If you’ve ever worn a suit long enough, you likely would have noticed that the trousers suffer from significantly more wear than the suit jacket.
Think about it – you wash them more often, they rub against the seat at your desk, and it’s quite possible that you wear them with just a dress shirt (i.e. sans suit jacket) sometimes as well. All this means that your suit trousers are likely to suffer from more wear than your suit jacket – and it’s why you should get an extra pair of trousers when getting a suit made.
An orphaned suit jacket, then, is a suit jacket that you don’t have the trousers to pair with anymore. This could, of course, also be because you lost the trousers or they were damaged beyond repair for some other reason. Either way, it results in the suit jacket being ‘orphaned’, ergo the term ‘orphaned suit jacket’.
What can you do at this point? Can you get another pair of trousers custom-made to match with the suit jacket, or otherwise buy another pair off-the-rack if your suit was purchased off-the-rack? You could certainly try, but you might find that you can’t get access to the same fabric (if getting another pair made by your tailor) or it’s no longer available off-the-rack. The likelihood of getting yourself another pair is certainly higher, then, if you only recently got the suit. If you do manage to get another pair of trousers, you might find that the trousers look ‘newer’ than the suit jacket. This is probably okay, because trousers suffer from more wear anyway – you could proceed to wear the trousers with dress shirts or polo shirts for other occasions until they have suffered from a sufficient amount of wear to be ‘pairable’ with the suit jacket again. With such matters, there’s no hard-and-fast rule – it depends a lot on the particular case (and state) of the clothes.
If you don’t think you can get a new pair of trousers to pair with the suit jacket and are looking to get a new suit, be sure to consider Mister Singh’s Fashion Gallery. We’re a Phuket, Khao Lak and Bangkok tailor with decades of experience in producing high-quality clothing for ladies and gentlemen, all available at affordable prices.
Don’t worry if you live overseas. You can simply send over a couple of well-fitting garments so that we can get your measurements. Said garments will then be returned to you along with your new, custom-tailored suit(s). It’s that simple! Payment can be made via credit/debit card or PayPal.
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