Really need some clothes shopping advice

  • NerdLifter

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    Feb 13, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    I recently (since I came out about 1 year ago) started caring about how I look in public, and it's been a furious grab at trying to understand how to shop for clothes for myself: what fits me best, looks best on my frame, etc.

    I really need advice when it comes to Tops and Bottoms (No, not what you are thinking icon_twisted.gif ) IE Shirts and Jeans.

    I was born with a tall and thin frame, granted I've been trying hard to put muscle on that frame. After much trial and error I've finally figured out my optimal jean cut is 30-31x36. Here is where I have major trouble: this size tends to not be stocked in stores NOR manufactured. If I order online from Levi's for example, the length will always stop at x34 until you get to 40+ waist. And if I go to Levi's Big and Tall section, the length *starts* at 30x38, way too long for me. Anyone know where I can find a pair that are somewhere in between?

    As for shirts, as I've said, I have a thin frame. My chest size is 36-37", which is a small to medium; however these shirts are not long enough. If I sit down, they will pull up and expose a good portion of my back; standing up I can feel my body exposed to the elements. Right chest size, not long enough. I tried once again looking online, but I found that the option for a "tall" cut is rare, and when it does exist, it tends to start at Large or bigger cuts. Know a manufacturer that provides these mythical cuts?

    I'm sure plenty of you guys have faced a similar challenges when searching for clothes to buy. Any tips or secretes for this clothes shopping noob?
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    Feb 13, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    You can hem your pants. No idea about the shirts. Just don't wear one.
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    Feb 13, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    i take a 34x36 and every now and then Costco carries that length in jeans...just shop around, i also have a 36 sleeve....nice to see ur concentrating on outward appearance....it also enhances our inner happiness....................and your momma mustve had a helluva time giving birth to you if you were born long and lanky.....icon_wink.gif......Keith
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    Feb 13, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    staple_ saidYou can hem your pants. No idea about the shirts. Just don't wear one.



    ooooo....cool
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Fuck it. Go nude. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    cold saidMy biggest tip is - don't try and fit yourself into numbers like 30''/36'' - one size and fit won't be the same among brands.

    People seem to have this dilemma all the time. If you want nice clothes, you have to try stuff on and sometimes this involves trying a lot on... especially with jeans.

    Don't forget that cotton jeans shrink, even the ones labeled "pre-shrunk," by about an inch in waist and length, to my experience. So don't go too tight in the store dressing room. There's rather an art to knowing how slack you can let the dressing room fit be, so that the final fit is perfect, after the 2nd or 3rd washing & drying at home.

    For suits & tailored slacks I always let an experienced men's store salesperson or tailor guide me. I simply can't entirely tell on my own how the fit looks, a mirror being deceptive. If you want your wardrobe to include some professional or business attire, I would advise going to a true men's store, or a men's department at a nicer department store.
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    Contact Levis with a heart wrenching tale about being unable to find the right size. Do it over the shirts, too. A friend did this and got FREE CLOTHES!!

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    Feb 13, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    The fact that you need tips for shopping tells me that you atleast know what you like. So try stuff on and bring a friend who will give you an honest opinion.