I´m all crooked...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mdkeene, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Mdkeene

    Mdkeene Active Member

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    Yes, you read it right: I´m crooked. Fortunately, my doc told me I´m not the only one. UNfortunately, I´m a bit more crooked than your average person.

    My left leg is about 2 centimeters longer than my right one. Because of this my hips, spine, and shoulders are a bit slanted. Now, when wearing casual wear, this isn´t really a problem. However, when wearing suits, especially double breasted suits, you can see something is a bit off.

    Due to me just having joined the workforce, and therefore having a pretty small budget, I´ve stuck to purchasing off the rack suits and shirts. My most recent purchase is a grey, double breasted Hardy Amies. The fit is great, but due to my shoulders being a bit off, you can see the button pulls...of course it does, one side of the jacket is hanging lower than the other side. Would simply adjusting the buttons solve this problem?

    More importantly, before actually making a huge investment,, would having a suit made to measure solve this problem? Can a tailor create a suit that will fit straight, even though my frame is crooked? Or would it still look off?
     
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  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    The shoulders of most men are a bit slanted (mine are), and, yes, a competent bespoke tailor can readily compensate for this. Can't speak about MTM because I've never had a garment made to measure.
     


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    Rambo Senior member

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    have you tried shifting it over to the other leg? the extra weight might balance you out.
     


  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Buy custom-made orthotics (which shouldn't cost much if covered by insurance). That leg length difference is a bigger health issue than it is a cosmetic issue.
     


  5. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Your fitting issues are normal as everyone has these issues to varying degrees. This is what custom tailoring as about, fitting and compensating for posture irregularities.
     


  6. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    "Proper" MTM will. I'm an advocate of online MTM in most cases, but they take exactly one leg measurement. Now, Black Lapel does have an option that you can select if you've a lower shoulder, but at the price point I doubt they can correct for an all-over slant.
     


  7. Mdkeene

    Mdkeene Active Member

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    I already have a pair. They take away some of the back pain, but in the end they can only straighten me out so far.

    Physical therapy is doing a lot of good, but I´ll always be a bit more crooked than the average Joe. Luckily, thanks to massages, workouts, etc, I can now stand and walk for more than two hours without having to take a pack of painkillers.

    I guess from now on I´ll just save up a bit more money and go for bespoke jackets, and perhaps even suits. Better to have one great fitting piece of clothing than ten ill fitted ones, right?

    Thanks for letting me know this won´t be too much of an issue.
     


  8. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    I agree with your comment on the bespoke stuff, especially the "better one that fits great..." bit. However, it's very probable any unevenness is vastly more apparent to you than anyone else. I've slightly uneven legs (or so I thought, turns out my pants were just higher up on one hip than the other due to me trying to compensate for a poor waist fit with a tight belt), and although the difference in break was massively noticeable to me, I went next door and asked a suitemate what he thought of my pants (he couldn't see the waist) and he didn't even seem to notice the difference between the legs. You'll never be standing at attention in your suits. You'll be alright. [​IMG]
     


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