Asking for extra room with MTM/Bespoke suits a good idea?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by buildingbob, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. buildingbob

    buildingbob Member

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    Feb 5, 2013
    I love to exercise, and I love suits. I'm now ready to get my own MTM/Bespoke suit.

    It'll cost around $2000, so I want to make sure it'll fit me for quite some time.

    I'm happy with my size, though different areas of my body can still grow from muscle gain, and decrease from fat loss. No bulking is being done, and no cutting is being done. I'm just doing maintenance.

    Should I still ask for extra room even though I'm still doing maintenance? Or will I be fine just going with the tailors typical application of measurements when making the suit?

  2. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Rochester, NY
    You are unclear about your goals- if you are really only doing maintenance, then why do you need extra room? You are unlikely to make any significant increases in size unless you make a very concerted effort to do so, so extra room should not be needed. That being said, there are a few things to note about "extra room" in garments.

    There are allowances built in to allow the garment to be let out over time, but these generally are geared toward weight gain due to increased fat, not muscular hypertrophy. MTM will have no allowance to alter the shoulder width, while bespoke may leave a small amount. Shoulder fit being the most critical aspect of the coat, it would be silly to buy something that is too big in the shoulders in the slight chance that you may build muscle in that area. Of course, if you decrease your bodyfat, the garment can be taken in through the waist.

    Speaking as a tailor and as someone who has made significant gains over the last year due to weight training, I will say that if you are currently trying to change body composition, stay away from spending too much money on suits until you have reached your goal. I can't wear 95% of my clothing anymore. I'm happy with the results but not terribly thrilled at having a closet full of clothing that no longer fits.

  3. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Feb 1, 2009

    If you're really doing this you'll shrink. Muscle being denser then fat leaning out while staying at the same weight will make you less bulky.

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