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Pants tailoring - is taking in 3 inches around the waist too much?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by composite, Mar 15, 2019 at 2:56 AM.

  1. composite

    composite Active Member

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    Jun 26, 2008
    Hi. I recently bought a Brooks Brothers Madison suit with a 44 inch jacket and 39 inch waist pants. The jacket is fine but I'm a 36 inch waist.

    Is taking in 3 inches around the waist too much? I thought I read somewhere that you shouldn't take more than 2 inches on the web, but my google skills are pretty terrible.

  2. sebflynn

    sebflynn Well-Known Member

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    Feb 2, 2015
    You're limited to 2 inches on a shirt not trousers though, I would be more concerned about how they fit your thigh and calf as unless your the athletic type with you will probably have a ton of excess fabric.

  3. breakaway01

    breakaway01 Distinguished Member

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    Aug 29, 2013
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Disagree with above. There is a limit to how far you can take in the waist. The waistband is reduced at the rear of the trouser and the excess material at the top of the seat is also taken in. The problem with taking in the waist 3 inches is that the rear pockets will probably end up being too close together. You can pin the excess out yourself and see how it looks.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019 at 5:28 PM

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