unless you have big belly). Waist can be tapered, but belly cannot. The belly can only be shrunken via tapering back seam.

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