Hello Gentlemen,

I was wondering if some of you could advise me about this. I have a suit that is nearing the end of its life after 3 years (just in time for me to need it for interview, naturally). It's a solid gray suit, with pants that I've mended myself a few times and are now beyond salvage. The jacket has two buttons, side vents in back, loose fit and the sleeves are just a bit past the wrist bone. Does it pay to take it to a tailor and convert it to a sport jacket? If so, what alterations should I be looking for?

Thanks in advance guys.

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It will always be an "orphan" no matter how much it is tailored IMO.

Put it in a charity bag and let somebody else get another wear or two out of it if possible. And then buy yourself a nice new suit...and a sports jacket. :)


There are charities that focus on collecting professional clothes for job-seekers. Men's Wearhouse had a partnership with one. But don't let the best be the enemy of the good.

When you buy your next suit buy two sets of pants with it.

As to your suit jacket I'm not sure what you would change.  Just use it as an odd jacket with Jeans etc and be done with it.

Example of a suit jacket used well outside of suit.

What alterations where you thinking?

Thanks for the reply. I would like it to fit my body a little more trimly and to have the sleeves shortened so my shirt cuffs would show. I might replace the buttons too.

Yeah keep the suit coat.  Contrary to popular belief, you can use it as a blazer in certain situations.  If you don't want to wear it at all, donate it to charity for someone out there who could use the assistance. 

Good balanced reply.  You do raise a good point about not storing something you will not use. 

Thank you sir!

Obviously I want to wear it now, though if I find myself not wearing it, it goes on the give-away pile with everything else.

Yeah, give it a shot, I don't think the whole suit needs to go.   You may read things on the net about how you cannot wear a suit coat as a blazer.  While that is a good rule to go by usually, it isn't universal.  I have a couple suit coats that I use as blazers and they look pretty sharp in my opinion.  The main thing is whether the suit coat is too long with casual chinos or jeans.  

Anyway, I hope it works out buddy. 


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