Buying clothes that actually fit

  • FRE0

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    Nov 01, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    Recently I was looking over an on-line clothing catalog. Their small sizes are supposed to fit waist sizes 34" to 36", but my waist is 30". At one time, 34" to 36" would have been considered medium. It seems that the obesity epidemic has made it very difficult for many of us to find clothing that fits properly; we are being punished for exercising self-discipline about eating and exercise.

    I really like clothing that fits properly; I see no reason to hide myself under a shirt that fits like a tent. Dress shirts aren't too much of a problem, but finding a snug-fitting pull-over shirt is exceedingly difficult.

    Have others, because of being fit, also had problems finding clothes that fit properly?
  • Kwokpot

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    Nov 01, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    What company is this? 34-36 waist is STILL considered medium, but I would agree many retailers now longer stock smaller sizes, and medium is the smallest size (eg. Costco). but that doesn't mean small has shifted

    There are retailers that have slimmer cuts, such as Banana Republic and Calvin Klein, where I shop most often, but seeing you are an senior not all of the clothes there would be appropriate for you.

    I definately see it being a challenge for older men who are physically fit to find age prpropriate.clothes.

  • fitone

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    Nov 01, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    I'm a senior and I have lots of clothes from banana republic and calvin klein. Not sure what you mean about them not being apporpriate. I wouldn't wear A&F because I think it's overpriced and the fit is too loose.
    I've asked retailers why they don't stock more small sizes, and have been told they're not as popular. If you look at sale racks, they're usually flooded with L and XL, so I think that logic is faulty.
  • metta

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    Nov 01, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    Every brand seems to be a little different. There one small brand that I like that I can't believe how well they fit. I feel like they were tailored for me. icon_wink.gif

    American sizing is dishonest anyways....especially around the waist. They are usually several inches larger than it states.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 01, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    Kwokpot saidWhat company is this? 34-36 waist is STILL considered medium, but I would agree many retailers now longer stock smaller sizes, and medium is the smallest size (eg. Costco). but that doesn't mean small has shifted

    There are retailers that have slimmer cuts, such as Banana Republic and Calvin Klein, where I shop most often, but seeing you are an senior not all of the clothes there would be appropriate for you.

    I definately see it being a challenge for older men who are physically fit to find age prpropriate.clothes.



    You make a good point about being a senior.

    There are practically no senior models. The result is that when I see clothing modeled on young models, I am hesitant to buy it out of concern that it might not look appropriate on me. We seniors often have more money to spend on clothing than younger people, yet we are ignored. If clothing companies had any sense, they would hire a few senior models, including senior models who look fit.
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    Zara tends to sell clothes that are slim in size. I travel to Spain quite a bit and it's nice to buy clothes that actually fit my body (form fitting).
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    rugbyguyfl saidZara tends to sell clothes that are slim in size. I travel to Spain quite a bit and it's nice to buy clothes that actually fit my body (form fitting).



    Zara only sells online in a few countries. Luckily, the U.S. is one of those places, so check out their American site.

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    Nov 01, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    Agreed I wish "athletic fit" clothes were easier to find. I like the way A&F's "muscle fit" stuff fits me but I am too old to be their billboard. I wish someone would make plain t-shirts of similar cut/material that I could wear with or without a casual oxford on top. That and khakis and jeans is my uniform.
  • Import

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    Nov 01, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    I find to have a problem finding pants that fit properly as well.
    I'm tall and lean, I'm just over 6 foot with about a 30 or 31 waist, however when I go for the 31 waist size, the length will be like 32 MAX and thats still too short, so I'll have to settle for a bigger waist so I can get a longer length.

    I just ordered a pair of pants online from Banan Republic that is a 31/34. Thats what I need, yet can NEVER find that size anywhere
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    Iceblink said
    rugbyguyfl saidZara tends to sell clothes that are slim in size. I travel to Spain quite a bit and it's nice to buy clothes that actually fit my body (form fitting).



    Zara only sells online in a few countries. Luckily, the U.S. is one of those places, so check out their American site.



    The pants don't show how long they are. For them to fit me in the waist I'd be tripping on them no doubt.
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    Import saidI find to have a problem finding pants that fit properly as well.
    I'm tall and lean, I'm just over 6 foot with about a 30 or 31 waist, however when I go for the 31 waist size, the length will be like 32 MAX and thats still too short, so I'll have to settle for a bigger waist so I can get a longer length.

    I just ordered a pair of pants online from Banan Republic that is a 31/34. Thats what I need, yet can NEVER find that size anywhere


    w00t they have my size too.
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    So this is why I can never find sm or med when I shop. I thought all the skinny people had already bought it out lol.

    Solution? My 30" waist is gunna get bigger from bulking lol.
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    Nov 01, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile said
    Iceblink said
    rugbyguyfl saidZara tends to sell clothes that are slim in size. I travel to Spain quite a bit and it's nice to buy clothes that actually fit my body (form fitting).



    Zara only sells online in a few countries. Luckily, the U.S. is one of those places, so check out their American site.



    The pants don't show how long they are. For them to fit me in the waist I'd be tripping on them no doubt.


    Pantalones in Spain are mostly made to be tailored at the inseam. Here, that costs about 3 euros but the advantage is that you can pick where you want them to drop exactly and not be stuck with a size in inches like in the States.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 03, 2011 7:46 AM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidSo this is why I can never find sm or med when I shop. I thought all the skinny people had already bought it out lol.

    Solution? My 30" waist is gunna get bigger from bulking lol.


    I intend to keep my 30" waist. It was 31.5" but dropped 1.5", quite unexpectedly, when I changed gymnasia; I changed from the gym for senior citizens ($13 / year with a requested donation of 50 cents per visit) to Defined Fitness, which has more equipment.

    Some guys at the gym have tank tops with arm holes that go down almost to the waist, and others have shirts that have about a 4" vertical strip of cloth down both the front and back. Unfortunately I couldn't wear the later since I have a couple big benign lumps on my back which my insurance won't pay to have removed.

    Although I can find clothing that fits, it requires a lot of shopping time.
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:50 AM GMT
    bonobos.com has great stuff for corporate as well as casual for the post A&F world

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  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 03, 2011 8:53 AM GMT
    Euro clothing runs smaller but waist 28-30 small 32-34 medium 36-38 large in my book.icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 10:04 AM GMT
    Move to South Florida. Fat people hate shopping for clothes here. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 10:56 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMove to South Florida. Fat people hate shopping for clothes here. icon_cool.gif


    You obviously don't go west of I-95...some of the Widest Loads on planet live out there.
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    Nov 03, 2011 11:00 AM GMT
    Bigsmiles said
    paulflexes saidMove to South Florida. Fat people hate shopping for clothes here. icon_cool.gif


    You obviously don't go west of I-95...some of the Widest Loads on planet live out there.
    I work west of I-95. I know better than to hang out in that area.