Finding small clothes

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    May 29, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    Okay guys, I figure there are a lot of you out there that can understand this, and might be able to help.

    Since I've lost a bunch of weight, the clothes that I'm looking to wear are a lot smaller, and I'm finding it more and more difficult to actually find them in most stores. I'm now down to a 29" waist for pants, and a lot of stores don't have anything smaller than a 30" and sometimes even 32". Also the shirts that are available in a "small" size tend to be fewer.

    Where do you go for clothes that you can find them for a guys that's actually in shape? After all this work, I don't want to wear baggy clothes again!
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    May 29, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    Haha, I feel your frustration. What I've noticed is that there's an overwhelming surplus of 34s-40's, and 29-32 is fairly sparse. It's worse if I'm looking for pants, since I take a 34 inseam and I would prefer a 36 but that's a pipe dream. On discount/sale racks there's such a wide selection of clothes in larger sizes, but the ones in smaller sizes are typically not my taste (or anyone else's for that matter).

    I have no clue where to find an abundant selection of 29s...I know I rarely see them when I'm browsing.

  • EricLA

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    May 29, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    I have exactly the same problem. I've had a 28" waist a long time, which I can only get from Gap online. I'm able to fit more 29" waist pants now, which I can only get in the styles I like from Banana Republic online.

    Shirts are becoming a problem. I used to fit into small shirts without a problem, but my arms and upper body are getting too big, and yet medium shirts have too much room. I already have to shorten my pants, I hope I'm not looking at having to tailor all of my shirts, too!
  • NursePractiti...

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    May 29, 2009 4:51 AM GMT
    I either have to hit the kids section at ambercrombie and fitch or aeropostle. At least in the states. Anywhere else, I don't know.
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    May 29, 2009 5:00 AM GMT

    This is interesting - up here I've found the largest size in, say, Sears, is 42. Most other places it seems to be 40. Shirts on the other hand go up to xxxl!

    (At 5-10 and 6-1 in height respectively we are hovering around 34 waists.)

    You have to go to a special big and tall shop for greater sizes.

    Most places hover between 27 waist to 36.

    What about the 'teen' sections of department stores, or don't they have them there? Up here they're called that or 'young mens'.

    There's a preponderance of the 'livin' large' dress code
    attitude we see on US TV; so many like to have the crotch about their knees and disappear into their shirts...could that be the trouble?


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    May 29, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    Judging by your sizes mentioned, you could probably find some slimmer stuff at H&M over in Cambridge. Their clothing has lots of slim options as far as width goes and still adult lengths. H&M is affordable so you won't be breaking your wallet getting stuff.
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    May 29, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    You just need to stick it out and hope each time you go shopping. Possibly buy things in the kid sections, but there are several brands that tend to sell smaller clothes than others like H&M
  • tabs25

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    May 29, 2009 6:47 AM GMT
    I have the same problem, I have a 30" waist which is often times a challenge to find. Not only that, but there is a specific cut of jeans that fits me perfectly that I can no longer find. I had 3 pair of low-rise, slim fit, bootcut jeans from american eagle, but they no longer carry that cut at all. I am down to 1 pair from AE and 1 pair from Hollister (which don't fit so great). Shirts are often times a challenge as I am getting a little too big for a small but am still too small for a medium.

    I have found shirts at H&M that fit, I'll buy a Medium and purposely shrink them down 1/2 a size to get them to fit. But everywhere else I end up just buying a small and have to be careful when washing or drying them.
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 29, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
    American clothes are designed to hide the typical American man's faults, Small in the shoulders, wide around the waist. European shirts are designed to enhance the normal male physique, i.e.; wide shoulders, slim waist, and seductive pelvis. Find a hot looking Persian or Euro guy, befriend him, and ask him to take you to his favorite men's clothing store.
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 29, 2009 7:35 AM GMT
    Then back to his place!
  • Aries5452

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    May 29, 2009 7:37 AM GMT
    I get all my clothes at places like saks or other desiginer places, that way they can tailor them to fit you perfectly. Most places like that tailor for free aswell.
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    May 29, 2009 11:52 AM GMT
    The trick is to get age appropriate clothing that size.

    J Crew usually offers pants and shorts starting at waist size 29. Look for their "classic fit" pants which are cut slimmer. And check out their catalogue for the full description of the clothes. Some of their shirts have a tailored fit, others do not. You want the ones with the tailored fit. Never pay full price there though. Watch their website for sales.

    I just ordered a pair of shorts from Lands End with a 29 waist.

    I'm a big fan of Levis 514s (slim straight jeans) although I find I'm a 30 in those.

    For form fitting shirts I like Benetton/Sisley and Club Monaco (if they would ever get out of their black and white phase). Both stores can have some real Euro-trashy stuff but its possible to find some nice things there.

    And find a good tailor.
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    May 29, 2009 1:35 PM GMT
    I agree with Madtown. It's finding the age appropriate clothes. I had another thread where I asked about clothes that didn't make me look like I was 22, as I want to be seen as a sexy 40-something, not a sad middle-aged man trying to look like a skateboarder.

    These are some great suggestions! Thanks guys. Any more?
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    May 29, 2009 2:03 PM GMT
    Hey Ken, I'm in the same boat, so far as needing the sub-30 inch pants. I've found I have to shop often in hopes of hitting the racks when new inventories are in. As a general rule, most stores order proportionally less clothes in smaller sizes, leaving fit, healthy (and gay) men to scramble to compete for a few pairs. It's a sad societal comment that the obscenely wide-waisted have an easier time of shopping than we do, eh?
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    May 29, 2009 3:25 PM GMT

    I've had some good luck at Kohl's at the Meadow Glen Mall. I've gotten some nice dress shirts there. I buy the "fitted" styles. Pants are hit-or-miss for me. I take a 32 so I don't usually have a problem finding something decent.

    You ever get up to Montreal? If you do, check out the department store called Simons, I think it's on Ste. Catherine. They have some really clothes there. The cuts are more European than American, so you should be able to find something that fits. For shirts, I find I have to buy a size larger than here (a large, if I'm medium here).

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    May 29, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    I find chain stores have specific profiles. I have had good luck at the Gap, and some very good luck with the Banana Republic sale rack (but only the sale rack, since I am poor). Eddie Bauer is great for giant lumberjacks, terrible for small people. H&M is a good suggestion. Here is a website I found:

    Unfortunately, it says it hasn't been updated since 2000. But at the end, there's a list of stores that focus specifically on shorter men, which might be worth looking up if they are nearby.
  • Timbales

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    May 29, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    Is there a Marshalls or TJ Maxx near you? They can have a better selection of the uncommon sizes.
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    May 29, 2009 4:15 PM GMT

    Thanks, I haven't shopped at Kohl's in Meadow Glen Mall. It's not that far away, but I don't tend to go in that direction much.

    I've got a lunch break, so I think I'm going to check out the H&M in Downtown Crossing here to see if I can find anything.

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    May 29, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidIs there a Marshalls or TJ Maxx near you? They can have a better selection of the uncommon sizes.

    I went to Filene's Basement and Marshall's yesterday, and those were the places that had nothing under 30 (and little under 32). I was at the Van Heusen outlet this past weekend and they had absolutely nothing under 32.
  • vacyclist

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    May 29, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    Interesting there are so many of us here, I'm another 29 inch waste. It's always a struggle to find something that fits on the rack. We're way out of the mainstream when it comes to clothing sizes, at least here in the good old USA where mainstream = overweight (& beyond overweight). When the stores figure out what to inventory, they look at a bell curve distribution of sizes & only stock a small number on the edges. Fortunately for me, my tastes are relatively simple...if I can find a couple pair of 501 Levis in 29 X 30 every year or so I'm good to go.
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    May 29, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, finding clothes is a bitch, when your waist is 28/29. I refrain from going to boys section. But there are some stores.

    Club Monaco always has something
    Gap and Banana Republic got stuff to but only online if your not happy you can always return to store which saves on the shipping.
    Daffy's is always a hit and miss.
    H&M is pretty good.
    Brooks Brothers carries suits that will fit a guy with a 28/29 waist. Bought two at and outlet store and quality is superb, a little more expensive but last a little longer. One of the few store that lets you pick pant and jacket separatly so you always get a great fit.

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    May 29, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I'm a small guy myself, and I've actually just started getting things tailored, as far as work clothes and stuff I wear that I want to fit especially well.

    But it's really needle in a haystack. I hit up thrift stores now and then since they seem to have a larger proportion of smaller sized clothes. But once again, you have to spend some time searching, but I've found some of my favorite clothes at thrift stores for just a few bucks, and they can quite often be practically new and in very good condition.
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    May 29, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    I have 28.5 waist. i've given up on trying to find 28/29 trousers. I actually wrote the CR department of Bloomies, Saks and Macy's. I got back a nice form letter from Saks and Macy's apologizing, but nothing changed. I usually just purchase a 30 waist and take it to be altered. Sometimes it comes out ok. Sometimes not.

    Medium shirts fit perfectly fine though. Brooks Brothers or Pink work for me

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  • Csrobbie2000

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    May 29, 2009 11:34 PM GMT
    You might want to try Rock & Republic, Diesels, Taverniti or Armanie Exchange for jeans. Granted, they're a bit expensive, but they carry real small sizes, and you only need a few pairs of jeans. I have 27" waist, and I am abe to find jeans at those stores that fit me perfectly.

    As for shirts, check out Zara, Armanie Exchange, Energie, etc. Their clothes are a lot smaller than the majority of American clothing brands.
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    May 29, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    I have the same problem and it's frustrating. My waist is 28", and it's near impossible to find pants that size. Most stores don't even carry them.

    I recently went to one supposedly high-end place that carried virtually nothing below a 34, and most of the sizes were 40, 42. . . really, you gotta be kidding.

    On the other hand: about a year ago I found pants with a waist of 30" -- close enough -- and it was on sale -- marked down from $119.00 to $19.00! I asked why so cheap and the clerk said it was because nobody wore that size anymore -- they just wanted to get rid of it.

    Overweight and out of shape people have taken over the U.S. Two-thirds are overweight, 1/3 severely overweight, and the numbers continue to rise. How many healthy, in-shape people do you see on the street? Almost none.

    They get the clothes and we get whatever's left, which isn't much.