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What to Think Before Buying Mens Suits

So what are most common alterations made to mens suits? And how much are these suit alterations going to cost you in terms of your time and money?

If you speak to your local alterations companies, it’s not unheard of for someone to buy a new men’s business_suits for $800 or more only to have to spend a further $200 to alter the sleeves, trouser length and jacket chest to get the suit fitting right.

We’ve found that the average alterations cost for a new men’s suit is in the order of $75 to $100. Add to this the time you waste going backwards and forwards to your local alterations company and that suit you just bought isn’t feeling as good as when you first tried it on.

The top 4 most common suit alterations required to off-the-rack suits

1 -Trouser length taken up/down

Almost every off-the-rack suit sold will require you to adjust the trouser length. This is a relatively simple procedure which should cost you from $8 to $25. Any more than that and you’re getting ripped off.

2 -Sleeve length shortening / lengthening

Jacket sleeves are the next most common alteration required. So while you might find a suit jacket that fits you ok around the chest, often the sleeves are the wrong length and are not cut to show off the right amount of shirt sleeve. Depending on whether the jacket sleeve can be taken up/down from the end or from the shoulder, adjusting the sleeve length can be cheap or expensive. Expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $60to adjust from the end and in the region of $100 to adjust from the shoulder.

3 -Jacket length shortening / lengthening

Adjusting the length of the jacket is also very common. This often happens where an off-the-rack suit came in the right chest size for you, but it didn’t come in the right Short, Regular or Long length. This requires the length of the jacket to be adjusted- just enough to cover your posterior. This adjustment can cost anywhere from $50 to $100.

4 -Jacket chest tightening / loosening

If the jacket isn’t the right size around your chest, this can be a big problem requiring a lot of alterations work. If buying off-the-rack, it’s vitally important that you get the chest size right. However if you haven’t and need the chest adjusted expect to pay anywhere from $50 - $150 to get the adjustment made.

There is a better way!

Sometimes, even if you were to make all of these changes, your suit will still not fit you perfectly. You may find that the sleeve circumference is too loose or tight around your upper arm or your trouser leg is not slim enough.

If you’re thinking that all the extra cost and wasted time of suit alterations is something that you’d rather avoid there is a better way. In Part 2 we introduced the benefits of custom tailored suits. As custom tailored suits are made_to_measure_mens_suits (i.e. made to your exact body measurements taken by a professional tailor), they are guaranteed to fit you perfectly without the need for you to pay for alterations.

But the best part is that your measurements are usually kept on file. This means that the next time you need a suit, jacket or even a shirt it’s a breeze. You won’t even need to get re-measured. All you need to do is pick the fabric you want and you can rest assured that your suit will fit you perfectly in all departments.

Just imagine how convenient would it be to have perfectly fitting clothes every time?

A word of warning

When choosing a custom tailor, please beware of online custom suit companies. The main reason for this is that you need to take your own measurements and that their guarantees around alterations are often very restrictive.

You’re always better off finding a good tailor in your local area who offers custom suiting. Not only will they offer you style advice and answer any of your questions, they’ll also have a lot more options for you to choose from. Local tailors are also looking to form long-term relationships with their customers and so they’ll also tend to look after you a lot better. Many men find the process so rewarding that they keep going back for all their clothing needs!

But like anything else, do shop around first.

Note: Prices in this article are stated in $AUD at January 1 2012.

For more information please visit: Three Piece Suits


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