How to Get Your Clothes Tailored
(and how much it’s going to cost you)
Fit is the most important aspect of style. Antonio Centeno from RealMenRealStyle.com says:
“If a garment doesn’t fit well, none of its other characteristics matter — it’s not going to look good on you.”
So I ask you: Do your clothes fit? Do you want them to fit better? Here’s how:
Go to the tailor and get them altered.
There is no better way for short men to make sure their clothes fit properly.
The good news is, most alterations are cheap and easy. This series of illustrations shows you exactly how jackets, shirts and trousers can be altered, and how much you can expect to pay the tailor:
It’s tough to find a button up shirt that fits properly off the rack. Usually, the sleeves are too long or the excess fabric billows out around the midsection. It’s crucial that you know which parts of a dress shirt can be fixed and how much these alterations cost.
Pants almost always need to be altered. At the very least, you should get all of your pants hemmed. Shorter men especially need to pay attention to the length of their pants. Beyond that, you may also want to get the waist adjusted and the leg tapered.
Suit jackets and sportcoats need to fit properly. Some parts of a jacket (like the shoulders) are very hard to fix. Some are pretty easy and can be altered by almost any tailor. Understand what can and cannot be done so you know which jackets to buy.