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6'1, 130 pounds, time to suit up!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NotsoStylish, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. NotsoStylish

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    Hey everybody, I'm in need of a suit by next month, and I don't want to look like an idiot in big baggy suit like I usually do... I'm 6'1 and 130 pounds.. as muscular as can be at my weight, and I don't have a huge amount of money to spend, >$500 is a nono for a poor college student [​IMG] Anyways, I live in the San Francisco bay area, where can I go to find the best looking suit for a rail-thin guy? And yes, I've used search a bit to no great results. And thank you! [​IMG]
     


  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    you should go something with a designer. try a mid level one like theory or john varvatos usa, they do make a decent suit, and the cut is very slim for these two makers. should you be a 36 or 38, they do have a size for you. gilt and other sites had sales that brought their suits down to as low as 200 dollars. go check a bloomingdales too
     


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    Ack, I just measured myself and I'm roughly a size 34 [​IMG] , haha thank you though I will visit Bloomingdales and I really like the look of those theory suits without the $900 price tag

    Anybody else have any suggestions for me? [​IMG]
     


  4. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    You have a 34 chest? I really don't mean this as a joke, but that seems very hard to imagine. I used to be an absolute beanpole at 6'2 and around 150 in my more gangly and awkward years, and even then, I had a 38 inch chest.

    You might want to look into retailers that sell suit separates. I think Brooks Brothers still does, but I'm not 100% sure. Any jacket you buy will no doubt come with pants that are way too short for you. Not to mention sleeves that will be too short for you, which is a slightly more annoying problem.

    Ultimately, no matter what you buy, it will probably need anywhere from $25-100 worth of alterations to fit reasonably well. So factor that into your cost, too.
     


  5. dv_indian

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    Spend $200 to buy beer and junk food. Eat, drink and bulk up a little. Then buy a suit for $100 from a thrift store. With the remaining $200 you can buy text books.
     


  6. NotsoStylish

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    You have a 34 chest? I really don't mean this as a joke, but that seems very hard to imagine. I used to be an absolute beanpole at 6'2 and around 150 in my more gangly and awkward years, and even then, I had a 38 inch chest.

    You might want to look into retailers that sell suit separates. I think Brooks Brothers still does, but I'm not 100% sure. Any jacket you buy will no doubt come with pants that are way too short for you. Not to mention sleeves that will be too short for you, which is a slightly more annoying problem.

    Ultimately, no matter what you buy, it will probably need anywhere from $25-100 worth of alterations to fit reasonably well. So factor that into your cost, too.


    Well I am a skinny beanpole heh, but that's a good point, I doubt they have size 34 suits for my lanky arms and legs...
    I've never had a suit altered or tailored before.. if I buy the suit in pieces somewhere, where can I get it altered to fit perfectly? Sorry, I just have no experience with these things [​IMG]

    dv_indian -- Haha, I try to bulk! but I end up losing weight falling back into old eating habits, but that's a topic for a bodybuilding forum [​IMG]
     


  7. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    Maybe for you at 6'2, but him at 6'0 (or 5'11 +1" heels like me) the reg suits length sleeve all have to be taken up still and the unhemmed pants length is usually long enough, even for cuffs.
     


  8. NotsoStylish

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    Kinda makes me nervous about buying something online though
     


  9. Don Carlos

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    Well I am a skinny beanpole heh, but that's a good point, I doubt they have size 34 suits for my lanky arms and legs...
    I've never had a suit altered or tailored before.. if I buy the suit in pieces somewhere, where can I get it altered to fit perfectly? Sorry, I just have no experience with these things [​IMG]

    dv_indian -- Haha, I try to bulk! but I end up losing weight falling back into old eating habits, but that's a topic for a bodybuilding forum [​IMG]


    A good tailor can work small miracles. But certain feats are beyond the ability of even a miracle worker. These would generally include adding fabric to, or lengthening, anything beyond what "hidden" extra fabric there may be to let out -- which often isn't much. Other near-impossible things would be trimming a suit that is more than a size too big down to your size. Finally, altering the width of the shoulders is extremely hard to do. There are some tailors who can pull off the degree of surgery required, but their services will not come cheap.

    My best advice would be to find a suit that fits perfectly in the shoulders and, one hopes, reasonably well in the chest. That way, the hardest parts to alter don't need to be altered. From there, you can do a lot about the waist of the jacket and the length and width of the pants.
     


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    Kinda makes me nervous about buying something online though
    I would strongly advise against buying online in your situation. You need to go into a store, try stuff on, and figure out a decent starting point in terms of fit and size. Unfortunately, God did not give you the easiest body type in the world to fit into RTW suits. This means that you will absolutely need some trial and error fitting.
     


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    Wait, you smell that?


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    One of the few times I would ever recommend indochino. Theres no way you'll find a 34 chest with long ass arms.
     


  13. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    Spend $200 to buy beer and junk food. Eat, drink and bulk up a little. Then buy a suit for $100 from a thrift store. With the remaining $200 you can buy text books.

    Oh sweet. You can be my financial advisor.
     


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    Spend $200 to buy beer and junk food. Eat, drink and bulk up a little. Then buy a suit for $100 from a thrift store. With the remaining $200 you can buy text books.

    This.

    myke
     


  15. KingOfTheForum

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    I'd suggest checking out ehaberdasher.com, and looking at the benjamin model. It's in your price range and it should be a great buy for you. You'll have to figure out the size for yourself.
     


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