Originally Posted by bsinge50
Thanks for the help, everyone. I tried on a lot of suits today, and 38 seems to always fit me. I was just going to buy one that fit, but it seemed silly because they were more expensive than this one, which is a much nicer suit.
Should I try and exchange it? If it doesn't work, I'm out another $20 for return shipping, possibly $35 if he charges me to ship another one.
A Joseph Abboud at JC Penney fit pretty well, and the measurements, I believe are this:
Chest: 40" (Abboud) 42" (M Valentino)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18" (Abboud) 18.5" (M Valentino)
Sleeves from top of shoulder to end of cuff: 25" (Abboud) 25" (M Valentino)
Length from top of collar to bottom: 32" (Abboud) 32.5" (M Valentino)
Waist: 32" (both)
So the Abboud is a little smaller across the shoulders, and a little shorter. And the chest is 2" smaller, I guess.
Should I just return it and buy one that I know fits better and can try on, or try my luck with ebay again?
Sometimes paying more to look better is the way to go. I hope that statement doesn't cause to much controversy in this forum.
Get rid of it. If you're out twenty dollars, consider it the cost of learning that the way a suit fit matters a lot. You're getting off easy: it cost me several hundred to learn the same thing.
Aren't there any nicer stores in your area? What's your price range? If you're young and just need a suit that fits well and looks a little fashionable, like others have said, Zara and H&M are the way to go (even Banana Republic). It won't last a life time and you won't feel like you're being cradles by angel feathers, but it will give you a beater suit that looks good.