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    How much can a suit be taken in?

    Three years ago I bought a Suitsupply Napoli fit suit in size 42. I was 220 lbs. at 5'11" tall. I wore it for a bunch of weddings, a few job interviews, and out and about on a few dates and I loved how it fit.

    I've since lost 50 lbs and look like I'm drowning grey wool when wearing it. I rarely need a suit more than a handful of times each year, and since my waistline is still dropping (albeit more slowly) I'm hesitant to purchase a new one.

    How much can a suit be taken in? Is it worth having mine altered?

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    First off, HUGE congrats on the weight loss!

    In regards to your question I hate to say it, but don't bother trying to get it altered. A 50lb+ weight loss is significant and I really don't think a tailor could bring everything in that much. You also mentioned that you don't wear it too much and that your waistline is still dropping. With that in mind I would suggest you try to sell the current suit and set aside that money for later. Keep up the good work with the weight loss and, when you need a suit again, buy one with the money you set aside.

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    A good rule of thumb is, if you have to alter the shoulder width to make it fit, it won't.

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    Taking the sides in on a suit jacket (below the arm holes) is a routine alteration. I'm pretty sure I had this done on my Napoli suits, and I'm happy with the results. I had a lot taken in on the sides on my Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald 1818 suit at the suggestion of a salesperson. I think I actually had too much taken in, and it adversely affected the way it drapes on the chest. It still looks appropriate, but the risk is higher when you take a lot in.

    Will you need the suit on short notice while you are continuing to lose weight? If so, then it might be a good idea to make an alteration now. Otherwise, I would wait. Ideally, you would wait for some time after you are done losing weight, since most people require some time to reach a stable weight.

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    Thanks for the insights, guys. I'll probably keep it in the back of my closet as is for now, and see what I end up needing down the road.

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    Since it is Suit Supply and I am about the same size and weight as you, I suggest you post fit pics. I doubt you are drowning in wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryn View Post
    Since it is Suit Supply and I am about the same size and weight as you, I suggest you post fit pics. I doubt you are drowning in wool.
    Fit pics are a fine idea, but if he was able to button it 50 pounds ago, I would expect that "drowning if wool" is about right. Lost nearly 25% of his body weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpark View Post
    Fit pics are a fine idea, but if he was able to button it 50 pounds ago, I would expect that "drowning if wool" is about right. Lost nearly 25% of his body weight.
    Agreed. 50lbs on a 5'11" frame is a lot of weight no matter how you carried it.

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