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re-tailoring old clothes

junior varsity

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should one re-tailor old clothes to make em fit better?
i lost 3 inches off my waist in 2 months and now i am 10% bodyfat @ the same weight i was before.
now my midsection is barely existent and the shoulders are a lot wider than before.

the majority of my old pants are size 30-31 and now i am 28.
but most of my old clothes are not extremely expensive (michael kors, polo, etc), so retailoring them might as well cost half as much if i went out and got new ones..

 

Mark Seitelman

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Originally Posted by junior varsity
should one re-tailor old clothes to make em fit better?
i lost 3 inches off my waist in 2 months and now i am 10% bodyfat @ the same weight i was before.
now my midsection is barely existent and the shoulders are a lot wider than before.

the majority of my old pants are size 30-31 and now i am 28.
but most of my old clothes are not extremely expensive (michael kors, polo, etc), so retailoring them might as well cost half as much if i went out and got new ones..



Now is a good time to prune your wardrobe.

It is probably cheaper to a few new pieces that fit.

First, you need a good, honest tailor who is willing to forego the work if the alterations are not feasible.

Second, you have to evaluate each garment as to whether it still is in good condition and whether you will wear it. Do not be swayed by your wife's or girlfriend's claim that it is still wearable. If you hardly wore it, then it unlikely that you will start wearing it in an altered condition.

You probably cannot widen the shoulders of your coats. Shoulders can be taken-in (very expensive), but they cannot be let-out.

You might be able to take-in the pants, but the pockets might be out of balance. Again, get an honest tailor.

After going through the foregoing exercise you may find that alterations are a "wash" as against buying new clothes.

Good luck.
 

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