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post #46 of 81
rickrone: Check out Hardwick suits. Made in the USA. $300. (http://www.menssuitseparates.com). Lands' End on sale is another option. As others have said, eBay/pre-owned is also worth looking into—that's how I filled out my wardrobe when I was first starting out and funds were tight.

If there's some flexibility in your budget, Brooks Brother Fitzgerald suits can be had for about $500 a pop during the upcoming 30% corporate event (though you need to buy two to get the deal). Suit Supply is also well regarded for around the same price.

Absolutely don't buy the gray shoes. Also, do some research on your own. All the information you need is already out there and a Google search away.
Edited by ChetB - 5/3/13 at 11:24pm
post #47 of 81
At 5'8" you should be going for 42S, not regular.
post #48 of 81
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Originally Posted by becnal View Post

At 5'8" you should be going for 42S, not regular.

 

I had gotten measured and they said i am a 42R

also my arms a little longer then normal, could that be why i was recommend for a 42R? what height should i be for a 42R

post #49 of 81
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Originally Posted by rickrone View Post

 

I had gotten measured and they said i am a 42R

also my arms a little longer then normal, could that be why i was recommend for a 42R? what height should i be for a 42R

When trying on the jacket, turn your hands in toward the pants at a 45 degree angle - and your fingertips should be able to touch the bottom of the jacket.  My tailor also said that if the jacket is a bit longer from my finger tips (maybe an inch or so) - than that's okay.  Because of my height, I can wear an XL or XLT

 

There are some Internet guides and graphs too through Google.

post #50 of 81
Two button.

Determine the proper measurements and buy used Brooks Brothers, Oxxford, etc on ebay, here or on AAAC. A decent used Oxxford is vastly superior to any suit you can buy on sale for $200. Be patient and find something with the right measurements.

5'8" is going to wear a Short. The sleeve measurement is an easy alteration. Length of the jacket is an impractical alteration and that is where your problem will be. A too long jacket does not make you look taller. It makes you look like you are wearing a poorly fitting jacket.
post #51 of 81
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

When trying on the jacket, turn your hands in toward the pants at a 45 degree angle - and your fingertips should be able to touch the bottom of the jacket. .....

...depends on the length of your arms and torso/legs proportion. That's a common simplification. I've got long arms and legs; my fingertips don't touch the bottom of my jacket...not even close. My arms are rarely straight at my side, so it doesn't matter.

post #52 of 81
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Originally Posted by rickrone View Post

I had gotten measured and they said i am a 42R
also my arms a little longer then normal, could that be why i was recommend for a 42R? what height should i be for a 42R

The typical salesperson is less than competent, and the typical American wears clothes that are way too big / long for his body. At 5'8", you should be wearing a short suit size.
post #53 of 81
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

5'8" is going to wear a Short. The sleeve measurement is an easy alteration. Length of the jacket is an impractical alteration and that is where your problem will be. A too long jacket does not make you look taller. It makes you look like you are wearing a poorly fitting jacket.

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post #54 of 81
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man, I have been buying the wrong suit size for years now. I went to millinia mall and tried on jackets. you are absolutely right. even some size 40 fits me too. i like slim suits and in my collection of 42R i have a lot of perry ellis, kenneth cole reaction, and alfani red. I got all these suits on sale for around $100 - $150 do i just throw these suits away since i should be wearing a 42S?
post #55 of 81

Slim fit?  5'8", neck 16.5, weight 200 pounds is not slim.  You are the perfect build for Jos Bank Signature suits.  Keep in mind that as far as jacket length is concerned you have two issues:  how does the length look compared to your arms at your sides and how much of your butt does it cover?  Most places will have short sizes for those who are 5'7" or under.  Since you are only one inch taller you could probably wear short or regular - since suits are cut differently it would vary depending on the make of the suit.

 

Shoes should be black or burgundy, though black is probably a better choice if you only have one pair.  I just bought a pair of Rockport shoes and Bostonian shoes through Macy's at awesome prices (on sale and used 25% promo code).  Also bought a pair of Cole Haan shoes through Hauser Shoes at 35% off list.  Make sure you know your size, not just length but as important the width.  I am EE though can deal with E if I really like the shoe.  Not every size is available.  For example, you might have a shoe that has medium only up to a certain size, then for wide it's EEE only. 
 

post #56 of 81

I'd say buy a used suit from a reputable brand on eBay, Etsy, or thrift store. Here and AAAC are good places to look as well.

Maybe one from this list? http://putthison.com/post/1454913425/a-loosey-goosey-brand-guide-for-thrifting-suits

 

A new suit under $200 isn't worth it, IMO.

 

And as for 42S vs 42R vs 40, just buy whatever fits right. Since you're not very tall, you'll have less room for error for the jacket length. I prefer my jacket to cover my rear, nothing more, nothing less. I've worn 37, 36, 38s, 38r that all fit me well. Find what works for you, don't just look at the tagged size.

 

Also, black AE cap toes are a great place to start! You could also try finding something used if you're comfortable with that.

post #57 of 81
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Originally Posted by rickrone View Post

man, I have been buying the wrong suit size for years now. I went to millinia mall and tried on jackets. you are absolutely right. even some size 40 fits me too. i like slim suits and in my collection of 42R i have a lot of perry ellis, kenneth cole reaction, and alfani red. I got all these suits on sale for around $100 - $150 do i just throw these suits away since i should be wearing a 42S?

Throw them away?! If they truly don't fit well, drop 'em off at a local Goodwill or Salvation army or you could even try selling them for real cheap. Or even give them away to someone you know with similar size body. No reason to throw out whole suits.

post #58 of 81
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Originally Posted by cataan View Post

Slim fit?  5'8", neck 16.5, weight 200 pounds is not slim.  You are the perfect build for Jos Bank Signature suits.  Keep in mind that as far as jacket length is concerned you have two issues:  how does the length look compared to your arms at your sides and how much of your butt does it cover?  Most places will have short sizes for those who are 5'7" or under.  Since you are only one inch taller you could probably wear short or regular - since suits are cut differently it would vary depending on the make of the suit.

 

Shoes should be black or burgundy, though black is probably a better choice if you only have one pair.  I just bought a pair of Rockport shoes and Bostonian shoes through Macy's at awesome prices (on sale and used 25% promo code).  Also bought a pair of Cole Haan shoes through Hauser Shoes at 35% off list.  Make sure you know your size, not just length but as important the width.  I am EE though can deal with E if I really like the shoe.  Not every size is available.  For example, you might have a shoe that has medium only up to a certain size, then for wide it's EEE only. 
 

 

i am 5'8" without shoes. regular size suits are to baggy for me. slim fit works for me best and i like how it fits. i can close both buttons and still have room. regular size pants bottom opening swallows my shoes. a more tapered fit is my preference. I am a little fatter now, but now super fat. I have a 42 chest and my belly comes out a little. i can no longer see my 6 pack, lol.
post #59 of 81

You probably know this but just to make sure -- never button both buttons of a two-button suit.  Button the top one when when standing/walking; leave both unbuttoned when sitting.  For alterations to the pants, get cuffs and a medium break rather than a full break (full break will swallow your shoes and looks weird if you are not tall).  It could be that previously you had full breaks on your pants since some tailors do that standard.

 

I recently purchase tailored fit (between slim and regular) Jos Bank Signature suit separates for $177.  I'm a 37.5S and used to get 38S but went with 37S and it fits really well, like a slim fit but doesn't constrain my shoulders.  Unfortunately, Banks slim fit suits are made with lower end wool so I wouldn't touch them -- I prefer 110 count or higher.
 

post #60 of 81
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Originally Posted by cataan View Post

You probably know this but just to make sure -- never button both buttons of a two-button suit.  Button the top one when when standing/walking; leave both unbuttoned when sitting.  For alterations to the pants, get cuffs and a medium break rather than a full break (full break will swallow your shoes and looks weird if you are not tall).  It could be that previously you had full breaks on your pants since some tailors do that standard.

 

I recently purchase tailored fit (between slim and regular) Jos Bank Signature suit separates for $177.  I'm a 37.5S and used to get 38S but went with 37S and it fits really well, like a slim fit but doesn't constrain my shoulders.  Unfortunately, Banks slim fit suits are made with lower end wool so I wouldn't touch them -- I prefer 110 count or higher.
 

yes i know that, thank you. how about no break in the pants, and show off my socks a little.  did you get it tailored from jos bank? how much was it?

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