Four Alterations That Can Transform Your Old Suit
One question we often get asked is:
Can we do alterations on suits that weren’t made by King & Allen?
The answer: yes!
Nothing can ruin the lines of a really good suit more than sleeves that are the wrong length. Luckily, we can Take a look at this video, for more guidance on what the ideal length is. The jacket sleeve should sit at the break in your wrist, showing about 1cm of shirt cuff, when your hands are down by your sides. This gives the effect of framing and perfectly-balancing the suit.
Our highly-skilled team of in-house tailors can perform these alterations. We can either shorten from the cuff and move the buttons along or, if the buttonholes are working, we can shorten from the shoulders, so that the buttons can remain where they are.
When we talk about the length of trousers, you may hear the term ‘break.’ The break refers to the fold in the cloth as the trouser hits the top of your shoe. Ideally, we like to see just one break, with the trousers hitting the top of your shoe heel at the back and covering the tongue at the front.
People have a variety of preferences when it comes to the length of their trousers, with some preferring to have no break at all, so that the hem sits above the shoe. Whatever your sartorial inclination, we can offer you advice on what would suit you best.
Styles change and so do our tastes. You may have a pair of classically-wide trousers languishing in the back of your wardrobe, because they are looking a bit dated. One way to modernise your wide-fit trousers is to have them tapered into a narrower, more modern silhouette. Tapering often involves shortening as well, as the trousers will sit slightly higher.
We’ll be able to advise on the right amount of tapering, so that the trousers don’t end up looking too tight or modish.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a form of medieval torture! Many off-the-peg suits can be quite formless in shape. To get a more individualised look, we can suppress the waist of your jacket.
This involves creating more of a ‘v’ shape, so that the jacket cinches in slightly at the waist, instead of hanging formlessly from your shoulders! Our tailors can advise you on where to make the alterations and how much would need to be taken in. Remember, we want the jacket to be form-fitting, not breathtakingly tight!
Do you have an old suit in your wardrobe that you never wear?
We alter any suit, whether you bought it from us or not. Book an appointment with one of our expert tailoring consultants who will advise you on the best way to update your suit.
You will be amazed by how a few simple alterations will update your old suits!
At King & Allen, we are always looking for new ways to break new ground, grow and bring the best possible service to our clients. A big part of that is making sure that we keep up-to-date on the very latest styles, trends and fabrics, as well as innovating ways to improve our service and our standards. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new fabric range, made from recycled bottles!Style Tips & Advice King & Allen News Vegan
As you may know, King & Allen are strongly committed to innovation and producing suits that are not only beautifully-crafted but that also reflect our clients and their needs in a diverse, ever-changing world. We take our corporate social responsibility seriously and we are always looking for ways to contribute to a better, more sustainable world.King & Allen News Vegan
As you may know, King & Allen have been making suits for singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan for a few years now and we just love her sartorial flair! When she recently lost weight, her suits needed an update and she brought them along to Karl at our Wilmslow branch for some alterations.Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style