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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have the hardest time finding good quality/style clothes that fit well. I mostly wear Boys 16-18 but have bought a few xs in adult and I'm wondering if they are still to big?

Also can anyone recommend any good brands of children clothes? So far I've found Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Joseph abboud to be the best.

In the pictures I have on a xs Banana Republic silk/cashmere sweater and Zara charcoal dress pants but I'm not sure if they fit well.



post #2 of 16
I wouldn't say it's too big, it is borderline but still looks nice on you.
post #3 of 16
Yeah, it doesn't look too bad. A lot of stores have wonky sizing. I have an H&M sweater that is supposedly a medium, yet has very long sleeves. You might need to start getting your clothes tailored.

It would also help to know your measurements. At least it would give us an idea on whether you need to be wearing children sizes or not.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bowtielover View Post
I wouldn't say it's too big, it is borderline but still looks nice on you.

Thank you.

I'm 5'5'' 120 lbs, if my measurements are correct my chest is about 34'' and my waist is 28''.
post #5 of 16
pants are too big and shirt is a little baggy, but not as bad as the pants. If you can find kids stuff, go for it. If you can swing it, go for some Dior Homme stuff. I'm a small guy too, and the DH stuff fits me.
post #6 of 16
The sweater is a little big near the waist but thats perfectly fine unless you want to go for the slimmer look. The only issue is that the durability might be a little lower for boys(albiet also less expensive).
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by oneeightyseven View Post
pants are too big and shirt is a little baggy
The pants are fine, and we haven't actually seen the shirt.
post #8 of 16
I actually found some nice fitting sweaters at target, you might wanna check that out. i'm about 115 and 5'7", so i know the feeling.
post #9 of 16
I'm 5'6-7 at 120 lbs. Much like you, my options are limited, but no to the extent that I have to wear Boy-sized clothes. For the most part MTM would be the best option. Here are some mainstream adult brands that carry sizes which will fit you (namely 36S suits, 28W pants, and XS items): Khakis - J. Crew urban slim fit - RL Rugby university chinos Suits, jackets, and slacks - Zara - H&M - Club Monaco - RL Black Label - Theory - Band of Outsiders Sweaters - J. Crew XS Denim - APC
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by MrNick View Post
I'm 5'5'' 120 lbs, if my measurements are correct my chest is about 34'' and my waist is 28''.

I'm about the same size as you (in-fact a bit smaller); unfortunately boys sizes or made-to-measure (or bespoke if you can afford it) are the only options in most cases.

Adults sizes in sweaters or trousers can be fine, and they seem to fit pretty well in your picture, but I find that shirts and coats/jackets are always too big. Shirts especially are very blousy around the waist, and the cuffs are often huge (though that can be addressed by moving the button).
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by oneeightyseven View Post
pants are too big and shirt is a little baggy, but not as bad as the pants. If you can find kids stuff, go for it. If you can swing it, go for some Dior Homme stuff. I'm a small guy too, and the DH stuff fits me.

+1

Everything looks too big, if you can fit into it buy RL kids. I buy sweaters from them and they fit great. Definitely agree on the Dior Homme, I've started buying basically all my clothes from them because the fit is so slim. If you don't mind the fit of the sweater in your pic then you will think dior homme is too tight though.
post #12 of 16
I thought this thread was going to be about dressing up in women's clothing.
post #13 of 16
For slim fitting shirts, you might try Hickey Freeman boy's dress shirts. They retail for $110 but can be normally found for $46 (on sale) at Hickey Freeman's web site and $30-$40 at the Sierra Trading Post web site.

Pros:
1. The shoulders are wider than most children's wear, suitable for men.
2. The sleeves are set high.
3. The sleeves and wrists are very slender.
4. Quality is good (but not great).

Cons:
1. The chest pocket is undersized and oddly placed. [Best to remove it.]
2. The body is a straight fit, with no taper from the chest to the waist.
3. Length is excellent for short men, but may be too short for most men.

Here are measurements from a boy's size 18:
Neck - 14-1/2"
Sleeve length from mid neck to cuff - 32"
Sleeve length from shoulder seam to cuff - 23"
Chest (pit-to-pit) - 20" (x2)
Waist - 19-3/4" (x2)
Shoulders - 18"
Cuffs - 7-5/8"
Total length (rear top of collar to shirt tail) - 30"
post #14 of 16

Hey Nick

 

sorry to post on an old post, but I was wondering if you have the measurements for the Polo Ralph Lauren 16-18 Polos that you wear. I also find it very difficult to find stuff that fits right. I usually take XS sizes, but I obviously cant find that size in Ralph Polos. I'm usually a 34" chest and wondered if you could possibly share the measurement of the 16-18 polo as I can't find the measurements anywhere.

 

Thanks

 

MP
 

post #15 of 16

The sweater doesn't look too bad but the pants are so bag that they almost look a little sloppy. If I were you I'd shop in the mens department but I'd try on lots of different styles as within the same brand there is sometimes a huge difference between sizing of different styles. You could also look at ordering bespoke pieces.

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