Hopefully, they were correct in their assessment.
Unfortunately (as I've ranted about in the past), a lot of menswear sales assistants seem to think that to fit well, a suit must be one or two sizes too big, so as to give a man some room to move.
Whilst I don't want a skin-tight suit, I don't really understand this idea of needing room to move. A well-fitting suit gives a person room to move because it fits them well, not because it fits them like a sack.
I lost count of the number of times I'd try on a jacket that fit me well and was a really good width across the shoulders, only to be told that I needed to try on the next size to give me some room.
And don't get me started on the number of times that I was told that sleeves should come down to where the thumb joins the hand (yes, really).
So, in short, I hope that the staff who told you that it was a perfect fit were accurate!
It's okay, I won't get you started. Thanks for your comments though. I don't trust assistants either which is why I hate shopping and why I come to this forum to get my information/answers.
Initially, the first assistant put me in a size that was too big and said that was best. I then took it a size down and found that was better.
I wouldn't put much weight in sales assistant opinions on fit -- too many of them are purely self interested, or don't know enough about how it should fit. I mean really, they're just people working a retail job usually -- not necessarily any interest in suits.
I think given Thanasi wants a first time suit places like MJ Bale are a good choice because they have a more modern cut and the prices aren't too bad.
I find most DJs brands to be too boxy (or pricey Zegna, Armani, Canali etc).
I was told that because of my height (6'4"), that MJ Bale, or any other Off-the-rack brand would not suit and would most certainly require alterations. They said the exception was Anthony Squires.