I bought these pants during a work trip to NYC. They are a pair of heavy gray flannel slacks, that has a blazer to match, but I waited way too long to snatch that up. I had them check other stores, but no store had it in my size. I believe I got the pants for about $29 when they were originally $118 (gotta love those sales racks). The pants were a 34, when I normally wear a 31 or 32. That’s fine for me to size up because I normally have issues with getting my quads into Club Monaco pants when I try to wear true to size.
It took me a while to get these to my seamstress, again, been traveling quite frequently for the job and for pleasure on the weekend as of lately. I’m not a huge fan of french cuffs, so when I was taking my “after” pics, I switched up the shirt.
Too warm/hot to wear them now, but they’ll be ready to go for next season. And in case you missed it - Club Monaco Fall 2010 Lookbook shot by Garance Dore
click on the images for a close up
Before: Shoes – Vintage Ralph Lauren (eBay), Shirt – Brooks Brothers (thrift store), Tie – No Label (thrift store)
After: Shoes – Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo (ebay), Shirt – Ralph Lauren (thrift store), Tie – Sears (I’m guessing it’s a 60′s era label)
I ordered up the usual. Sleeves narrowed and taken in at the side. There still is a little too much room around my lower arm, I might need to address that later.
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This shirt didn’t really need too much. I got the sides taken in, and the sleeves narrowed. I really don’t like the bunching around the waist, and there is ALWAYS too much material around the waist. I’ve even gone to department stores and have tried on numerous types of brands that are supposed to be “slim” or “athletic” cut. I would still have to pay a lot of money for those shirts, so I’d rather get my shirts else where, and just get them altered. Plus, it’s more fun. This shirt is from Uniqlo, and there shirts do fit me well of the rack, which is why I only needed a little adjustment.
Shirt – Uniqlo, Jeans – Levi’s 501 (my staple)
I’ve been traveling a LOT recently, so it has made getting pre pictures taken and post pictures taken somewhat difficult. On top of that, I had to get the pants re-adjusted twice, and the blazer three times. The sleeves, even though were to measurement, still weren’t narrow enough. I have a few things at the tailor now, and a item back so posts should be coming more frequently from now on. (and I’m also working on a surprise – stay tuned)
So here’s a few lessons that I’ve learned over the years; these help me to not realize once I get home, that something still doesn’t fit right.
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Here’s a good example of a before and after. Pants slimmed and hemmed, sleeves shortened and narrowed, and tapered to the torso.
via Got Style Menswear via GQ (it’s not cited on their site)
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)
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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.