The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Clothing Alterations
Dressing well comes naturally to some. Picking out the best outfit for a certain body type and shape can be easy for the fashionista, but for everyone else, it can be an outright chore. Gone are the days where women lead the way in the world of fashion; men can be just as knowledgeable and look just as good! However, when it comes to alterations and making those amendments to look and feel the part whatever the event, everyone could use a little assistance every now and then. From teaming up with Manchester suit alterations specialists, Alterations Boutique, we present to you the ultimate guide to men’s clothing alterations!
A great appearance can work wonders.
Well, let’s be honest. A first impression is what makes all the difference. Going for a very important job interview or being the best man for a close friend’s wedding? Looking impeccable is extremely important. Saggy clothing or long sleeves will not do you any favours and can give people the wrong impression, leaving them with a lack of respect for you and giving them the impression that you don’t care about your appearance too much. Clothing and suit alterations can help give you a neat and well-respected look, especially when choosing the right tailor.
It’s true; we can sometimes be reluctant to ask for help, especially when it comes to fashion. We think we know how to best dress for our body shapes, when in reality, that may not be the case. Relying on the views of friends or family can be a great help but do they really know the right style for you? Do they have the relevant experience? Considering a tailor who is skilled in this area is your best option. We’ll come onto this later!
Save money in the long run.
It’s a given that you’ll have a ton of garments in your wardrobe that are just a little bit too big or that you’re beginning to grow out of. Your first reaction is to just get rid of them as you’re not going to fit into them now. Surely going out to buy a new wardrobe that fits you better is the best option in this situation. Actually, you could be wasting money when there really is no need.
Instead of opting to throw out those old favourites, you should look at them more closely and consider whether or not they can be salvaged. Suit jackets that are little too tight or those ‘old faithful’ pair or trousers that are just a little too long in the leg can be revitalised and worn time and time again. Knowing what can be saved and altered is the first step. The next is when you actually need a tailor to assist.
When do you need a tailor?
It’s not always practical to hire a tailor. For example, if your button suddenly pops off your shirt, it’s easy enough to grab a needle and cotton and sew it back on yourself. However, for those bigger jobs that you cannot do yourself or those that you’re definitely not confident in carrying out, a tailor is your next port of call.
If your clothes fit properly, you’ll look so much better in your appearance. Tailors are known for working their magic on a range of different clothing types, helping to make those sleeves shorter and adjusting those jackets to perfection. In fact, with most ill-fitting items in your wardrobe, they can be saved with a swift trip to the tailors. Giving your chosen tailor an in-depth idea of how you want your garments to look will ensure you get the results you’re after.
So, how exactly do you choose the right tailor? There’s more choice these days instead of being forced to choose the only tailor in your village. You may choose based on recommendations from family or friends or on their specialities or skillset. Doing your research beforehand is essential to finding the right tailoring services for your needs. It’s also worth bearing in mind the time frame you need your alterations to be complete. Most tailors require a good amount of time to complete their work to a high standard.
Alterations – what should you bear in mind?
There are different tiers of alterations; basic, medium and skilled. The alterations you need will fit into a specific category and depending on how many alterations you need, these might cross over to different categories.
Basic alterations are those that are simple enough to do at home, but those that you need external help with if you’re not comfortable. These alterations are relatively cheap and can be completed pretty quickly.
- Trouser legs
- Jacket/shirt sleeves
- Button or zip replacements
Medium alterations are a little more expensive but are carried out to make a garment fit better. However, in the long run, this will save you money as we discussed previously, saving you from buying even more clothes and throwing away those that are still in great condition.
- Taking in or opening up a jacket
- Shirt Collars
- Tapering shirts or trousers
- More complex sleeve alterations
These are a lot more expensive, but are sometimes essential, especially on larger garments or those of a higher quality. It’s essential to get your item into the tailors within plenty of time and to use a reputable tailor to complete the work.
- Shoulder adjustments
- Jacket relining
- Adjusting jacket postures
You need a tailor who can deliver on what you want whilst keeping your garment in great condition. Being able to trust someone to be let loose on your precious clothes is a big step, but when choosing the right tailor, you can be confident you’ll get the results you need. Men’s clothing alterations can make your suit or outfit fit to your specific body shape, giving the impression it was made specifically to your measurements. Clothing should always feel comfortable to wear, and even the smallest of alterations can make all the difference.
Alterations Boutique specialise in the alterations and tailoring for suits and dresses and have done so for over 30 years. Visit their website to browse their different services or to book an appointment with a specialist.