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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tsloop, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. tsloop

    tsloop Senior Member

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    I have a size 31 waist and I was wondering which would be better, should I buy size 32 pants and have them taken in an inch, or buy size 30 and have them let our an inch? I've been looking at a bunch of pants on ebay but I would like some opinions on which would be easier before I buy any.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    It's probably smarter at your size to buy them a little bigger and take them in, especially because sizes vary and if you get a really small 30 you won't have the room to alter them enough.

    Also, is it more likely that you will lose or gain weight? If you are heavier than normal right now you might be able to get away with altering a small size up and then back when you lose the weight, whereas if you are likely to gain weight (starting a workout program, going into the holiday eating season etc)you will want the larger size to be able to let it out.
     


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    Renault78law Distinguished Member

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    easier to buy a size up and make them smaller
     


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    How much bigger can slacks be before altering them to fit becomes too arduous for an average tailor? Is it foolhardy to even think of buying a size 34 when I'm a 30?
     


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    First, measure the waist to be sure they will really need to be taken in 4". Depending on the cut, where they are supposed to ride (waist? hip? midthigh?), the manufacturer's labeling tendencies and the phase of the moon, a 34" may mean anything. I have some 34s that barely fit me and some 30s that are comfortable but not even snug.

    Altering is a question of balance. Whether the back pockets will appear too close together and the line of the crease up the back of the leg will be thrown off is the major concern. Also, since I assume most average tailors will be altering only from the rear seam, the side pockets may end up too far back as well. Anyone can sew a new seat seam two inches in from the original and call it a 34"->30" transformation. The question is whether the pants will be presentable afterwards. My guess in general is no.
     


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    I went to the tailor and asked to have what was supposed to be a size 33 let in and they told me that because of the way the pants are it would make the back pockets too close. They also said that they could make them fit but they would have to take the pants in from the sides and "reconstruct" them so it would cost $92, which was a little too much to spend on a $20 pair of zanella pants I got on ebay. I think how much they can take the pants in depends on the way the pants are constructed basically.
     


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    Your seat measurement dictates what waist size you should buy. Take your seat measurement and subtract 6. That will give you the correct waist size. So if you are of "normal proportion", and have a 31 waist, then your seat should measure 37. That said, good luck in finding a selection of 31 waist trousers. Let's say your seat measures 38, buy the 32 and take the waist in 1", let's say your seat measures 36 or less, buy the 30s and let out the waist.
     


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    Well, I had a break so I figured I would go and measure my "seat" and it was 38'' so I think a size 32 would be much better. Thanks for all the help.
     


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