4 things every guy should know before going to a tailor for the first time

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Make sure to know what to ask, and how to ask for it.
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Going to a tailor can be a daunting experience for a young man.

Many questions are likely swirling through your mind: “How do I know what to ask for?” “How do I know if I’m getting my suit tailored the way I want it to be?” “What do I even ask for?”

Well, worry no more. Here’s your cheat sheet:

Know what tailors can actually do

A tailor is not a miracle worker, and there are only a few set common alterations a tailor will be able to make to your suits and shirts.

According to Primer, here they are:

    Shortening suit-jacket sleevesHemming pants to make them shorterAdding or removing pant cuffsSlimming the arms or sides of a suit jacketSlimming the rear and legs of the pantsAdding darts to make a dress shirt fit slimmer and shortening the cuffs

Familiarize yourself with the tailor’s approach

Tailors are not a one-size-fits-all affair, according to Men’s Journal. A traditional Wall Street-style tailor is going to adjust the suit a little more conservatively than one who specializes in the more modern, closer-fitting style.

Know what your tailor is known for, as you might need to give additional instructions to get exactly what you want.

Learn the language

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It’s simple, and it’s a lot easier to ask for what you want if you know how. Chances are a good tailor will already know what needs to be done, but it will never hurt to be more specific. The three most important terms to know are:

    Let it out: You want more fabric hereTake it in: You want less fabric so it fits closer to the bodyBreak: how your pants will drape over your shoes

With these three under your belt, you’ll likely sound like you know what you’re talking about, even if you really haven’t a clue.

Know what’s in style

In order to be certain that what you’re asking for is appropriate, you need to know what the current trends are for men’s suiting:

    For shirt cuffs, you’re going to want between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch showing.Pant breaks should be kept to little or no break so that the pant flows seamlessly into the shoe with little extra fabric draping over.Jackets should be kept slim-fitting, with only the slightest hint of tugging at the front when buttoned.Pants should be relatively slim-fit and flattering, with a slight taper to your ankles.