Originally Posted by deputamadre
I tried another store (Franco's at Shortpump) and found a Hickey Freeman that fit me pretty well in 42XL. Shoulders are pretty much perfect, small amount of room in the front. It's $895, charcoal gray with very light blue windowpanes. I may buy it, though I'm going to try Nordstrom Rack this weekend. I guess I'll look for some 42XL's up in Potomac. What type of shoes should I buy? I know black, but style-wise... wingtips?
Laceups only, no slip-ons. Black is a safe bet, and a wingtip would be fine, but I prefer a cap to without a perforated medallion. A very dark brown, or cordovan would be an fashionable alternative to black. You might find some AEs or Feragamos at the Rack. Regarding fit: A suit jacket might fit in the shoulders, but it will show that it is too big when you don't fill out the chest. I believe that is impossible to fix. If the chest is only slightly big, not too obvious (where it doesn't look like you are a little kid dressed up in his dad's suit ), then you might consider purchasing as you will grow into it. It is still a compromise. Beecroft and Bull is nor more expensive than the $895 suit you have described above. They are worth a visit, if nothing less than to cross a very good local shop off your list. There goods are superior to Brooks and the Samuelsohn is the equal of a Hickey-Freeman. If they have a choice of model, try an Austin which is more slim fitting than an Andrew or Como model. The Hickey-Freeman model that is the is the slimest fitting is the Madison. These come in two or three button single-breasted silhouettes. I had seen a few at the Rack very recently. So good luck.