5 Tailoring Hacks For The Off Rack Suit
No one can walk into a retail shop, put on a suit without alterations, and walk out looking like a million bucks. Doesn't happen. One way or another the suit needs tailoring, less for some...more for others.
If you don't have the extra income to spend on a custom fit suit, you have no option other than buying a $200 suit from the nearest department store of your choosing. But, If you are willing to put a little bit more money into that $200 suit with tailoring- it won't look like that million dollar suit out of GQ but it will look MUCH better than the suit you originally purchased.
General hacks you should ask you tailor about that completely change the way your suit fits.
1. Sleeves- Makes sure the sleeves aren't too long, this is the easy one but seems like every amateur screws it up. Have the sleeves hit you at the break of the wrist. Break of the wrist? That short? YES! This will allow your shirt to go a quarter inch or half inch longer than your suit sleeve.
2. Armholes- Ask you tailor about taking the extra fabric out of your armpits. A traditional american fit has low armholes that shorten your torso, making you appear boxier. The higher the armhole, the better it's going to look.
3. Jacket Length- Put your arms at your side. The normal length today is in line with the base of your thumb. Longer- you're out dated. Shorter- you're just going more fashion forward. Now tailoring this is a different story. At MOST, you can shorten a jacket is one inch. If you shorten it anymore than that, the bottom of the jacket starts to get too close to the pockets and looks weird as shit. Even though an inch may not make it short enough, it will look better.
4. Sides- Take the sides in on the jacket and trim it up. If you don't need an extra 12 inches of fabric around the stomach, then get rid of it. NOTE- If the armholes are real low, taking the sides in too much will not visually work. You can still take the sides in, just not as much as you might want.
5. Legs- Have your tailor trim the legs. From the bottom opening to the thigh, he should be able to take fabric out which will help a ton.