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  1. digilypse

    digilypse Member

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    I'd take the drive and try on a size smaller. Call ahead, of course.
    I don't think Brooks has anything smaller than 36S though. At least their size guide on their website stops at 36. I'm not aware of anywhere else that carries 34 or 35 either. Still wouldn't hurt to drop by and see what they have to say anyway though.
     


  2. Makeshift_Robot

    Makeshift_Robot Senior member

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    The problem is that I'm 5'6, skinny (35 chest) and the 36S doesn't seem to be fitting very well. The sleeves are obviously too long and fits huge around the body, but I assume that those can be helped with tailoring. The most concerning problems are the length and shoulders.

    Buy Thick As Thieves (MTM); H&M and Zara have 34s for most of their stuff. If you have a thousand to throw around, try on some Dior suiting; it runs quite slim.
     


  3. onix

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    I don't think Brooks has anything smaller than 36S though. At least their size guide on their website stops at 36. I'm not aware of anywhere else that carries 34 or 35 either. Still wouldn't hurt to drop by and see what they have to say anyway though.

    They will not have anything less than a 36S. And even for 36S, only some few stores carry them. I am also your size, and my experience is that it's very hard to find good fitting clothes. bespoke/MTM is pretty much the only reliable option(*).



    (*) Some mall brands with fashion forward cuts may have things that fit, but quality is so low that I would never drop any $$ on them.
     


  4. digilypse

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone, they're all very much appreciated!

    H&M xs usually fits me perfectly but then falls apart after less than year. It's an option but I was hoping for something a little nicer. TaT I'm also open to but no returns scare me, especially since I'm new to suits. The quality of online MTM just seems unreliable, I guess. I'll see if anywhere nearby has Dior I could try though.

    I just noticed that Brooks and Hickey Freeman both have MTM services, would that be a good way to go? Are there other brands with MTM with a similar price point/value? I had looked at Zegna briefly but that seemed a bit more expensive than I was thinking.
     


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    You know my answer.

    Ok, which suede shoes ? You think dark brown captoe oxfords would look fine ?
     


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  7. NOBD

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    Ok, which suede shoes ? You think dark brown captoe oxfords would look fine ?

    Yes, great.
     


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    Can you guys suggest some nice brow suede shoes with a rubber sole that I can wear casually with jean and a button down.

    Bonus points if is or comes narrow.

    Thanks.


    I have (and love) these suede wingtips from J.Crew. Dainite sole, $158.

    They are probably my go-to brown suede shoe, and for $158 you don't have to worry about messing them up.

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  9. bleachboy

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    What is a "sack suit"

    No darts on the front.
     


  10. kgmessier

    kgmessier Senior member

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    No darts on the front.
    A more detailed definition from a fashionising.com column: What is a sack suit? The name gives it away. A sack suit is a largely unshaped cut of suit. Though not literally like a sack, it features the same natural shoulders of the drape cut, but is devoid of any front darting. The front darting results in a suit that is hard to marry with the hourglass or V shaped cut preferred by most men. And despite being a classic, a quick check of my Mad Men DVDs reveals that the sack suit has even been abandoned by Don Draper for a drape cut come season two of the series. Of course, in saying that it's hard to marry the sack suit with a style preferred by the modern gent, I need to also point out that it's not impossible given some clever tailoring. The pictures Ralph Lauren have released (top and bottom) would indicate that they may have achieved just this, but there's nothing to say that they simply haven't pegged the suits and sportscoats to imply a slender cut in their look book; aficionados of the Ralph Lauren labels will know that this is common in both Blue Label and Purple Label look books. As for their explanation of the styling, for their Autumn / Fall 2010 collection Polo Ralph Lauren are keeping the undarted front but updating the overall cut from the classic:
    The new sack suit "does away with darts and shoulder construction, but it's shorter length and two buttons keep it current."
    It's likely that, in keeping with their American styling, the suits and sportscoats in the sack cut will also feature a single vent at the rear, as opposed to the double, British style venting also found in men's tailoring.
     


  11. onix

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    Where can I find wool dress socks in dark purple?
     


  12. Yika

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    Where can I find wool dress socks in dark purple?
    Viccel have purple (wool) and lilac (cotton). Not sure if its dark enough for you.
     


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    Viccel have purple (wool) and lilac (cotton). Not sure if its dark enough for you.

    Great. They seem to be better than what I have found so far. Thanks.
     


  14. Yika

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    Best suit 300-500 = ?

    RLBL from B&S if your in a common size/have the patient.
     


  15. Yika

    Yika Senior member

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    I've never had a proper suit before and needed one for interviews, so I ordered a BB Fitzgerald which arrived today. The problem is that I'm 5'6, skinny (35 chest) and the 36S doesn't seem to be fitting very well. The sleeves are obviously too long and fits huge around the body, but I assume that those can be helped with tailoring. The most concerning problems are the length and shoulders. So my question is, can this suit be saved with tailoring, or is it a lost cause like I think it is? If it's hopeless, what's my next step? I'm not keen on ordering MTM over the internet if I can avoid it, nor do I want to drop 4k on bespoke just to get an interview suit. Something around 1k would be ideal.
    If the shoulder fits well, the rest can be helped with tailoring. However, A 36S seem to be a bit big for 5'6. I cannot tell if the suit is too long from the picture.
     


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