Here’s a good example of a before and after. Pants slimmed and hemmed, sleeves shortened and narrowed, and tapered to the torso.
Bought the blazer at a thrift store across the street from my hotel in Mountain View, CA back in September. It’s vintage Brooks Brothers – good find. I believe I paid $5 for it.
I ordered up the usual – sleeves narrowed, and tapered to my torso. If you look on the second image, you can see where the pins were placed on the back and the sleeve. When I went to go pick it up, I noticed that the sleeves were only narrow on my forearm, and so he took it in more all the way up to my bicep. I didn’t get the sleeves as narrow as normal because I want to be able to wear sweater underneath for layering in the winter time. One thing I did notice is that I’m showing a little too much cuff, that’s an easy fix on my next trip.
Admittedly, my photography skills aren’t great, especially when trying to take pics of myself using the timer. I’ll do better next time to duplicate the poses and make sure they aren’t blurry. (I need a new camera, saving up for a DSLR)
This isn’t the same suit, but its the same person. Just shows the difference between “being appropriately dressed and stylishly dressed”
Evan’s problem was simple: He had on the wrong-size suit. We put him in pants that are the right length and a jacket that hugs the shoulders. He looks less like a kid who borrowed his big brother’s suit and more like a guy with poise.
“I found that the right-size suit really highlights my actual size and makes me look more professional.”
Suit, $1,050, by Neil Barrett. Shirt, $460, by Jil Sander. Tie, $125, by Band of Outsiders. Shoes, $300, by Geox. Pocket square by Paul Stuart. Watch by Cartier.
This article was in the May 2006 issue of GQ magazine. This was the first time I think I really “got” what was possible after taking a suit to the tailor. The images below are before and after.
1. Honor thy tailor
Even the best suits need altering. Pants need to be shortened, jackets need to be brought in, sleeves need to be narrowed (yes, you can ask your tailor to slim down your sleeves), and buttons need to be realigned with buttonholes (most guys’ shoulders aren’t entirely even, meaning your jacket often sits a bit askew).
You should always buy your correct size, but you then need to have a tailor customize it to your body. It’s the difference between being appropriately dressed and being stylishly dressed.