As long as we are talking about retail's prejudice against the obese, how about their prejudice against the slim? It is impossible to find a size 36S jacket, or even a size small shirt / polo / sweater, let alone an XS. 14.5 shirts as well are impossible to find RTW. Jon.
I toyed with starting this thread--glad you stepped up. [rant] 36S is not only difficult to find, but it's rarely even *made* by many firms. I think BB has one Brooksease suit in 36S, JPress is a little bit better (their tropicals are available in 36S, but I couldn't find anything else last fall), but Southwick RTW doesn't go below 38, and many places that stock Southwick at great prices don't carry anything under 40 anyway. And we can just forget about so many of the really great deals at places like McGee, Orvis, Polo, because even if they make a 36S or a small or XS (rare), they're long gone by the time the sales hit. Okay, Polo sometimes has some 36S, but unless you want black or black pinstripe, forget it. Also, the Small/XS/36S/14.5 clothing, when you can find it, seems like little more than a shortened and re-collared 15.5. I'm not exactly emaciated, but I can't count the number of 14.5 shirts that still billowed on me. [/rant] We had a short/slim thread going right around December or January (basically a compilation of places we could get 36S/14.5 or below), but I've been unable to find it in the archives. Does anyone have a link to it? Also, re: the boys' dept. We could shop there (and I have, on occasion), but what about when you want the quality stuff? not too many makers have canvassed or 1/2-cavassed suits for boys, let alone the nicer fabrics. I remember a BB salesman telling me how lucky he thought I was that I could fit into a boys' Brooksease, thereby saving myself upwards of $200 (and, really, he was right in a sense). But what I really wanted was the beautiful gray flannel across the aisle in the mens' department, a suit that came in 38R at the smallest.