4 Replies to “What Do I Do with My Clothes If I Gain/Lose a Lot of Weight?”

  1. You’ll be limited by the amount of spare fabric in the original garment. You can usually let a suit or sports jacket out a size, for example, which will make room for something like an extra 10-15 lbs. depending on your height. But once you’re out of spare fabric there’s nothing else a tailor can do for you.

    Going the other way is easier. You can take a jacket in a couple sizes, but it moves the pockets and lapels around and eventually the proportions start to look ridiculous.

    The best thing you can do if you’re buying new clothes with the awareness that you’re going to be gaining or losing a lot of weight is to err on the side of oversized clothing. You can take a jacket in a lot more than you can let it out. But there’s a limit to what a tailor can do, and you may end up needing multiple sets of clothing if your weight is fluctuating that much.

  2. I responded to a similar question with a video on the Real Men Real Style YouTube channel — as Geoffrey says, there’s a limit to what a tailor can do, but here was my reply:

  3. Geoffrey… I feel ya..
    I tend to move up n down in weight.. I range from 155# to 165#… in the winter months I get heavier, and in the summer I tend to lean up a bit more… I know I can be more disciplined in diet and exercise but the reality is I have been this way for years..
    What I do is I have extra cloths… and have them fitted to that size. I stay away from trendy cloths, and go for more timeless classics. I am not sure if that helps, but it works for me.

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