(Closed) Tux fitting–moving button–normal?

posted 4 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

How far do they want to move the button?

Post # 3
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

A little bit shouldn’t change the look too much. All rentals are non-tailored, so that’s pretty much the only way to get it to look slimmer through the waist. If you go down a size, it may be too snug through the shoulders. 

Post # 5
3257 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It could look strange at the bottom of the jacket, where the quarters land on the thighs.  If they overlap, on a single breasted jacket, it would look pretty odd.  So, it really depends how much they’re talking about, and how open the jacket’s quarters are – i.e. are they rounded, and cut away from each other, or more square, and falling neatly together.  If the jacket is more open/cut away at the bottom, it could look perfectly normal.  I just googled some pictures of it, and it looks fairly cut away, so it may work well.  Definitely find out how much they’re talking about when they say “a little.”

Do you have pictures from the fittings?  The current fashion is for jacket waists to be too tight, so it’s possible that is what they’re trying to achieve.  I don’t care for that look – it defeats the very goal of a suit, which is to streamline the torso and legs, making the man look taller and slimmer.

It looks like it’s a two button jacket as well.  If you do let them move the top button, I would give them strict instructions not to move the lower button, and to wait and see how it looks compared to the top one, when you get the jacket.  The lower button is never fastened, and it will likely be exposed.  If it is, don’t take measurements, or line things up systematically; look at it, when the jacket is done up, and decide if it looks right to your eye.  Its position relative to the insdie edge of the jacket may affect the appearance of the whole thing more than its position relative to the top button.  Eyeball it, and just have an alterations place move it to where you want, if needed.  Most places will do that while you wait, as it only takes five minutes.  Call ahead, of course, to make sure they will, but just anywhere should be fine for something to simple.  Be prepared to overpay – $10, maybe $15 – because some places gouge for little, quick jobs like that.  But, you’ll have limited time, and, in the grand scheme, that $5 or $10 extra will be worth it to save the time of going to/calling multiple places, when you’re that close to the wedding.

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