A simple, infographic-sized guide on suit alterations.

On All Tied Up I try to avoid longish guides you can find on many other blogs. They’re there, they’re good, no need to repeat what they’ve already said. I do like to sum up a topic in a convenient form of an infographic though. Even if you don’t learn anything new from it, it is a handy resource to forward to someone who may not be as much of a menswear enthusiast as you are, but needs some basic info without going into too much detail.

This time, some basic information on suit alterations. When you buy a suit off the rack, it’s a good idea to take it to a good tailor for him to have a look at it. There are several inexpensive alterations which can make a great deal of difference in how the suit looks on you. Just shortening the sleeves and hemming the trousers can do a lot of good, and if you get the trousers’ waistband actually fitted to you, you’ll see how much more comfortable they become.

Some alterations though, while technically doable, are not usually worth it. If you bought a jacket that’s too big in the shoulders, for example, you might have trouble finding a tailor who will even attempt to fix that. And even then you might end up paying for an alteration which still doesn’t make the suit look and fit good enough. Try to avoid situations like this and buy things you know can be altered to fit.

Illustrations by one and only Jonny Leigh.