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Tailoring a 36 to fit a 34?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by grnfy, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. grnfy

    grnfy Member

    Jul 8, 2011
    So I'm looking to buy my first proper suit, and have been really keeping an eye out for discounts and promotions online to score a quality suit at a lower price. Problem is, I am a size 34 in suiting (according to H&M, Topman, etc. anyway, their 34 suits fit me well) and the smallest size they usually offer on GILT or other online promotional avenues seem to be a 36.

    Is it possible for me to bring in the suit enough at a tailor to have it fit nicely? The cost of the tailoring wouldn't matter at this point since I have already saved so much on the retail price, I am just worried the proportions of the suit will be thrown off and make it look weird.

    Thank you for your attention.
  2. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

    Apr 27, 2011
    No. Buy suits in your size. Don't assume just because you save a lot on something initially the work meant to make it look normal is justified. Plus, when dealing with tailored wares, it is almost guaranteed you will fail if you try to make something it is not.
  3. div25sec9

    div25sec9 Senior member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Get the proper size. Getting a jacket majorly altered costs a lot. It would be cheaper to buy one that fits at regular price than to buy one on sale and have major work done.

    If you're looking at H&M suits, the tailor bill will most likely more than the cost of the suit itself.
  4. Icehawk

    Icehawk Senior member

    Nov 12, 2009
    The most critical measurement is the width from shoulder to shoulder, the rest can usually be adjusted if it isn't too far off. Depending on your build you may be able to fit some 36s but you'll need to experiment and also try various brands as sizing is a bit all-over-the-place. A lot of the designer/european suits you'll see on Gilt, Yoox, etc tend to be slim so you may have luck with 36s if you aren't super narrow - and I've seen Yoox with 34s so there is that possibility too. If you know what shoulder width works for you then the B&S forum and even eBay can be a good source.

    I'm usually a 36S(hort) but I also own a few 38S so don't focus solely on the listed size, try some on :)
  5. chogall

    chogall Senior member

    Aug 12, 2011
    If I may, which RTW dealer carries size 34 suits on inventory in the US?
  6. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Toronto, Canada

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