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Altering women's double-breasted jacket for male use?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ChicagoManualOfStyle, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. ChicagoManualOfStyle

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    Is it possible to alter a women's double-breasted jacket to fit like a men's jacket? I'm on the small side (36S-ish), which makes it somewhat hard to find RTW jackets in my size, at least at below-retail prices. While single-breasted women's jackets have the buttons on the wrong side, double-breasted jackets are symmetric, so I was hoping that I might be able to alter something like this Ralph Lauren Collection double-breasted blazer to fit me.

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    The shoulder size (17") is good; what I would want to do is take the chest and waist out an inch or two, shorten the jacket and sleeves an inch or two, and replace the buttons by smaller ones. Are these alterations possible, and would they result in a good-looking men's jacket? Also, is the quality of Ralph Lauren Collection comparable to men's RLPL? Or is this whole endeavour just a Bad Ideaâ„¢?
     
  2. SpooPoker

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    Do it and post pics.
     
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    It is possible. Don't do it. There are plenty of 36S on eBay.
     
  6. MrDaniels

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    Do it and post pics.


    I thought you might want to see where you are going:



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    Terrible idea. That said, Please, OP, do try it and post before and after fit pics. [​IMG]
     
  8. GloStiX

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    I'm always tempted to have a tailor remove the hip flare of womens jackets and coats since I'm 5'7" 125lb. Most small sizes in the US are still too big for me.

    Honestly I see nothing wrong with it, it's just a more creative way of appropriating clothing for your wardrobe. I don't discriminate where I shop at all, Levis boys sizes are great for slim fit chinos and such too.
     
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    C'mon, kid. Try a pocket square. It'll make ya fly [​IMG]
     
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    only do it if its in the chicago manual of style.
     
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    changy's response was not surprising, considering who he has as his avatar [​IMG]
     
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    I would say don't
    1. woman got boobs you don't, not sure how the chest is going to look like afterwards (even after alteration, which I am not sure how it will be done)
    2. woman's jacket has a lot more curve, for lack of better word, the amount of waist suppression on that thing is a lot more than what you will see on man
    3. look at the shoulder padding, is this thing recent or has the big shoulder padding thing coming back again? I thought woman doesn't wear jacket with ridiculous shoulder padding anymore. This make the shoulder almost look flat...

    in any case I would say don't do it.
     
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    Is it possible to alter a women's double-breasted jacket to fit like a men's jacket? I'm on the small side (36S-ish), which makes it somewhat hard to find RTW jackets in my size, at least at below-retail prices. While single-breasted women's jackets have the buttons on the wrong side, double-breasted jackets are symmetric, so I was hoping that I might be able to alter something like this Ralph Lauren Collection double-breasted blazer to fit me.

    [​IMG]

    The shoulder size (17") is good; what I would want to do is take the chest and waist out an inch or two, shorten the jacket and sleeves an inch or two, and replace the buttons by smaller ones. Are these alterations possible, and would they result in a good-looking men's jacket? Also, is the quality of Ralph Lauren Collection comparable to men's RLPL? Or is this whole endeavour just a Bad Ideaâ„¢?


    For the love of GOD man, a little self respect! At least tell us it isn't your girlfriends old thing. Dig deep and keep looking for men's wear!
     
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    Gosh, please don't do it. It won't end well.
     
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    Is it possible to alter a women's double-breasted jacket to fit like a men's jacket? I'm on the small side (36S-ish), which makes it somewhat hard to find RTW jackets in my size, at least at below-retail prices. While single-breasted women's jackets have the buttons on the wrong side, double-breasted jackets are symmetric, so I was hoping that I might be able to alter something like this Ralph Lauren Collection double-breasted blazer to fit me.

    [​IMG]

    The shoulder size (17") is good; what I would want to do is take the chest and waist out an inch or two, shorten the jacket and sleeves an inch or two, and replace the buttons by smaller ones. Are these alterations possible, and would they result in a good-looking men's jacket? Also, is the quality of Ralph Lauren Collection comparable to men's RLPL? Or is this whole endeavour just a Bad Ideaâ„¢?


    5 posts, pretty obvious to me [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  18. ChicagoManualOfStyle

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    All right, as much as I'd love to try it and post pictures to indulge everybody's voyeuristic fantasies, I really only wanted to get people's opinions on whether I should consider this as an option as I look to expand my wardrobe. I think enough people have come out against it that I'll take it off the table, although I'd still be interested to hear from anybody who has actually tried something like this.

    (Also, I agree that the shoulders appear to be way too padded on this one, but the rest seemed potentially in the ballpark of being fixable.)
     
  19. GBR

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    Silly idea, male and female form are signifcantly different - it will like a complete rag.
     
  20. Prince of Paisley

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    It depends. If the OP is busty he could get away with it.
     

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