In a happy accident, I stumbled across this suit in a consignment shop a couple of weeks ago on a walk to the hardware store for something I needed for a home project.  It fits pretty well off the rack, but as you can see the sleeves are just a quarter inch or so too long to show any shirt cuff, as I prefer.  Unfortunately, this suit already has working buttonholes on the cuffs, so the tailor would have to take the sleeves up from the shoulder, and that’s around a $100 operation.  So now I have to think about whether $100 is worth it to me for a quarter inch.  Of course, the fact that I got a $5K suit for $28 leaves me some room for investment.












































Suit: Ralph Lauren Purple Label, consignment store, $28
Shirt: Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece, outlet, $45
Tie: Robert Talbott Best of Class, thrifted, $5
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Aristocraft, thrifted, $15

Total:  $93
At retail prices: As much as $5500

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7 Responses to Decisions

  1. Who would you recommend as a tailor/seamstress in Louisville?

    I picked up a Calvin Klein suit at a thrift store the other day. The jacket fits perfectly, but the pants are a little baggy below the knees. I was wanting to see my price options for getting them fitted.

  2. Oh, come on. For such an incredible find at an even more incredible savings, why not ensure that it fits like a glove?

    Best regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von B.

  3. mhj says:

    The sleeves look fine to me. 99.9% of the people seeing you aren’t going to notice a 1/4 of an inch. Only those with the same disease that us readers of menswear blogs have.

  4. Robert Keplinger says:

    Congrats on the Find! It looks wonderful as it is!

  5. twotone says:

    A good tailor may be able to take 1/4″ at the cuffs rather than the shoulders even with working buttons. More than that requires significant work. Or, just buy a shirt with slightly longer sleeves.

  6. Adam Drake says:

    I’m in a similar situation. I came across a pristine Oxxford suit that, unfortunately, is too big for me. I bought it anyway (aside from $8.00 what do I have to lose?) and was wondering if it’s worth a semi-significant investment to have the shoulders re-constructed (44 to 40).

    • Jeff says:

      If it’s one you absolutely love and will get tons of use out of once it’s recut, it could be worth it. On the other hand, it will be an expensive operation, and if you’re going to spend $100-200 on alterations, it might be better to keep an eye on Ebay for one that’s your size. In my experience Oxxfords are somewhat undervalued on Ebay for the quality that they represent, so you can still get some pretty good deals if you’re patient.

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