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bad idea to buy a larger suit and have it altered to fit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stanwelks, May 13, 2011.

  1. stanwelks

    stanwelks Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking at buying a RL BL suit on ebay, though it is a bit too big for me. I'm around a 41-42 R or L depending on suit and the RL is a 44R.

    Is this a bad idea? Can alterations make it fit me in a slim silhouette style? OR is this too much to have to alter for some reason?

    Thanks.
     


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    arc Senior member

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    The shoulders probably won't fit, and the alterations will probably make it look odd/off-balance. Whenever people post pictures where they've done this it looks just horrible.

    Don't do it.
     


  3. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    I'm looking at buying a RL BL suit on ebay, though it is a bit too big for me. I'm around a 41-42 R or L depending on suit and the RL is a 44R.

    Can alterations make it fit me in a slim silhouette style?
    Thanks.


    No and no...did I say no? I meant no.
     


  4. stanwelks

    stanwelks Well-Known Member

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    Does the same go for the suit trousers? If I find a jacket that has trousers that are too big, can they be altered to fit nicely OR is it the same problem?

    Thanks.
     


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    ter1413 Senior member

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    You God Damm Right You Shouldn't!
     


  6. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    If the trousers are too big, they can usually be altered for much less. If they are grossly oversized, like 6" or more, I am not sure since I haven't had that done.
     


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    razl Senior member

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    If the trousers are too big, they can usually be altered for much less. If they are grossly oversized, like 6" or more, I am not sure since I haven't had that done.

    This is generally true since the big problem you'll get with 4"+ slimming is that the back pockets will be too close (or even meet - ugh!!!).

    My understanding is that this can be solved if you have the tailor essentially "re-cut" the entire legs of the pants, but this is surgery and - depending on the tailor- risky.
     


  8. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Very Bad Idea!!!
     


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    Is this a bad idea? Can alterations make it fit me in a slim silhouette style? OR is this too much to have to alter for some reason?

    Thanks.


    Is this a bad idea? YES
    They might be able to make it look like a Zoot suit or like you're wearing dad's suit to the school dance
     


  10. timotune

    timotune Senior member

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    If the shoulders fit a good tailor can do alot of alterations - but of course this will also cost a considerable amount of money. So don't buy it
     


  11. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Unanimously, do not pursue this endeavour. It would be a sheer waste of money. Buy a suit in your size.
     


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    Superfluous Senior member

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    What's the point of buying RLBL if you're changing the whole suit?
     


  13. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    There's always another one in your size available on Ebay, eventually.
     


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