The Inspiring Tale of a Suit's Extreme Makeover
Therefore it was with much care and consideration that I decided to take my new suit (which I purchased as the groomsmen attire for my best friend's wedding) to a local tailor nearly 5 weeks in advance. Why so early, you ask? Well simply take a look at how the suit fit me straight off the rack a few weeks ago:
(Please excuse the crudeness of these photos. Thankfully, this blog does not often rely on such pitiful excuses for artistic, original photography unless the occasion calls for it.)
Luckily, the five weeks passed by quickly and it was finally time for my suit's big reveal to me and the other members of my wardrobe with its fresh, new look:
As it was in no condition to drive home after its major surgery, I decided to give my new suit a lift back to my house after its ordeal with the tailor. Upon trying it on however, I was pleasantly astonished at the difference. What was once a drooping, sack of fabric tossed upon a physique similar to that of a coat rack, had now transformed into a streamlined, dastardly sharp suit of armor that made me feel like an American elite...and what's more Mad Men-era American than frying franks outdoors on the grill in a suit with a manly pose? I dare say, not much!
- First, I had my tailor taper the trousers, taking all the extra fabric in around my stilt-like legs. This, by far, made the most dramatic difference.
- Next, she took in the waist of the jacket, making it hug my torso much better than the previous little-boy-enveloped-in-Dad's-jacket look.
- Finally, my tailor and I decided to raise the shoulders a bit. This has nothing to do with altering the shoulder pads (if a tailor tells you they can do this, it's a lie, DON'T Do It!), rather this involved decreasing the amount of fabric from the collar of the jacket to the seam on the shoulder. It raises the entire profile of the jacket and also shortens the length of the sleeves just enough to show off the perfect amount of cuff.