The holidays are a magical time filled with family, friends, festivities and food. Between the abundance of candy at Halloween, the rich Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties, Christmas cookies and the big Christmas feast, it’s practically impossible to avoid putting on a few pounds during this time of year.
But gaining an inch or two from the decadent food shouldn’t have to mean you’re stuck feeling uncomfortable in too-tight dress pants. It also doesn’t mean you’re limited to wearing sweat pants. Much of the clothing you already own can accommodate a slight change in weight throughout the season with the help of professional alterations in Seattle, WA. While unfortunately not every item can easily be altered, your options are more expansive than they might initially seem.
Here’s how some of the most common men’s wardrobe items will stand up against alterations for holiday weight gain this season.
Your winter coat or suit jacket is well equipped to handle a few extra pounds from a Thanksgiving binge. Typically, most jackets tend to feature approximately three areas where the fabric can easily be let out to accommodate changes in size. A professional tailor can easily open up two inches in the jacket to create a looser fit. This isn’t possible unless the fabric is there, but as long as you know the jacket has never been let out before, then you should be fine.
There tends to be less wiggle room when it comes to the shoulders and sleeves, though. While the sleeves can be opened up a bit, these small adjustments to the sleeve won’t be able to handle an increase larger than one or two sizes.
Your favorite dress shirt probably won’t be as forgiving as a suit jacket. Fortunately, most men’s shirts are built to handle some fluctuations in size in the stomach area, which can be anywhere from one to three inches. But that doesn’t work if you bought a shirt that fit perfectly to begin with.
Meanwhile, the neck is one of the most common areas affected by weight gain. A professional tailor can attach a new collar to make it easier to button the top button after a long holiday season of enthusiastic eating.
Gain an inch or two around your waist from eating a few too many Christmas cookies? You’re in luck, because men’s dress pants are some of the easiest garments to alter. An alterations specialist can let out the waistband of the dress bands for a more comfortable and less restrictive fit. Don’t fret if there’s not enough available material to let out the waist, as a professional will easily be able to insert a panel of extra fabric to widen the waistband.
Don’t let a few extra pounds ruin your holiday season and make you feel less than excited about your wardrobe. Your clothing can fit once again with the help of professional alterations in Seattle, WA. Stop by Diane’s Alterations & Tailoring today to speak to one of our experts and get started.