9 drop OTR suit??

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  1. fashionnoob

    fashionnoob Senior member

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    I wear a 44 jacket and buy 35" waist pants. So far I've just been buying separates, but I'm now looking to buy a nicer Canali or Oxxford OTR suit.

    I think both of these suits are 6 drop OTR. Can anyone speak to whether I'd be able to take in an Oxxford 1220 line suit 3 inches in the waist without destroying the pants? Could I do the same with the Canali suit?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sns23

    sns23 Senior member

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    Sounds like you are a candidate for MTM.
     
  3. fashionnoob

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    So I've heard...but what I was hoping to do was pick up an Oxxford 1220 suit off ebay for around $800 and have a tailor go to work, hopefully saving me some money (and time) over the MTM option.
     
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    steveoly Senior member

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    Are you a true 44? Or can you wear a 42 jacket? The pant waists on a lot of the Oxxford 1220s in size 42 online are roughly 35-36" which should fit your waist criteria with little to no alterations.
     
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    No, the 44 is a minimum, and most 44s usually even fit a little tight on me. I'm sort of in between a 44 and a 46, truthfully.

    Do you think they could take in the trousers about 2" without doing a recut or making them look awkward? Also, can you speak to the fit of the Oxxford 1220 more generally? I think I read it has more of a modern, tailored cut than, say, the BB Madison line.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    steveoly Senior member

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    2" could be pushing it with pocket placement and other issues that may arise. My experience with Oxxford is limited and doesn't include the 1220. I believe there are a couple of threads out there that discuss the 1220 and certainly some people that are more familiar with that line than I am. Sorry I can't be of more help.
     
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    I think some Polo Bradford models are drop 8... could be close.
     
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    One other issue apart from the drop might be arm size. I have 16.5" arms, and I'm not sure that the Oxxford 1220, with its supposedly more tailored cut, would fit from that standpoint, either.
     
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    Nicola Senior member

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    False economy.

    Pay money for a suit you haven't seen including shipping.

    Pay even more money for a tailor to fix it.

    End up paying almost full retail.
     
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    That is a bit of an exaggeration. I agree if you get a suit at a good discount, you're killing the deal if it needs to be completely re-cut and what not. However, I have never purchased a suit in person - only via the interwebz, and typically I am in about $80 for alterations and new buttons. Even if OP spent a few hundo on alterations, he'd be way ahead of retail. My worry is that there would be too much tailoring needed and the risk would far outweigh the reward.

    To the OP, more and more it does sound like you're a candidate for MTM.
     
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    Thanks, Steve. I'm coming around to that viewpoint, as well.

    To that end, can anyone recommend a good MTM tailor in Chicago around the $1500 pricepoint? I was considering the Hickey Freeman store, but am open to all suggestions.
     
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    I got two BB MTM for 1300
     
  13. wing8tesqw

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    trendier zegna stuff is drop 8
     

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