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post #16 of 19
At 5'5", 32" sleeve sounds long, but 30" inseam might also be, and that would be consistent with a short torso. Of course it's possible the sleeve measurement is wrong, and therefore getting measured at, say, Jos. A. Bank is worthwhile.

MTM or bespoke is a bad idea for someone new to style, especially if self-measured.

J. Crew doesn't make real (sized) dress shirts.
post #17 of 19
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Paul Fredrick, T.M. Lewin, and Charles Tyrwhitt are some of the less expensive yet decent brands that have dress shirts in 15/32. All sort of colors and patterns that would be okay for business casual.
As it's Florida, the guess is that "business casual" is more chinos than wool pants. L.L. Bean and Lands' End have some 30/30 pants. J. Crew, Banana Republic, and other mall brands might be worthwhile, if they have local stores. Shades of brown and olive work best for chinos. Navy might be okay. Black is a lousy choice. Avoid cuffs.
"Florida" is still too vague to recommend a local shoe store, and you didn't mention shoe width. It's always best to try on a new shoe style before buying. As they say, Allen Edmonds should look good enough, barring a few ugly models. Florsheim runs cheaper but so does its quality, and its shoes usually look old-fashioned, which not everyone wants.

Ty for the advice, I was actually going to order some Charles Tyrwhitt shirts today because everything is on sale. The only thing is that  the standard for their shirts is a 33 inch sleeve anything else is considered custom and they charge $13 to alter the sleeves. I was thinking that $13 is a lot to change a $40 shirt, or should I think like I'm getting a nice dress shirt for under $60?

 

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You're 5'5" with a 32" sleeve? You may have missed your calling as a UFC fighter. 

 

Apropos of the thread, there are many routes one could take: RTW and then tailoring or simply MTM from the go, neither of which, given the ever-decreasing cost of MTM, is significantly cheaper than the other. My advice would be to focus on the bare essentials and get a strong foundation wardrobe from which you could build a large array of versatile arrangements.

 

Since you want brands.. Shirts:

ModernTailor

Ratio

Charles Tyrwhitt

J.Crew

 

Trousers:

Howard Yount

Bonobos

 

 

Shoes:

Allen Edmonds

Alden

Magnanni (their best line)

Johnston & Murphy (their best line)

 

Brands are really rather irrelevant.. Focus on fit first, as always.

Thank you for answers with brands. I realize that fit is best but I also wanted to buy things that last. It would suck to look at a bunch of brands that fit well but were build poorly because in the end it would be a waste of money.

 

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Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant View Post

At 5'5", 32" sleeve sounds long, but 30" inseam might also be, and that would be consistent with a short torso. Of course it's possible the sleeve measurement is wrong, and therefore getting measured at, say, Jos. A. Bank is worthwhile.
MTM or bespoke is a bad idea for someone new to style, especially if self-measured.
J. Crew doesn't make real (sized) dress shirts.

When I measured my friend helped me with them using the measurement guides from different shirt companies but I guess it couldn.t hurt to get a real tailor to measure me. But I know that my cousin is like 5'9" and if we reach straight up our arms go to about the same height.

post #18 of 19
$13 isn't a high price for that alteration, and since you need something soon and want good quality... Assuming the color and pattern are tasteful, the only problem is if the shirt turns out to be too small anywhere, because the alteration presumably makes it non-returnable. Also, don't buy shirts with French cuffs.
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$13 isn't a high price for that alteration, and since you need something soon and want good quality... Assuming the color and pattern are tasteful, the only problem is if the shirt turns out to be too small anywhere, because the alteration presumably makes it non-returnable. Also, don't buy shirts with French cuffs.

Ye, from what I've read on styleforum button cuffs are alot more versatile and thats what Im looking right now to start my wardrobe. And I'm not in a rush, I don't start my job until April of next year once I graduate.

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