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Best approach to blazers/jackets/suits for a 6' 6" 39XL?

Ahheck01

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Good evening, gentlemen. Thanks again for making this forum what it is.

I've purchased several blazers, sport coats, etc, trying to figure out what my size is. I've tried 38L-42L, and have yet to find what will work. Based on measurements, it looks like my ideal size is actually a 39 Extra Long based on the average of the measurements I see for 38XL and 40XL. Here are what I've found to be my ideal jacket measurements:

Shoulder to shoulder: 18.75"-19"
Chest: 40"
Shoulder to sleeve hem: 26.5"
BOTTOM of collar to bottom of jacket: 33.5-34"

As for waist measurement, I figure I can tailor that appropriately if I can get shoulders & length down. Here's the issue - there is a wealth of Regular and even Long sizes available online at low prices, offering minimal risk, but next to nothing when it comes to jackets close to those measurements. In fact, at any reasonable price, I've only found two currently available on eBay. I don't remember the last time I saw anything close in the B&S forums.

So if you were in my position, on a strict budget, but needing to try some things out to find what looks work for you (never owned a suit, or even a blazer for that matter!), how would you go about doing it?

Thank you!
 

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M2M sounds like your best option.
 

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Wouldn't it make sense to find a jacket that fits me decent, get it tailored to fit how I like it, and then use that existing jacket for MTM measurements? At least that's what I read on the forums. Perhaps I don't have that luxury?
 

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If you can find a jacket that fits decently, then that would be a great idea. But 39 XL is simply not a size one sees often. At all. Your best bet is MTM that guarantees it's fit- indochino will do that, for example. Bespoke would obviously be ideal.

OTR stuff is made to cover average sizes. It's simply not made to cover people who are just way off of the bell curve. Odds are, you're not going to have much luck finding things that even come close.
 

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It also depends on where you are located. For example, if you're anywhere near Boston, you could stop by the Andover Shop and for $750 have someone else worry about your height.
 

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Originally Posted by HPress
It also depends on where you are located. For example, if you're anywhere near Boston, you could stop by the Andover Shop and for $750 have someone else worry about your height.

Unfortunately I have neither that budget nor that proximity. I live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

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Perhaps you can give me about 4 inches of height


While made to measure and bespoke is for everyone who wants to find a good fit (or as near as perfect with bespoke), there are some people that will always need to resort to individual, custom tailoring. I think you already know you are one of these people. I have never even bothered searching for XL length or 39 chest (I am a short slim guy guy), but if it is nearly impossible to find, then save yourself the trouble and get your stuff custom made. I have found the MTM route pleasurable, and some day I hope to experience the bespoke route.

OR you can bulk up and fit into a 40, if I understand correctly that you have found this size is available more commonly.

But I would just save up and get MTM, I am doing this right now myself, seeing how no 38 off the rack fits my slim shoulders. Ah well.
 

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What's your budget? I know Paul Stuart and Phineas Cole make a 40XL.
 

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You might want to look at a Gucci 40L. The sleeves come in at 26"-27" OTR, I kid you not. I bought one and had to cut 3 inches off. But if you don't want to overpay for a brand name, MTM sounds like the answer for you. It's not terribly expensive. Your body measurements aren't part of the fat area under a bell curve, so most OTR won't fit you by a longshot.
 

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