What Parts of a Man’s Suit Jacket or Blazer Can Be Altered, and How Much Does It Cost?
Here on The Modest Man, we talk a lot about fit and how to dress for your body type (specifically, the shorter body type). Fit is important with all clothes, from jeans and tee shirts to shoes and accessories. It is especially important when it comes to formal wear, such as suits.
If you can afford bespoke suits, congratulations. You are part of an elite group of men who are exceedingly well dressed. A lot of guys, however, do not have enough cash to buy custom clothing. Especially young men who are in entry-level positions or even just entering the job market.
Luckily, off the rack suits can be altered for a better fit. At a minimum, every suit should be altered in three ways:
- The waist should be suppressed
- The pants should be hemmed
- The sleeves should be shortened
When you’re buying a suit or any formal jacket, the most important thing you have pay attention to is how the shoulders fit. As the graphic states, shoulder alterations are tricky at best. They are often impossible and will only make your suit look worse.
Similarly, jacket length is not an easy adjustment, so make sure not to buy anything that is too far off. If you keep these points in mind when shopping for a new suit, you will do well. Just be picky and don’t settle for anything that doesn’t look and feel great.
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