Does Your New Life Situation Mean That It Is Time for a New Suit? 3 Tips to Work With a Tailor for Suit Alterations

Life's changes often require a wardrobe adjustment, and a new suit will give you that professional and put-together look that you need right now. While a classic suit that is made from quality materials should last you for years, it is essential to get a proper fit from the very beginning. Suit alterations are usually needed when you first buy a suit, and then you will need to periodically have things altered to accommodate changes in your body size. These three tips will get you started on working with a professional tailor to alter your new suit for a perfect fit.

Allow for Enough Time 

If your new life change is an event that has a set deadline, then you need to begin your request for alterations early. Suit alteration services can vary on their turnaround. For instance, a simple trouser hem will usually take less time to accomplish than multiple changes to the suit. As soon as you get your suit, reach out to the tailor. You'll also want to let them know if there is a need for the suit to be done quickly so that they can give you an accurate estimate of when the suit will be ready.

Start With a Good Fit

The majority of quality suits are made with the expectation that it will need some form of tailoring. However, you do want to start out with a good base for the tailor to work with. Start by choosing a suit jacket that feels right in the shoulder and back area. Your pants should fit comfortably through the seat and thigh areas. If you fall between sizes, then remember that it is easier for a tailor to take a garment in than to make it bigger. So, go with the bigger size and work with your tailor to make it a better fit.

Understand the Difference a Pant Break Makes

Hems are one of the most common types of suit alterations. High-quality suit pants often come without a final hem. When you go to the tailor, they will typically ask you about the type of pant break that you want. The break is the part of the pant where it hits your shoe. Pants with no break will go straight down to rest just above the top of your shoe to create a clean line. A full break, however, creates a loose pool of fabric just around your ankle. This can create a more casual or confident look. Your tailor can help you decide upon the right type of break for your body type, the fabric, and the look you want to achieve.