Would it be wise to buy a suit too big for me and have it tailored down?

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  1. Jake Volmer

    Jake Volmer Active Member

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    Hello,

    I was trying to buy a suit OTR yesterday, but it is hard to find suits in 36s. I found this really nice Hickey (not Hickey Freeman) in solid navy wool for under $400 but it is a size 38r. I really need a size 36s, specifically one that is slim fitting due to my thin frame.

    Would it be okay to purchase this suit then tailor it down? Also If my pant size is 30 and the suit pants are 32, can tailoring help as well? Or should I just move on from this suit?
     


  2. jeff13007

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    If i remember correctly pants in general can go 2 in either way before they start looking odd so 32-30 shouldn't be that much of a problem. The jacket on the other hand it what worries me, exactly how much work do you need on it? When you wear a 36s do you still need to have things taken in? Also the fact that its a 38R you are looking at worries me because of the length of the jacket. If you were a 36R and you were looking to have a 38R fit you i would say Maybe. But this time it seems pretty far off, might be better to let this one go.
     


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    Macallan Senior member

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    Don't. Just don't.

    Leave it, move on; find something in your size either sold as a suit or suit separates
     


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    I am not sure if this is available where you are from but over here you can buy a jacket and respective pants separately. Or I would get a cheaper MTM suit.
     


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    No, no, and three times no.

    I am a natural 36S, and I have gone through the same train of thought as you and tried all kinds of things. I would now even say no to buying a 36R and tailoring it down (because it throws the balance off - i.e. where the buttoning point / gorge is etc.). 38R would be worse because you would have so many problems with sleeve position, collars, darts, vents and, and, and... so unless you had the whole thing taken apart and recut (which would be insane), something would always look wrong about it.
     


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    I'd advise against going for a bigger suit then tailoring it down. A simple alteration with the sleeve or even the hem is fine but to completely re-do or re-cut the suit might be too risky.
     


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    Absolutely not. You can't recut a suit, at least not without significant expense (probably more than a new suit), and the results won't ever be as good as a new suit.

    Buy something in 36S. They can be found, just go to a place dedicated to menswear.
     


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    taxgenius Senior member

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    It may be able to be done, but anyone who's talented enough to do this would charge you a fortune.
     


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    Depends on your budget, and what model the suit is, if it's bigger or smaller in sizing...

    If you want a slim fitting suit, but can only find a roomy suit: Stay away. This is exactly what I did, but luckily I got all the tailoring done for free.
    I bought a Staple Navy BB Golden Fleece for 200 bucks. I usually run 38R, and this was marked as 40R in the add (turns out it was a 42R)

    Here's what I had to get done:
    -Shoulders re-cut
    -Waist taken in on jacket
    -Sleeves lengthened
    -Remove pleats from pants
    -Re-cut pants (slimmed down)
    -Remove cuffs and let pants out

    So that's what, probably around 500-600$ in tailoring? And in the end, It didn't really turn out as I wanted. But thankfully I got all the work done for free.

    Lesson learned: If you want a slimmer fitting suit, buying a conservative cut in higher size is a NO GO. It's a money pit, and you probably don't end up with desired result.

    On the other hand; I bought a Slimmer fitting, fashion-forward prada suit that was 40R. Only needed to take in waist a bit, and tapper the pants...and it fits very good. Alterations that probably only cost 50-100$ in total

    Lesson learned: If you want a slimmer fitting suit, then buying a slim fitting sized up suit may work.
     


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    It would be best to figure out what style you really want beforehand to avoid any waste in terms of material and so you also get your money's worth.
     


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    Did you really have to post this entirely pointless 'advice'?
     


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