Post # 1
We went to the first tux fitting and he is wearing the vera wang tux, and it is a little big in the stomach area (slim suit) so she said they will just move the button over so it closes more fit. I said ok that’s fine but I am still unsure, does this change the over all fit and look?? Is this normal and I’m just freaking? does that make it look asymmetrical? I need advice!
Post # 2
How far do they want to move the button?
Post # 3
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 # 4
she said a little, I’m assuming an inch, not really sure… She said its normal but I’m not convinced, I mean aren’t all suit jackets buttons down the front??? Seems so weird to me, we did try a size down and it was total “fat man in a little coat” syndrome.
Post # 5
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.
Post # 6
Duncan: Thanks for your adivce! I need all that I can get!