Tuxedo alterationin suggestions / fit critique

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by standard40, May 9, 2012.

  1. standard40

    standard40 Member

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    I purchased this tuxedo online and plan to take it to a tailor for some adjustments. I am pretty much a rookie when it comes to suits so any advice is much appreciated. My thoughts are to have the arm length reduced and have the waist taken in (jacket has two vents - is this a problem?). I will also have the buttons replaced with satin finished ones and maybe have the jacket slightly shortened, though I am not sure on this last idea. Please excuse the somewhat poor pictures. Also, the pants are not hemmed currently.

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  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I'm sorry to say this tux seems a poor fit. Aside from the styling issue of the lapels which are not to my taste, the shoulders do not fit you and the collar is repelled by your neck in a major way. Also, not sure if the long tie is a part of your black tie plan, but you would do well to replace it with a black bowtie. Regarding vents, ventless is the classic style, but double vents are now common enough that no one would regard it as a faux pas.
     


  3. standard40

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    Thanks for the feedback. As far as style goes, this is what I prefer and its a completely subjective thing. I plan to wear a skinny black tie, not a bow-tie, but again, thats just my preference. Regarding the shoulders, I am a bit torn because every 38R I've tried is just too narrow in the shoulders and chest (I am a slim build, but I work out and have somewhat broad shoulders). 40R is always pretty close, maybe just a hair too big, and I think this is the case here. The real question is, can this jacket be tailored for an improved fit, or is it a non-starter?
     


  4. Frankie22

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    He pretty much told you its a bad fit. Tailoring, in this case, might amount to putting lipstick on a pig. You can probably return what you have and find something that fits better overall.
     


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    Wow, that bad huh? Do you recommend I get a different 40R (that will be just a bit large like this one) or a 38R that will be too small in the shoulders/chest?
     


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    Have the waist taken in, peak lapels preferably, bow tie
     


  7. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I might have exaggerated about the shoulders last night, they're not terrible I guess...the collar is really the more distressing part. It doesn't look like it could be easily fixed, but I'm not a tailor so I can't say for sure. Are you dead set on having notch lapels? If you're not going to wear a bowtie, at the very least get some different shoes.
     


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    I'll consult a tailor I guess. I prefer the notch lapels (I imagine its not what most here like, but its what I prefer). The shoes are not the ones I would wear with this, just what was out at the time. Shirt and tie would be different as well. Thanks.
     


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