Losing weight suits

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  1. thenewguy

    thenewguy Well-Known Member

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    I have lost some weight and have dropped from a 40s to a 38s. I have to lose another 10 pounds to hit my goal. Since 15 pounds dropped me a size, I assume another 10 will drop me another size. So, I don't to buy any new suits until I know I am down where I want to be. Trouble is, I have an important potential client meeting later this month with a guy who dresses very, very well. I need to look sharp.

    I am watching ebay and the marketplace here for something nice, but cheap. Any one have either a grey or navy in 38s they want to basically give away? Where else would you look?
     


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    thought about a thrift store? you can probably put together a suit for $30.
     


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    If the shoulders are still okay, a little bit of extra width in the waist won;t be the end of the world. Maybe have a tailor take the pants in (2 inches is doable typically) so at least that part looks fitted.

    Also another 10 lbs may not be another size. In my case, I lost 70 lbs and went down from a 46 to a 42. However, if you are intent on the weight loss, it makes sense not to spend any serious money until you are down to your goal weight. Also note that, depending on your weight distribution and manner of weight loss (diet alsone versus diet and exercise), your weight my shift in ways you do not expect.
     


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    which is a full $10 more than Mackelmore has.
     


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    Mackelmore?
     


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    Yeah. I'm going to be hitting them almost daily. I have never had a lot of luck here (just south of Nashville) with thrifting suits. I know they are out there, but I usually find orphaned jackets, large sizes or the crappiest of the crappy suits.
     


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    Ah, yes. Know the song, but not who sings it.
     


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    The shoulders were the first things to go. My shape has definitely changed. My shoulders slimmed down quite a bit, but I still am handing on to this spare tire. Subconsciously, I am afraid of a flat, I guess.

    Really, the majority of people I meet with would have no idea if my suit is too big or not. While this guy would never say a word, he is a very big deal in a very big company. I want to make sure i put my best foot, or suit as it may be, forward.
     


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    I hear you. If the shoulders are really now obviously sagging (or too tight), it is expensive and often fruitless to try and have them taken in and virtually impossible to have them let out. I tried on couple of nice suits (tried to downsize from 46 to 42) but spent a lot of money with crap results so would not recommend.

    You could get lucky in thrifting if you have access to decent stores and that may be your best chance to get suited on a very tght $ and time budget.

    Other suggestions are (1) to postpone the meeting and try to meet your weight loss goals in tme to get a new suit or (2) have your best fitting suit tailored as much as possible (e.g. take the waist in on jacket and pants) and make a point of joking about your weight loss with the big cheese to let him know you are in transition or (3) claim you are contagious and hold the meeting via teleconference.
     


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    berties right, honestly you probably will just need a slimmer cut if anything at all.
     


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