Are CustomSuits the only Option?

  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 07, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    Okay Guys,
    I'm counting on the fashionistas to help me out on this one. As I get closer to my goal weight, I am starting to actually think about getting some nice closes. It much easier now to find, and try on, clothes now. But I'm already finding it impossible to find a suit off the rack. I even went to the European Designers shops, but with no luck.

    I remember having the same problem when I was younger, the drop from my coat and pant size is greater than even "Athletic" or "European" cut suits. I am currently a 46 chest and 33 waist. I will probably lose another inch or to on the waist, but will still be 46, maybe 44 chest, once I get to my final size. I am finding that the smallest waist size on the pants for a 44 suit is 38, way to big for tailoring. I haven't found any separates that look good (a bit to grandpa looking.)

    When I was in high school I traveled to Korea, and while there, got a custom suit, since I'd been told that they were great values over there. Since, a return trip to Asia is not in the offing any time soon, any suggestions? If custom made is the only option, where does a one go if your a cheap skate, like me. icon_cool.gif

    Thanks for any and all suggestions. I really need something dressier than sport coats and slacks.
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    Oct 07, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    The men's department at a quality department store should be able to help. I just bought a new suit at Nordstrom, and the salesperson never once asked me my size - he selected what would fit me and away I went. Never before have I had a suit fit me so well or be so comfortable.
  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 07, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    COJock1974 saidThe men's department at a quality department store should be able to help. I just bought a new suit at Nordstrom, and the salesperson never once asked me my size - he selected what would fit me and away I went. Never before have I had a suit fit me so well or be so comfortable.


    Nordstrom, Saks, Macy's, none had off the rack 44 or 46 suits with 33 wasted pants, every sales associate suggested customer made, whether during a trunk event, or from a custom Tailor. If you know of a 44 Suit with 32 pants @ Nordstroms, I'd love to know about it.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 07, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Try being 5'5" and having a 28" waist! There's a good short man store in Beverly Hills to but a suit, but I don't need suits and their other clothes skew much older. I miss the days when Gap and Banana carried 28"x28" pants in their stores, now I can only order them online. And I'm conflicted, because I'd like to pursue the goal of getting a bit slimmer to show my abs better. It probably won't take much, but I worry a 28" waist will be too big for me. I don't want to have to shop at Gap Kids!!! And I don't want to have to bring on my clothes to a tailor to get taken in to fit me.

    Anyway, I feel your pain.
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    Oct 07, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    EricLA saidTry being 5'5" and having a 28" waist! There's a good short man store in Beverly Hills to but a suit, but I don't need suits and their other clothes skew much older. I miss the days when Gap and Banana carried 28"x28" pants in their stores, now I can only order them online. And I'm conflicted, because I'd like to pursue the goal of getting a bit slimmer to show my abs better. It probably won't take much, but I worry a 28" waist will be too big for me. I don't want to have to shop at Gap Kids!!! And I don't want to have to bring on my clothes to a tailor to get taken in to fit me.

    Anyway, I feel your pain.


    same here man, im 5'6'' with about a 28"-30" depending on the brand jeans. but i have to tailor everything because the length is too long. it suuuuuuuuuuuuuucks.
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    Oct 07, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    Look for "Athletic Cut" Suits. They have a bigger drop. Those should work for you.

    I bought a new suit at Nordstrom's years ago...and they had to alter the pants drastically.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 07, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said
    EricLA saidTry being 5'5" and having a 28" waist!
    Anyway, I feel your pain.


    Just go in to work in your shorts. Why hide that fantastic body to begin with? icon_smile.gif


    Haha, I would work in my shorts if I could, TRUST me!! At least I can usually find those in 28" waist! And thanks so much for the compliment, too kind.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 07, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    cantgetagoodsn said
    EricLA saidTry being 5'5" and having a 28" waist! There's a good short man store in Beverly Hills to but a suit, but I don't need suits and their other clothes skew much older. I miss the days when Gap and Banana carried 28"x28" pants in their stores, now I can only order them online. And I'm conflicted, because I'd like to pursue the goal of getting a bit slimmer to show my abs better. It probably won't take much, but I worry a 28" waist will be too big for me. I don't want to have to shop at Gap Kids!!! And I don't want to have to bring on my clothes to a tailor to get taken in to fit me.

    Anyway, I feel your pain.


    same here man, im 5'6'' with about a 28"-30" depending on the brand jeans. but i have to tailor everything because the length is too long. it suuuuuuuuuuuuuucks.


    Yeah, at least it's easier taking in the length than the width, but have to do that frequently too.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 07, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Since you're having trouble with a tailor taking in your pants that far, have you considered buying the suit pieces separately? Many department stores will allow you to buy the jacket and pants separately...

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    Oct 07, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    Try a locally-owned quality men's clothing store, rather than chains. I also have a mismatch between the jacket and trouser sizes commonly available.

    I try on a jacket that fits, then they order pants to fit if they don't have them. Or a complete suit. I rarely have to buy a basted or custom-made suit, since my torso fits very nicely into certain cuts without major alteration.

    Though not a high-end company, it happens that the cut of a Hart-Shaftner-Marx does me very well. Just like the last of an Allen-Edmunds shoe fits my foot better than anything else.

    Shop around; when you find your fit, you'll know it.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 07, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    You will never be able to just pick out a suit without it needing to be tailored

    ... American suits are made for the Avg American man
    42 Reg jacket is paired with a 36 waist pant

    also there is the length to take into account ... reg or long

    the shoulders.... guys who work out are broader in the shoulders and narrower in the waist
    When I find a suit jacket that fits my shoulders I look like I'm 300lbs
    because the torso section of the jacket is so wide

    For Off the rack suits find a suit that fits you best in the shoulders and sleeves .... the rest can be tailored down
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    Oct 07, 2008 8:46 PM GMT
    GQ deserves his name ...

    I'd add that we ALL need to have a little tailoring when we buy off the rack if we want a GREAT fit. And fit is king. This is beyond cuffs and waist - it's sleeve length and shoulder drop and the way the coat holds you and how the fabric "drapes" off your body.

    Almost more basic than the fit of the suit, though, is the fit of the shirt, which is a trick for many guys, especially ones with worked out torsos and arms. You're in Atlanta, so check around for a custom shirtmaker for your dress shirts. Custom begins around $75, believe it or not, less than many off-the-shelf dress shirts.

    A really good tailor should actually be able to take a 38 pant down to a 33. But also look for a newer trend in menswear: suit separates. You can buy a jacket in your basic size, and trousers that are smaller or larger than usually accompany that jacket. Again, in a metro area, you should be able to find a number of places carrying them. (Actually, even Banana Republic sells suits as separates, I believe.)

    Last shot - in Atlanta you should check with your high end stores (Saks, Barney's, etc) to see if the men's dept does "trunk shows" - these are events where they bring in samples of the new suits, topcoats, etc and you can order something made to fit. Can be a great way to acquire elegant threads - though not at a discount!
    Tom
  • shyguysport

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    Oct 07, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Buy the suit that you like the best - the one for which top fits u best and u like the most. It is not all that uncommon for a good tailor to have to "re-cut" the pants. This can get pretty expensive, but still be far less that a custom suit. If the guy does the work right u should have a perfectly fitting suit. Saks, Nordys and other places in south coast plaza(Newport Beac) do this all the time.