Originally Posted by OttoSkadelig
while there is a fair amount of variation in your jackets, they do overall seem to me to not be cut to most flattering effect. you have broad shoulders - but as you have pointed out, they don't slope at all; and you also have fairly generous hips. so when you apply a lot of waist suppression, you end up with a very angular, slightly exaggerated hour-glassy silhouette that i'm not sure is doing you a lot of favors.
the top-heavy effect may also be due to the fact that you appear to have normal (vs. really built up) legs, and your jackets all run an inch or two too long for your build (more noticeable on a couple, like the pinstripe DB, but generally true). coupled with the significant waist suppression, this leads to a skirt that flares out and gives you a look that is both top-heavy and hip-heavy.
if i were you, i'd have the jackets cut an inch or two shorter, ease up a bit on the waist suppression, and consider sizing down overall in the jackets (i could be wrong on the last one, but there does seem to be a lot of material in the chest in several.) also consider having the jacket shaped more holistically than just nipping it in at the sides directly at the waist; have your tailor work more around the armhole, play with the darts, etc - rather than just attacking the waist, which is easy but throws off proportion. you'll end up with less of an exaggerated "T" look.
I don't do much to these jackets. I am not making them like this, in none of these pics I posted did I have a waist taken in, on a few it has even been let out. My hips are actually pretty much normal. I am not hippy by any stretch of the imagination. Here is what I look like without a jacket:
Granted, I am not doing the robot, so you can't tell very well, but I don't have big hips.
I should take a picture of me in a jacket that is too big, I still have a couple in the closet.
Originally Posted by someotherstyle
I honostly feel if you gave yourself more room through the front you would look trimmer and less "blocky" than you do now. The problem when the buttons strain the way they do now is that it looks like you're a "big guy" trying to fit into a "skinny suit". You're not the only person that this happens to as well. I'm in no way knocking you or your style either - I think you're a good dude. But maybe try one jacket, let it out through the front until there is no pull on the button, and post it up for comparison. I really do think it would help.
to being a good sport about all this.
There are at least three jackets in this post, that have ample room..to the point that I can pull the jacket forward at the button. The Kuhlman peaked lapel blue blazer, the Freeman's Sporting Club cream suit, the "Golden Polo" that started this crap and even that oxford blue Polo.
The problem is my chest. It alters everything. If I sized up to, let's say a 44, everything would fit on me like a sack. The shoulders would be huge, the length would be even longer, etc. I used to wear clothes like this, way too big. I can't stand that.
Anyway, this did not end up like I anticipated it would. I was hoping he would actually show up, so we could vote and be done with this stupidity. I guess not.