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Are there any suit brands that are normally slim fitting or am I destined to wear one kind of suit a

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jake Volmer, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Jake Volmer

    Jake Volmer Active Member

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    It's often said that a good fitting suit on a man is to a woman what women in lingerie is to a man.

    I don't own very many suits and the suits that I do own, I don't enjoy wearing. I have a very slim build - a shade over 5'9'', 135lbs and a 38'' chest. I lift weights a lot, but I have a frame with very toned musculature, with not much bulk. I've told myself not to lift in such a way where I am one of those shorter guys who walks around the gym with a super wide chest and their arms hanging at their sides like a gorilla. My shoulders are broad and for that reason, I wear a size 36 in a suit jacket and 30 in pants. With the suits I currently own, I feel like the shoulders on the jacket stick out just enough where I feel too boxy, not quite like Frankenstein, but enough to bother me.

    I recently bought a J.Crew Ludlow wool suit in a 36 and it fits really well - the whole fit is quite slim and the jacket is more stream-lined where it fits my build. Beforehand, I had gone to the Nordstrom Rack and tried on suits from Joseph Abboud, Calvin Klein and Ben Sherman but again I had issues with the shoulders. I tend to keep an eye out for sales at Gilt, but 36s are typically difficult to find.

    Forgive me as I am not familiar with suiting, but is this something normal tailoring can take care of or is this a costly adjustment? Or there any suits out there that fit similar to J.Crew's Ludlow? Besides lifting heavier weights, any advice would be appreciated. I just wonder if my closet will be full of Ludlows and not have any variety.
     
  2. Kyle is raaddd

    Kyle is raaddd Active Member

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    If the shoulders fit, and you buy a 36S (if you need it short), I believe it can be altered to fit you however you'd like,.. well, all in the realm of possibility.

    I wanted a slim fit suit, so I went the Indochino route, mainly because I won't be wearing it that often so wear and tear is not a problem, also the price!
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    I also have a jcrew ludlow jacket and was very pleased with the fit after some waist suppression and sleeve tapering.

    Hope my post helps you in any way.
     
  3. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Well-Known Member

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    I think Brooks Brothers' Milano cut would suit (no pun intended) you well. The softer shoulder should keep it from sticking out too much (the reason I didn't suggest RL's Black Label line, a favorite of mine) and the cut is pretty slim. More expensive than J. Crew but probably significantly better quality.

    When looking at Gilt (check RueLaLa, too) keep an eye out for Hickey (not Hickey Freeman), as they made (believe HF dropped the line) very slim fitting suits which, IMO, wear well on shorter guys.

    Finally, there are makers like Suit Supply (no personal experience) and lower end mall stores like H&M and Zara where you will likely find something that fits your build.

    Oh, and as to the lingerie comment, it may be true but don't read too much into it: lingerie is typically way too hard to tear off in the heat of the moment and often leads to more frustration than it's worth.
     
  4. hohneokc

    hohneokc Well-Known Member

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    Check out Paul Betenley suits. They are more of a "modern" cut which fits slimmer than the more traditional cuts.

    Chris
     
  5. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at Club Monaco's Wright and Grant suits. Both are slimmer than your regular 'slim' suits.
     
  6. zinc2162

    zinc2162 Well-Known Member

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    I have a similar body build (5'8", 39" chest), although I am 150lbs (I lift heavy but I am far from looking like a gorilla). I recently tried on the Paul Betenley suits. The suits were either too tight in the chest (38s) or shoulders were too wide (40s) for me but I do agree with Chris that you should give it a try because the suit is pretty good quality for its price. The only thing I didn't like about the suit is the single vent.
     
  7. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    [quote name="Jake Volmer" url="/t/314708/are-there-any-suit-brands-that-are-normally-slim-fitting-or-am-i-destined-to-wear-one-kind-of-suit-all-time#post_5734950

    .  My shoulders are broad and for that reason, I wear a size 36 in a suit jacket and 30 in pants.  With the suits I currently own, I feel like the shoulders on the jacket stick out just enough where I feel too boxy,
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    You have broad shoulders but the suit shoulders are too wide for you?
     
  8. Jake Volmer

    Jake Volmer Active Member

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    That's what a few suit stylists have told me. My chest measurement is 38'' and although a 38 in a suit jacket does fit me, my shoulders are not large enough to cover the area for that particular suit jacket size. The jacket shoulders don't ostensibly jet out, but they do just a smidge enough for it to not look form fitting.
     
  9. Jake Volmer

    Jake Volmer Active Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  10. Jake Volmer

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have not heard of any of those brands and am curious where I would be able to find them. Nordstroms? Macys? or a high end specialty shop?

    Sometimes I'll look on Bluefly.com and see brands like Zegna, Tommmy Hillfiger, Armani or Gucci. Are those slim fitting? Gilt carries a brand called Aspetto but I can't find any user comments about it.
     
  11. Jake Volmer

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    Thanks for the advice. I have not heard of any of those brands and am curious where I would be able to find it. Nordstroms? Macys? or a high end specialty shop?
     
  12. Gorpomon

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    I would suggest looking at ASOS, the suits they sell assume you haven't eaten since the Reagan administration. The prices are reasonable too, but I think that's because the quality of the suit is closer to that of high grade paper than an actual suit. Still though, your look will be of the moment (it's a short but sweet moment) and you won't be out much cash. In clothing you can never be too slim, so cheer up, the suiting world is your oyster and closet full of Ludlow's is hardly a nightmare.
     

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