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post #16 of 27


I did find that SS sleeves tend to be long (relative to what you would expect for the chest measurement), but I suspect this is because it is a lot easier to shorten the sleeve than the other way around. 

post #17 of 27
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http://www.jcpenney.com/jf-j-ferrar-stretch-gabardine-suit-separates-super-slim/prod.jump?ppId=ens6003000033&catId=cat100250022&deptId=dept20000014&topDim=Fit&topDimvalue=super+slim&dimCombo=Fit%7C&dimComboVal=super+slim%7C&currentDim=Fit&currentDimVal=super+slim&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0702201317043001M.tif&urlState=/men/shop-clothing/suits-sport-coats/super-slim/_/N-1nopeuZ1z13saz/cat.jump#link_swatchpp5002940670

 

Any opinions on that? Ridiculously cheap. Would sleeves and pants shortened at the very least. But the super slim has me intrigued - may make a good fit in the shoulders and chest. I might try that out as well. Pics will come when I get something in.

post #18 of 27
The price is certainly good, but I thin of you plan on wearing the suit with any regularity it would be better to spend a bit more and get something of better quality. It's a bit concerning that they don't seem to provide information on the material. One thing I'd recommend is buy a second set of pants when you find a suit that works. Since your size is hard to shop for, maximize the life of the suit so you don't have to go through the same process too soon.

In all honesty I have no experience with jc Penney so I can't comment on quality, but for that price construction and material are suspect.
post #19 of 27
As a 5'5 guy myself I know that Suit Supply will be too long for you, both in jacket and sleeve length.
post #20 of 27
Was just reading through this thread-- I really think it would be worth it to wait until you can travel to a place with a store like suitsupply. Not only is it far less fun to order stuff online, you really can't size up or down instantly, trying on a particular suit model in 2 or more sizes to see what looks best. I was in the suitsupply DC store yesterday, I think they had decent size 36 and I think size 34 sections. I think most MTM from them would run about $1100+, however-- could b worth it to stay a weekend and have two suits made.

I don't know what places in the USA are still geared towards serving Asian clientele, but that might be another city/ set of physical stores to pursue?
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by iamacyborg View Post

As a 5'5 guy myself I know that Suit Supply will be too long for you, both in jacket and sleeve length.

My post was much longer up-thread but it said effectively the same thing - and I'm the same height as you.

I have a 34R SuSu Havana at the tailor right now and the sleeves are getting shortened from both ends to make it work. The jacket length is just at the edge of reasonable (says 28.7" on the site, came inat more like 28.5"). I have a longer torso and short legs so it's a weird balancing act of not wanting to accentuate the short legs but also wanting the jacket to cover my ass in back and reach the top of the pant inseam on the front. But enough about me. satisfied.gif

@mrtwilight, the jc penny suit is going to be a short-term fix. It doesn't look especially bad in the pics; the lapels aren't comically small and the shoulders actually seem to be rather soft, which is unexpected at that price point. The fabric is no doubt shit. Stretch gaberdine? WTF is that? It will likely end up shiny on the pants. But if you don't have a suit yet, won't wear one often, and just want to start the process with a cheap thing that will help you understand what you want when you're ready to spend real money on it, then by all means give it a shot.
post #22 of 27

Definitely go with a MTM suit. I'm a shorter person myself at 5'4 110lb. Even if i was to go with the smallest size for man off the rack, the jacket length is always very long, and makes me appear even shorter. I recently purchased a MTM all wool suit from Vulture Suits and am very satisfied with the fit and quality, at about $300 shipped. I promised them i'll be doing a review for them so i'll post my review up soon. But yes, as a shorter man, i'll stick with MTM from now on.

post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by iamacyborg View Post

As a 5'5 guy myself I know that Suit Supply will be too long for you, both in jacket and sleeve length.

 

I think it bears emphasizing that I'm significantly shorter than a 5'5" guy. I'm well built, but have a shorter torso and longer legs, with longer arms. It makes it extremely difficult to find well fitting clothes. Being a grad student, I'm poor, which makes this process even more difficult. 

post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by jcmeyer View Post


My post was much longer up-thread but it said effectively the same thing - and I'm the same height as you.

I have a 34R SuSu Havana at the tailor right now and the sleeves are getting shortened from both ends to make it work. The jacket length is just at the edge of reasonable (says 28.7" on the site, came inat more like 28.5"). I have a longer torso and short legs so it's a weird balancing act of not wanting to accentuate the short legs but also wanting the jacket to cover my ass in back and reach the top of the pant inseam on the front. But enough about me. satisfied.gif

@mrtwilight, the jc penny suit is going to be a short-term fix. It doesn't look especially bad in the pics; the lapels aren't comically small and the shoulders actually seem to be rather soft, which is unexpected at that price point. The fabric is no doubt shit. Stretch gaberdine? WTF is that? It will likely end up shiny on the pants. But if you don't have a suit yet, won't wear one often, and just want to start the process with a cheap thing that will help you understand what you want when you're ready to spend real money on it, then by all means give it a shot.

 

I'm getting a M2M, that much is for sure. The JCP is really a last ditch, no risk shot at getting something that can be altered to a decent fit. If it's $130, I wouldn't mind throwing down $100 to alter it so it's wearable. The shoulders look soft and hopefully super slim means a slightly shorter coat length and higher armholes. 

post #25 of 27
Actually I'm going to amend my previous post -- although made to measure suit supply seems best , they do have sizes on the website unlikely to be in the stores 32 regular 34 regular etc. I would not purchase a JCPenney suit or a $300 made to measure job....
post #26 of 27
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Thanks. 

 

I might give it a try - their 34 napoli looks to fit my chest and shoulders decently well. I'd get the coat and sleeves shortened, and combined with trouser length would probably be about $500 total for the suit. Not bad. I think it would be worth ordering and giving it a try - like you said, it's risk free. Considering the off the rack Zenga I saw at Saks too, since I'd get two for about 675. It'd be pricey. If I just altered one, it'd end up at about 775. 

 

My shoulders are 17.5 inches, my chest is 35, stomach 31, neck 14, arms 31, jacket length 26 or so (maybe 25.5) - if that gives you any idea of my size. It has been extremely difficult. 

 

I've heard people tell me that unless your tailor is very very good, any altered suit will not look as good as the original or as one that is made based on your size.

post #27 of 27

I wouldn't say ANY altered suit, it really depends on how much alteration is needed. If you need something particularly complicated done then of course a skilled tailor is needed, but I think in general we are all assuming that we would be taking this hypothetical suit to a tailor of some experience in the first place. 

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