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Lost weight. How much can I reasonably take in coat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CrAz3D, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. CrAz3D

    CrAz3D Senior member

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    I've read a few threads about losing weight and subsequent alterations, but I haven't found anything with experiences (eg, someone that's done this).

    I have 3 42R jackets and two 42R vests that I'd like to be taken in your approx 40R. I understand this will also screw with arms/sleeves.

    Is 42 to 40 too much?

    /it sucks that losing weight is gonna cost me money in tailoring or new suits.
    //guess it means I could buy a new suit :)
     
  2. dirkweems

    dirkweems Well-Known Member

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    Depends on how much your body has changed in certain critical areas and also the skill of your tailor. Get one suit taken in, see if it looks odd and off-balance. Then decide whether to buy a new suit, or proceed with other alterations.
     
  3. CrAz3D

    CrAz3D Senior member

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    The weight I lost is all waist/beer gut. I love beer, but I decided I should stop drinking so much. I also started lifting weights and doing cardio.

    Down two belt notches.
     
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    latindandy Well-Known Member

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    Do not resize it. Save it in case of a rebound. Buy a new one if you stay thin for a couple of years.
     
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    Klobber Senior member

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    This.

    OP should establish first that he is 100% dedicated to your his workout regime before making wholesale changes. It only takes an untimely muscle injury or a series of long work related hours to undo a lot of progress made. Keep the 42R coats for at least 12 months and if need be, buy a beater suit in the 40R that does not cost too much money. Once a new habit has been established and the thinner more athletic version has been molded in, then kiss goodbye to the suit wardrobe and slowly build it again.
     
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    I would also support this approach - keeping old suits in case of weight rebound. I lost 65lbs (and have kept it off). I tried to have some 44/46R suits slimmed down to roughly a 42 and all results were unsatisfactory. Those suits are all gone now to the thrift.
     
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    First of all, congrats on losing weight..Remember you can always have your new measurements taken by the tailor if you're unsure of your new size. But I'd keep those old suits and have them altered if they're still in good shape.
     
  8. Rolex Luthor

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    I disagree. I went from 215 lbs to 160 lbs and did not keep any of my old suits/jackets. Not having those clothes as a fallback position is a good incentive to keep the weight off. It's been five years and counting for me. OP can resize on the way down if he's still losing weight, but 42 to 40 is at or beyond the level of doable -- you lose more size in your shoulders and chest than you would expect. Also, plan on getting new shirts, because the necks will become too large.
     
  9. CrAz3D

    CrAz3D Senior member

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    215 to 160 is a much more notable accomplishment than my 20lbs loss. 20lbs can come back "overnight".

    I spose I might just keep and maybe find a cheap 40R I like. I wear suits 4 days a week (have two 40R suits, two 42R suits, and a 40R blazer), so I still wear stuff. I can't not wear suits, basically.
     
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