Like most men, I don’t really enjoy clothes shopping. But my BFF and favorite corporate image consultant (Joanne) said it was time for a new suit. So I whined and complained… and then we went shopping.
We saw a lot of new suits that we liked ranging from $600 to $2000. I’m value conscious (read frugal or cheap) and we both read Overdressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion – (see our previous blog post), so we were also looking for an eco-friendly solution.
Joanne suggested that we visit a tailor to see about clothing restyling and updating one of my existing suits. I’ve had alterations done but I’d never had a suit re-styled. So I was a little skeptical.
We visited Paris Tailors in Edmonton (104-10109 106 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta) and explained what we wanted. They said they restyle clothing and update suits all the time. I put on the suit so he could evaluate and take some measurements.
Luckily, my existing suit had fairly narrow lapels that are current but the jacket was rather boxy. It was also a little bit long in the body and the pants were definitely wide in the leg compared to the new styles.
I didn’t want anything too avant-garde because I wanted to still get another two or three years out of it. But I still wasn’t sure that restyling and retailoring would work to my satisfaction.
Fast-forward to the next weekend when we picked up my suit. When I tried it on, I was completely satisfied with what the tailor had done. It looked like a new suit in the current style. I had saved the planet and had only spent $160.
See the photos above
If you are contemplating getting a suit retailored here’s some how to tips:
Tip 1 – Make sure the older suit is of good quality. It should be 100% wool and high quality fabric (this is the bonus of buying better quality to start with).
Tip 2 – Be sure it’s not showing too much wear (I’m pretty easy on my clothes because I’m careful about hanging my jackets up and not wearing them while driving).
Tip 3 – Some alterations are more time consuming and expensive. If the lapels and shoulder width have changed quite a bit, it will cost more money to make those alterations.
Tip 4 – Find a reliable tailor by checking internet reviews or colleagues’ advice. Then take your suit in for an appraisal and estimate. It’s free so what do you have to lose?
Tip 5 – If your suit doesn’t lend itself to restyling, donate it to a worthy charity store, which is also good for the planet
(Let us know what results you have had with restyled clothing.)