Common suit alterations - what tailors can actually do

A tailor is not a miracle worker and there are only a few set common alterations a tailor will be able to make to your ready-to-wear suits. Here they are:

- Shortening suit-jacket sleeves
- Hemming pants to make them shorter
- Adding or removing pant cuffs
- Slimming the arms or sides of a suit jacket
- Slimming the rear and legs of the pants
- Adding darts to make a dress shirt fit slimmer and shortening the cuffs

The three most important terms to know are:

Let it out: You want more fabric here
Take it in: You want less fabric so it fits closer to the body
Break: how your pants will drape over your shoes

In order to have a suit that fits, my advice is that you directly order a made-to-measure suit or if you can afford to pay more, you can buy a bespoke suit.

Common suit alterations - what tailors can actually do

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Silvia K.

As the founder of Be Global Fashion Network and several other fashion websites, Silvia has been working for more than 15 years covering fashion industry trends and news. With a passion for the fashion business, she focuses on menswear and has a special interest in men`s suits tailoring and the new fashion formula - made-to-measure, made-to-order and bespoke services. You can email her with any questions about made-to-measure and made-to-order at

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