• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Tailors: can a RTW suit shoulder be padded to make up for a dropped shoulder?

apropos

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 2, 2008
Messages
4,498
Reaction score
389
As many of you may notice, most of us have a shoulder that is slightly 'dropped' relative to the other - it is an interesting medical fact that most dropped shoulders are on our 'dominant' side (go ahead, check it out!).

I have an especially pronounced dropped R shoulder, a lasting gift from years of playing competitive squash (a one-handed racquet game), that now-dead sport that simply reeks of old-money and the upper class.
In my RTW suits, this is (sadly) a little too prominent for my liking.

Can a skilled (or semi-skilled) tailor add additional padding to a shoulder to compensate for a dropped shoulder? Is this 'major suit surgery', on par with adjusting shoulder widths? Or should this procedure be avoided?

I look forward to your replies - thank you in advance!
 

Despos

Distinguished Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
6,555
Reaction score
1,920
Yes, a pad will help.

It is also very common to have a high hip on the same side as your low shoulder.
 

CharlestonBows

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2008
Messages
148
Reaction score
0
Yes, it can.

Just explain the concern about the shoulder to the tailor. They'll just slip a shoulder pad in, or just build it to the appropriate point with layers of thinner padding, depending on need.
 

Despos

Distinguished Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
6,555
Reaction score
1,920
Originally Posted by apropos
Thanks for that - is there any specific sort of pad or padding I should ask for? Any specific instructions I should give?

You should not use a tailor that you need to give instructions to. If you know more about tailoring than he does, move on.
 

JFKJean

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 4, 2009
Messages
295
Reaction score
1
I was told Ralph Lauren still produces padded suits. I don't know how much truth is in that but I wouldn't put it past them
 

apropos

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 2, 2008
Messages
4,498
Reaction score
389
Despos, thank you for your replies. Now to set out to find a competent tailor, fingers crossed.

Originally Posted by JFKJean
I was told Ralph Lauren still produces padded suits. I don't know how much truth is in that but I wouldn't put it past them
Black Label coats are (relatively) heavily padded to create a strong shoulder with distinct roping, Purple Label and Blue Label have softer (but still padded) shoulders on their coats. The coat in question here happens to be a Black Label coat.
 

bbaquiran

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2007
Messages
3,101
Reaction score
311
I have a dropped right shoulder. I'm right-handed.

If I have a tailor add padding to the right shoulder to even it out, will I also have to lengthen the right sleeve as well?
 

Despos

Distinguished Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
6,555
Reaction score
1,920
Sometimes. Don't do both at one time, put the pad in , then adjust the sleeve length.
 

csheehan

Active Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
37
Reaction score
0
I have a dropped right shoulder and have had a pad put in a couple of RTW suits. To my eye it looks OK; my shoulders are square, and it corrects the problems of lapel bulge and creases on the back. On the other hand, I really don't like the feel of the pad so I usually forego it and put up with the fit problems and the visibly lower shoulder. The one bespoke jacket that I have does correct the fit issues but of course not the shoulder drop.
 

Despos

Distinguished Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
6,555
Reaction score
1,920
^
I don't see why your tailor did not adjust for your low shoulder.
 

gdl203

Affiliate Vendor
Affiliate Vendor
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Jun 9, 2005
Messages
39,948
Reaction score
28,591
My tailor tried once and, although it looked better in the mirror, it felt very odd and uncomfortable. I went back a week later and asked him to take the padding out and revert to the original shoulder. I realized that I prefered the ripples caused by my dropped shoulder to the feeling of assymetric padding. YMMV
 

StopPolloition

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2008
Messages
583
Reaction score
2
I do this to all my suits on both sides as I was cursed with bilaterally sloped shoulders. Usually the tailor will recommend starting off with a fairly small pad, but I've come to accept that I have rather sloped shoulders and skip straight to the large pad. It makes the armhole feel a little bit higher and took a bit to get used to the feeling of a pad. In college when I was too poor too afford the alteration (or so I thought, it ended up being not that expensive of a suit surgery) I used to fold a sock in thirds and put it on top of my shoulders.
 

East Oakland

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2009
Messages
232
Reaction score
2
Sorry to revive an old thread, but has anyone doe the opposite--remove padding from a RTW coat with padded shoulders (thinking about a RLBL here) to compensate for one shoulder being higher than the other?

I have very square shoulders to begin with, but one sits slightly higher than the other due to a bad cycling accident when I was younger. In my case, I wonder if it would make more sense to strip out some of the existing padding from the low shoulder rather than add padding to the other (since my shoulders are square to start with).

I also wonder if removing padding from shoulders is generally considered an acceptable method for making a coat sit better on someone with square shoulders rather than the major surgery typically used to make shoulders more sqaure?
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 32 3.8%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 144 17.1%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 281 33.3%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 132 15.6%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.4%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.8%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.6%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 8 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 54 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,309
Messages
9,231,575
Members
193,791
Latest member
atnfandar
Top