Seriously need your advice, gents!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RLPL Junkie, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. RLPL Junkie

    RLPL Junkie Senior member

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    I'll get right to it....

    I've lost a TON of weight in the last 4 months. Most of the suits in my closet are either 42R or slimmer fitting 44R. I just went to Saks yesterday and the salesperson put me in 38Rs and 39Rs and they fit great! So.... what do I do with all of these suits I have? They are all either RLPL or RLBL (44R) so I'd hate to sell them for a fraction of the cost here on SF.

    My question... assuming I'm a 39R now... is it worth taking these suits to an outstanding tailor here in nyc (e.g. Bhambi) and having them cut them down to size? I know shoulder work is a big no-no! But I feel like i'd rather spend a few hundred per suit to fix since the cost of replacing is 5 times that!


    I appreciate your help, fellas!
     


  2. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Your old clothes are of no value to you and your new size but if you are curious to try to alter them, try one suit and see if the result is satisfactory. If you have to narrow shoulders and collars it is quite extensive work. If you don't reduce everything to the new size the jackets will loose their proportion and look out of balance. Depends on how critical an eye you have regarding the results.
     


  3. Klobber

    Klobber Senior member

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    Dude, it is one thing taking a suit jacket to a tailor shop for minor alterations, but what you are asking a tailor to do is drop the jacket a whole 3 or 4 sizes. It can actually be done, but it is simply not worth it and the tailor would have to be exceptionally skilled to have the jacket looking as it was intended to. Such alterations are easier for pants, but still an unnessary evil in my opinion. Sell the suits, move on. Consider that your reward for losing weight :)

    Interesting question to me is: Since dropping weight, what about your shoulders? Have you shoulders remained the same/similar size?. Just curious since smaller suit sizes also tend to drop the width on the shoulders as well.
     
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  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Congratulations on losing weight!

    You might be able to salvage the slimmer 42Rs. Forget about all your 44R unless you want your waist pocket sitting at the back.

    If I were you, I would save two 42R suit in their current condition unaltered, just in case weight swings back. Send one 42R for alteration. Sell all size 44s and find a bespoke tailor for new suits.
     


  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    First of all, congratulations. Only you know the circumstances regarding your massive and sudden weight loss. Therefore, if this is the result of a lifestyle change it would still be prudent to give it more time and see if the weigh loss holds. For so many it doesn't (not to impune your own efforts ofcourse) and it would be an unfortunate situation to alter or let go of the existing suits and then find you need them later. Keep the weight off for a full year first. If you are still good, perhaps proceed with the good advice Despos has given.
     


  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    BTW, here's Jefferyd's comment



    http://www.styleforum.net/t/97205/can-a-40r-be-made-into-a-38r/15#post_1642403
     


  7. LeviMay

    LeviMay Senior member

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    This is my excuse for eating and drinking like I do.
     


  8. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    Incidentally 42/44 is my size :D

    I have bought some items in a slimmer size 46. Even after having them altered they seem "off" to me.

    Let me know if you do end up selling them!
     
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  9. davesmith

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    +1 I am also a 42R

    edit: congrats on the weight loss, any tips? i am getting fatter by the day
     
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  10. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    Congrats mate.. personally I would sell if i knew my weight loss was permanent based on my own activities. Otherwise, Depending on what you own you probably will make 40-60% of what it was worth, which should be enough to get you started and back in suits.
    Altering might be cheaper, but may be risky...
     


  11. RLPL Junkie

    RLPL Junkie Senior member

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    Thanks, gents! Appreciate both your advice and your congrats on the weight loss. amazing what a simple vegan lifestyle can do. It will be heart breaking, but i think I'll just sell them all and start from scratch.

    Thanks again for all your advice!!
     


  12. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    if they're nice suits and in good shape you'll probably be able to move them no prob. and that same money will buy you someone else's 38-40r suits. you bought them, got some use, and have now moved on. sure it's a 'cost', but probably a price well paid for better health and weight loss. think of it as the price you paid for being overweight in the first place and only realizing the cost later now that you've lost the weight.
     


  13. jones12

    jones12 Well-Known Member

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    First of all congratulations on your successful weight loss mate! I'm thinking you should just get rid of your old suits, sell them. If your old suits feel worn out them you should just get rid of them, no use in having it altered. Celebrate your success and buy yourself some new stuff!
     


  14. usctrojans31

    usctrojans31 Senior member

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    I echo everyone else's sentiments. Best wishes on your weight loss! Reward yourself and purchase a few new suits that are commensurate with your new lifestyle and your new look. After all, you put in the work to lose the weight, are conscious of your style and your look; why get chintzy and make yourself still slobbish? If you can make back 40-60% of your investment, you can purchase a few staple suits in smaller sizes and then continue to fill in with things on sale.
     


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    I'd rather rape myself... congratulations though. The suits should net you some decent change if they're in good shape.
     


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