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    Hi all,

    I've been following this forum since its inception, and have learned a lot from it. You guys are great. My question is about this suit: it's the J. Crew Factory corded cotton. I bought it a couple of months ago for my graduation this month, and noticed that it bulged at the lapels. When I went to get it tailored last weekend, she said that the jacket was too small, and nothing could be done. I really like the suit so I don't want to believe her! It's a 38R -- my chest measures about 38 exactly. There's no possible way I could move up to a 40R, though, because the shoulders would definitely be too large (I was already worried they might be). Do any of you have experience with a suit like this? Can it be tailored to somehow flatten that bulge? Thanks!!!


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    <img />https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C-nbUwiBSEs/T6nVBPUI-aI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/FK5jraOrQcQ/s545/IMG_0419.JPG</img>


    On edit: no idea how to work the internet. How do you post a picture??


    #2


    Honestly I doubt I would have noticed if you didn't mention it, and even then I had to look twice. I don't think the jacket is too small. I would just wear it and forget about the 'bulge', to be honest, but I know a lot less about jackets than others here.

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      #3


      Can you get some other photos with your arms at your sides in better light? It makes it easier to tell what is going on.

      "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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        #4


        Also, it really does not look too small. I would find a new tailor, honestly.

        "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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          #5


          Thanks LosRockets and greg_s, I had my roommate snap some more pictures. I don't think it's too small either. But if something can be done to flatten out the chest, I know it would definitely look better. This is the first time I've ever gone to have a jacket tailored -- I have a hunch this tailor is not very used to slim cut suits. Florida isn't particularly modern, after all.


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            #6


            It is pulling quite a bit around the button, which I'd assume is causing the poofiness (which especially seems to show on your right shoulder). I don't know much about jackets, so I don't know how easy that is to fix. However, the suit looks pretty good otherwise.

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              #7


              Letting the jacket out about 1" on the sides will fix the lapel bulge.

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                #8


                Not to sound sexist, but you probably need a male tailor who specializes in menswear. I've got a female tailor now, but it's rare to find one who knows menswear well.

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                  #9


                  NC may be right there. It does look like it's pulling a bit in the middle, but not _that_ much. Have you undone the vent(s) stitching? That may alleviate the issue.


                  EDIT: Also, this is a pretty casual suit. While obviously a perfect fit is ideal, I feel like you have a little more range with casual suits so long as you're comfortable in it.

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                    #10


                    Thanks all! Based on your comments, I'm going to keep the suit. I haven't undone the vents, hopefully that will help. I'll take it to another tailor to see if they can let out the sides a little, but there doesn't seem to be much fabric there.


                    If any Dappered readers are in the Tampa Bay area (I'm in Sarasota), and know of a decent tailor, let me know!

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                      #11


                      Definitely clip the vents and try again. It can really throw off the fit of a suit.

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                        #12


                        Haha wow I am the same size 38 and have this same problem on both of my j crew factory Thompson jackets (the gray suit and the chino navy sport coat). I don't have a solution but just wanted you to know that you are not alone.

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                          #13


                          This is a problem with almost any jacket. It's not actually a matter of size, it's a matter of posture. You have the right size because the shoulders fit, though you might be able to go up a half size to help the bulge. Sadly, not many companies make half sizes.

                          I have the same problem. So basically you have the right size but the cloth is all in the wrong places. You sir have good posture and hold your shoulders back where they should be. Almost all modern suit jackets are tailored for slouchers. So when you roll your shoulders forward, like someone who sits at a desk all day, the chest fits perfectly and lays flat. Notice that the arms are also no longer folded up in the back. You can pay a lot of money to have that problem fixed by having the arms taken off and rotated back a degree or so at the shoulder. However, you can not add cloth to the chest. Ideally, if a tailor could remove cloth from the back and add it to the chest that would solve your problem, sadly that's impossible.

                          So a tailor might be able to disguise it a bit by letting out the sides but the truth is that the jacket is the right size, but the chest is too small.

                          Having said that, I think it looks pretty good. This just happens to me all the time so it's a personal peeve.

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