Nicola, that sounds promising. I think that just gave me the energy to visit some stores om Monday - it'd be so nice to find an OTR suit from, say, Belvest that fits nicely. Even if I'd first have to gain 15 pounds.
TiberiasUSA, I'll definitely wait until I've gained some weight back before buying. And man, I wish 5'8" was average here as well - I feel tiny among all the giant vikings here.
Yeah, you're definitely right about the sleeves - they always have to be tailored. Am trying to move onto canvassed suits, so here's hoping I find something without having to go MTM just yet!
Any other 5'8" guys with experience from any of the following brands: Mabro, Canali, Zegna, Caruso, Kiton, Isaia, Belvest and Corneliani? Zegna and Caruso seem to make slightly more modern and slimmer fit from what I've seen, but I'm no expert.