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    I need a suit! help!

    im 24 years old, suits dont fit me . last suit i bought was a 42L hugo boss suit because it was the only brand that had a 42L jacket that had sleeves long enough for my arms. im a slim 6'1" with broad shoulders and a thin 33" waist. Pants aren't the problem (if i can buy seperates), the jacket is!

    Putting the jacket on now, the sleeve lengths are pretty good! the shoulders are a bit small. the jacket is long though, comes to the bottom of my butt - doesn't look right to me. it is super wide as well. i think the chest is too small! the jacket doesn't rest flat on my chest it bows out...i should of never bought it, blame my sister

    i know a bespoke suit is the only thing that will fit me "right" but they are expensive and i dont make enough/have to wear one enough to justify the price. im looking for good enough right now

    what do you think my best bet would be for brands to try on, or does it not matter? i need a suit for two formal events next month and just found out not wearing a jacket isn't going to cut it. i want to spend enough to get a suit people are going to feel and say is "nice", does that make sense?

    thanks!

    #2
    The jacket coming to the bottom of your butt is correct, especially for a suit. The chest is definitely too small if the lapels are bowing out. Get a tape measure and have somebody measure you - shoulder to shoulder, pit to pit, shoulder to wrist, neck to bottom of butt. Come back with those measurements, and we should be able to point you in the right direction.

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      #3
      http://dappered.com/2014/05/what-to-...od-cheap-suit/

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        #4
        Thinking that you have to go the bespoke route to get a good fitting suit isn't accurate - that's why there are tailors.

        You want to find a suit jacket that fits your shoulders, first and foremost, as the shoulders are terribly difficult to adjust. Everything else can be shortened up to fit.

        Try on various brands in various sizes and lengths until you find one that's close. Then, a trip to your tailor is in order. These two Dappered articles should help you:

        http://dappered.com/2010/03/how-your...video-example/

        http://dappered.com/2011/04/how-much...ost-to-tailor/

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          #5
          i guess the next step is to get some measurements....

          and im well aware of the need for a tailor, but at the same time my last jacket was "tailored" and still didn't ever really fit. last tailor i used on my shirt didn't really do it right either. also, when i was looking at a 44-45 suit jacket the tailor told me he would have to re-cut the jacket to get it to fit my sides...to put things in perspective, and it seems like ill need like a 43 for my shoulders. a tailor can only do so much, i think i might need a bit more help.

          thanks for the input though, i really appreciate it!

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            #6
            Originally posted by 2good2be2 View Post
            i want to spend enough to get a suit people are going to feel and say is "nice", does that make sense?
            What exactly does this mean? You need to mention what your budget is at least. All I got from your post was from free to bespoke suit, which is a very big range.

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              #7
              measurements:

              Chest (nipple height) = 43-44
              Shoulder = 19-20
              Neck to bottom of butt = 28
              Shoulder to wrist = 24-25
              Waist right above belly button = 35
              Waist on hips where pants rest at hip bone= 36

              i did these myself but they cant be too far off.

              ....

              as far as price goes, im not sure. lets just aim for under $1000 with tailoring. but i don't want to spend $1000 if i can get something nice for cheaper. a suit for a young professional for special occasions.
              Last edited by 2good2be2; May 14, 2014, 07:13 PM.

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                #8
                Sounds like a size 43 or 44 suit will fit your measurements fine.

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                  #9
                  Go to Brooks Brothers if you want a really nice suit. You might pay a little more, but I'm convinced it is the suit place.

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                    #10
                    ok so i need a 43 or 44 size jacket for my shoulder and chest.

                    but what about my waist? is it reasonable to be able to take in a jacket that much? 4 sizes smaller at the waist? lol

                    and yes i hear brooks brothers has nice stuff, but also not cut very slim so i just don't bother.

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                      #11
                      I have pretty much the exact same measurements as you, except my arms are longer (27 in) ... my friend, go to suitsupply.com, get a Napoli suit in 40L (if your shoulders are 19 in) or 42L (if your shoulders are 20 in). Their suits are designed with slim, broad-shouldered guys in mind. I can tell you from first-hand experience that nothing in BrooksBrothers will fit a skinny guy like you -- even their slimmest cut (Milano) was a tent on me. You don't need to spend anywhere near $1000 to get a suit that fits. As Chris W said, shoulder fit is the most important -- a good tailor can fix pretty much everything else.

                      Suit supply offers free shipping on returns, so you can order both a 40L or a 42L and see what fits you better, than just return the other one. If you want to get a suit in-person, rather than ordering on-line, you can get a decent fitting suit at Macy's for around $300 (it will be fused, rather than full, or half-canvas, but no one besides a real menswear afficionado could tell just by looking at you -- fit trumps all). Macy's offers a couple of different brands that come in suit separates, so you can get a 42L jacket, and say, a 34-waist pair of pants. Try on various suits to see what fits, but from my experience, the Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kenneth Cole are adequate -- Hugo Boss, Hart Schaffner Marx are the same fused quality and way over-priced.

                      Edit/update: I should have mentioned that the JCF Thompson suits in wool are also a great choice for basic suits under $500. They are available in suit separates as well. See many reviews by Joe and other Dappered members on this site about the quality and cut of the Thompson suits.
                      Last edited by baldrage; May 15, 2014, 06:42 AM.

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                        #12
                        An 8-inch drop doesn't seem unreasonable. I would suggest trying BB also, and go for one of their slimmer cuts, like Fitzgerald or Milano. Can you take some pics of your current Hugo Boss suit so we can judge? You could throw them up on the Official How Does It Fit Thread...

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                          #13
                          Well, you should bother, because it's a classic cut and it's unwise to dismiss something just because it doesn't conform to some notion that everything has to be super slim.

                          Originally posted by 2good2be2 View Post
                          ok so i need a 43 or 44 size jacket for my shoulder and chest.

                          but what about my waist? is it reasonable to be able to take in a jacket that much? 4 sizes smaller at the waist? lol

                          and yes i hear brooks brothers has nice stuff, but also not cut very slim so i just don't bother.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                            Well, you should bother, because it's a classic cut and it's unwise to dismiss something just because it doesn't conform to some notion that everything has to be super slim.
                            Somebody posted something very similar lately (man, the mods [@bruschetta;, [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION], [MENTION=2555]tdig[/MENTION], [MENTION=2055]greg_s[/MENTION]] need to sticky a thread about how to use the search function, don't they?), and he also thought that because he was slim, he needed to wear a suit cut very slim, so much that he was wearing a suit that was far too tight around the waist. While I suppose fit is somewhat a matter of opinion, wearing something fuller in the chest - or more "classic", as Duvel likes to say - will add some welcome weight to your frame. Remember, your frame should form a V from your shoulders to your waist. Get something too tight (as many on this forum do), and the jacket's quarters/skirt will flare out past your waist, making it look as though you are wearing a dress.

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                              #15
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