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Possible fix for a sport coat collar?

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I found a very attractive sport coat this morning at my local Jos.A. Bank. It fits very well in shoulders, chest, and sleeves, but for some reason the collar won't lay down against the back of my neck. It doesn't lean back away from my neck so much; rather, it sort of hovers above my neck.

The sales clerk suggested that a good pressing would bring it down, and when I expressed my suspicious that it would not, she said that their tailor could solve the problem by "taking material out of the collar." She pinched the collar right behind my neck to show me, and although that did bring the collar down to my neck, it also changed the overall silhouette of the jacket.

I'm holding off on the purchase until I hear from my trusted (and economically disinterested) homies here in the forum. What's the verdict?
 

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no way to advise without a picture.
 

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Originally Posted by Threadbearer
The sales clerk suggested that a good pressing would bring it down,

When you hear this ... run.

This problem is common if your shoulder slope is more square than the shoulder slope of the jacket. Can be corrected but the degree of difficulty varies by make and amount of adjustment needed. You may also need the collar shortened.

Talk to the tailor if they have one in house next time and bypass the sales person.
 

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Originally Posted by Despos
When you hear this ... run.

This problem is common if your shoulder slope is more square than the shoulder slope of the jacket. Can be corrected but the degree of difficulty varies by make and amount of adjustment needed. You may also need the collar shortened.

Talk to the tailor if they have one in house next time and bypass the sales person.

I agree, run. I have this problem with a few brands and, unfortunately, it's rarely corrected properly. This is the reason why I don't wear RLPL jackets.
 

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unless you open the shoulders, collar and sleeve head all the way and reconstruct everything, this adjustment usually falls short of looking and fitting as well as possible. If the collar is lowered too much you need to remove and raise up the entire back as well.
This is time consuming and requires skill and is generally avoided by alteration departments in stores.
 

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Run away. The saleslady at Jos. A. Bank knows as much about menswear as the girl in the sweatpants that say "HOLLISTER" across the ass sucking on a frappucino and browsing the Spencers, which is to say, not a lot.
 

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Originally Posted by Despos
When you hear this ... run.
This appears to be the consensus. Too bad, too, because it's a beatiful jacket. I think I'll buy it anyway, just so I can take it to my tailor and have him pass judgment. I can always return it if he agrees that it's hopeless.

I apologize for not getting a picture. I know that would have helped a lot, but it never even occured to me at the time. Thanks for trying to help me even without the visual aid.
 

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try to steam the collar and see if you can get it to relax
 

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