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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, long time lurker first (second) time poster. I like to think I have a decent sense of style when compared to most people out in the real world but you guys make me feel like an absolute child.

 

Anyway, I'm in the market for a navy sport coat that I can wear with chinos (khaki or faded red) and a button down, no tie. Also need some nice brown dress shoes to go with it.

 

My issue is my measurements. I lift a lot so literally nothing fits me OTR. I just have to look for something that's relatively close and get it altered. 

 

Measurements are 5'11" & 55.5" around the shoulders and 33" at the waist. I have long arms as well, I wear a 35/36 sleeve when I'm buying dress shirts.

 

 

As you can imagine it's hard (read: impossible) to find something that fits my shoulders but also fits even remotely close in the waist. I try to find modern/slim fit jackets but I end up having to buy a 46 or 48 for the shoulders and they still make me look fat at the waistline even though I'm pretty lean, and even after I get them taken in.

 

 

Would really appreciate some ideas as far as sport coats/blazers to look at. Brown dress shoes as well. 'preciate it!

post #2 of 14
Budget?

Regarding alterations, I have only ever bought one jacket that didn't need to have the waist taken in. It's a very common, easy, and cheap alteration. Find something that fits you in the shoulders and chest, then tailor the rest.
post #3 of 14

You should give a budget. Otherwise, it will be 'go MTM' as the most usual suggestion.

I assume you are not in the market for that.

Give a shoulder to shoulder measurement. And if that is 55" then you are the largest man on the planet and should be given whatever

you like, gratis.

Chest measurement, too.

Are your arms really that long? How close to your knee does the V in your hand come to? Not sure I trust all the numbers.

I am taller and have long arms and am in that range.

 

Hopefully, I am not wasting my time on a troll posting by Art Vandelet.

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey guys thanks for quick responses. I'm not trolling haha. Budget around 200-300 for the blazer and in the 100 range for the shoes.

The shoulder measurement is circumference. Sorry, didn't realize it was supposed to be shoulder to shoulder. Arms are that long, trust me. Chest measurement I'm not sure of. I'm pretty wide from lifting for so long. About 200 lbs 12% bf. like I said, big but lean so that's why it's hard to find anything that truly fits
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by GeorgeCostanza View Post

Hey guys thanks for quick responses. I'm not trolling haha. Budget around 200-300 for the blazer and in the 100 range for the shoes.
The shoulder measurement is circumference. Sorry, didn't realize it was supposed to be shoulder to shoulder. Arms are that long, trust me. Chest measurement I'm not sure of. I'm pretty wide from lifting for so long. About 200 lbs 12% bf. like I said, big but lean so that's why it's hard to find anything that truly fits

Wait for the Brooks Brothers day after Christmas sale and find something that fits the shoulders and chest. You may need a long size for your arms, but take care that its not too long in the body. Remember most sleeves can be let out by at least an inch.

No shoes worthwhile exist for $100. Decent shoes start at around $300. You can get Allen Edmonds seconds for less, but you won't be able to try them on or otherwise see them before you buy them.
post #6 of 14
Thank god for this thread. It has been a while since the last "I am so unbelievably huge and fit that it is simply impossible to buy clothes" discussion.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
As far as the shoes I'm not TOO concerned about quality, yet, as I'm a college student. I do have some money to throw around but I'd rather get something that looks good now to hold me over until I get a real job when I grad in the spring.

As far as longs, that's normally my issue. The long will fit the arms but look stupid on the torso. However, if I get a 46 jacket I didn't realize the sleeves could be let out an inch. 46 reg kinda sounds like a good idea. You say brooks bros is the way to go?


Edit/

Oh god new forum user hazing by mcbrown. Don't worry brah I understand, very active on a few other forums. It is impossible to find something that fits OTR in my shoulders and waist, that's just a fact. Unless you guys know something I should look into, which is why I posted this thread in the first place. No need to hate brah.
post #8 of 14
Most clothing doesn't fit properly OTR. Finding something that does, for any man, is the exception and not the rule.

I am simply amused by the stream of posters who believe they are such magnificent specimens of masculine form that they are uniquely troubled in this area. Perhaps at 5'11"/200 you actually are.

Or perhaps you just look like this (Manny Banuelos, exactly 5'11"/200):



Either way, 20 minutes of searching and reading would reveal that your solution, like every man in the world with a sub-MTM budget, is to buy OTR and use a tailor.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

Most clothing doesn't fit properly OTR. Finding something that does, for any man, is the exception and not the rule.
I am simply amused by the stream of posters who believe they are such magnificent specimens of masculine form that they are uniquely troubled in this area. Perhaps at 5'11"/200 you actually are.
Or perhaps you just look like this (Manny Banuelos, exactly 5'11"/200):

Either way, 20 minutes of searching and reading would reveal that your solution, like every man in the world with a sub-MTM budget, is to buy OTR and use a tailor.

I understand that. However, jackets can only be taken in so much and because of that even if I buy something to fit the chest and shoulders a lot of the times it still doesn't fit in the waist and doesn't do my style or physique justice. This is why I asked for jacket recommendations. Obviously some are cut with more of a V taper to begin with, so they might be better to look at from the get-go. Understand?

 

For example I tried on a Hugo Boss modern fit jacket in Nordstroms and with slight alterations it would have fit pretty well, but I'm not prepared to drop 600+ with tax on a blazer at this point in my life.

post #10 of 14


Start focusing on strength and endurance rather than size. Go searching for drop-8 or even drop-9 (never seen an OTR drop larger than 8, though I don't live in the USA so YMMV), try on a size 44 or something. Else - go MTM.


or go back to /f/t or shitty reddit and dress casually until you can afford MTM or bespoke.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by UncleCozy View Post



Start focusing on strength and endurance rather than size. Go searching for drop-8 or even drop-9 (never seen an OTR drop larger than 8, though I don't live in the USA so YMMV), try on a size 44 or something. Else - go MTM.


or go back to /f/t or shitty reddit and dress casually until you can afford MTM or bespoke.

 

Never been to reddit or 4chan. Do not want/10.

 

Also don't want to stop training for size. I'm not freakishly large but I certainly stand out. Also what is drop-8/9?

post #12 of 14
A suit drop is the difference in chest size vs waist size.

Higher drop = more athletic silhouette.

Normal is 6-7", sack suits are 4-5", athletic are 8-9".
post #13 of 14
OP still hasn't posted standard measurements as requested by someone earlier... would definitely help us give advice.
post #14 of 14

Sounds like a fellow miscer 

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