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HELP: Thin, Small, Asian and in need of a SUIT

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

Im a newb in suit purchasing and am in need of your expertise.

My body measurements are:

Height: 5"7
Chest 37-37.5"
Shoulders 18"
Waist: 30.5"
Weight: 126 lbs
And am quite thin.

I looked at stores and tried on suits such at Sears and Banana Republic. But they all seem to sell suits for men who are quite larger in bone structure. When I tried on their suits none of them are fitted and look odd on my thin body structure.

Are there any reasonably priced suits in CANADA for a thin person like myself?? These suits are for career purposes only.

Name Brands or stores would be greatly appreciated my budget is around 250.00CDN as I m just a student but want to get a high quality suit.

Thanks for any advice.
post #2 of 22
I am quite skinny as well, and most of the time cheap suits fit like crap. The best fitting 'cheap' Off-the-Rack suit I've found is the ones from Zara. They start at $299, but are all wool. BTW, $250 won't buy you anywhere near high quality in Canada (unless you keep a keen eye out on eBay).
post #3 of 22
Take a look at fourinhand.com (the link is at the top of the main SF page). Jonathan, the owner, is a regular poster here. He carries small sizes, and his customer service gets rave reviews.
post #4 of 22
I'm almost identical in size. I searched pretty much every single store that sells suits, from low- to high-end, and only found 2 that even carried 36R. I'd try searching eBay. I just bought a suit of the "Buying and Selling" forum so with patience you may get lucky.
post #5 of 22
If you don't need something quickly, then eBay or the buying/selling forum would be the way to go. Real, top-quality bargains can be had with a little patience. Just pay particular attention to the measurements (NOT the marked size); at your size, even a little error could mean a large difference in fit.
post #6 of 22
What kind of suit are you looking for? I have at least one in ~38S (probably your size), and others may have something or be able to find something.
post #7 of 22
You think he could get away with a 36?
post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jodum5
You think he could get away with a 36?
It depends more on the measurements than the stated size of the suit. For example, a Brooks 36 is going to be much bigger than a Dior Homme 36.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Im looking for a suit just to go to work, I'm hoping to get a job at an accounting firm so I need look presentable. I was going to save up for a top quality navy blue suit.

What name brands should I look for when buying on ebay or on these forums. Should I only go for full canvesed(I think im butchered the word) or half since it may be cheaper?
post #10 of 22
I just read the new Esquire. It's the best dressed issue. There's a guy there who's one of the best dressed real men (not celeb) and he says he used to go to thrift stores for suits (I think he said he got them for $5, maybe $8). He'd then go to a tailor to have it altered. That sounded really good to me. Just check the shoulders and length on the jacket.
post #11 of 22
I don't know what is your price range, but I did notice several 34-38R suits on ebay. Serveral are Isaia suits and a southwick on Carlo Franco's ebay store.

Here are the link to a couple of them:

Southwick from Sartorial Solution (aka Carlo Franco)

Isaia suit at Shop The Finest

Good luck and good shopping.
post #12 of 22
Have you checked out mtm or bespoke? Why get a ill-fitting rtw suit that you will be unhappy with?
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitonbrioni
Have you checked out mtm or bespoke? Why get a ill-fitting rtw suit that you will be unhappy with?
his budget is $250 CDN
post #14 of 22
I am fairly similar in size so from my experience:

If you want a cheap suit Zara can work, they have some fitted suits.

My best luck in RTW is Brooks Brothers Children, size 18 will probably work for you (though I would consider a 16 for pants). It is the same quality as the basic line (BrookEase) so it's a good value for the money especially if you can wait for the 25% off sales twice a year.

Jonathan has some great suits in small sizes highly recommended but I think over your budget.

But a truly well fitting suit only works with MTM.
post #15 of 22
There are fully canvassed suits in Zara..however, at your size I would think the fit i.e. length of the suit and sleeves would be abit long? not sure how small they come but european sizes run pretty low
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