I have 23" thighs, and measured 37" waist although my BR jeans are 33" and are even loose fitting (not sure how jeans are really measured). I have decided to splurge on a few off-the-rack suits and went to C21 in Manhattan the past few days to try some on. My existing suits are all tailored and fit absolutely perfect even after 5-6 years. I bought a Cerutti 1881 suit that was really nice and brought it to a very good (probably the best) tailor in NYC while wearing my tailor suit and basically asked him to alter it according to how the tailor suit fits. He said the seat is too tight as I have relatively thick thighs which cause the pockets to bulge out and that cannot be fixed. Furthermore, the waist was a bit loose and would have to be brought in which would further exacerbate the bulging issue. The suit is a 42R (jacket fit perfectly) with accompanying pants. Obviously off the rack suits cannot be mixed and matched (going with a 44R pants with 42R jacket) so I decided to try on a bunch of other suits at C21. I tried everything from varvatos, boss, versace, sand, CK and about 4-5 others that I can't remember and they were all too tight in the seat area. I'm a bit discouraged as there are some really nice suits off the rack that can be had and coupled with a good tailor to alter them, I believe I will be able to get a close fit even to my tailor suits. A few of the salespeople advised me to go to 44R but the jackets looks absolutely ridiculous and boxy - a look I can't stand and I doubt my tailor would even go about performing whatever major surgery that would be required to have it fit properly. Even so, a major surgery like that would probably cost so much that I might as well just get them all tailored. Am I forever stuck with tailored suits? I don't mind it tight in the seat but I cannot have the pockets bulge out. Maybe a slight bulging of 1/2" would be ok, what do you think? Perhaps I should try elsewhere other than C21 - I only tried there because they do have a decent selection at one location. My tailor did also suggest that the suits I was trying might be slim fitting ones and that my seat requires at least 1 pleat which would free up the seat area and he would be able to go about his work on them. Any thoughts or recommendations? I'm really hoping to pick up 4-5 suits for business and casual use at decent prices $500-1200 each with an extra $200-300 on alterations each. I'm located in Manhattan. Thanks in advance.