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HELP: Thin, Small, Asian and in need of a SUIT

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheProfessor, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. TheProfessor

    TheProfessor Active Member

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    Hi guys,

    Im a newb in suit purchasing and am in need of your expertise.

    My body measurements are:

    Height: 5"7
    Chest 37-37.5"
    Shoulders 18"
    Waist: 30.5"
    Weight: 126 lbs
    And am quite thin.

    I looked at stores and tried on suits such at Sears and Banana Republic. But they all seem to sell suits for men who are quite larger in bone structure. When I tried on their suits none of them are fitted and look odd on my thin body structure.

    Are there any reasonably priced suits in CANADA for a thin person like myself?? These suits are for career purposes only.

    Name Brands or stores would be greatly appreciated my budget is around 250.00CDN as I m just a student but want to get a high quality suit.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. sonick

    sonick Senior member

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    I am quite skinny as well, and most of the time cheap suits fit like crap.

    The best fitting 'cheap' Off-the-Rack suit I've found is the ones from Zara. They start at $299, but are all wool.

    BTW, $250 won't buy you anywhere near high quality in Canada (unless you keep a keen eye out on eBay).
     
  3. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    Take a look at fourinhand.com (the link is at the top of the main SF page). Jonathan, the owner, is a regular poster here. He carries small sizes, and his customer service gets rave reviews.
     
  4. CoryB

    CoryB Senior member

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    I'm almost identical in size. I searched pretty much every single store that sells suits, from low- to high-end, and only found 2 that even carried 36R. I'd try searching eBay. I just bought a suit of the "Buying and Selling" forum so with patience you may get lucky.
     
  5. Teacher

    Teacher Senior member

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    If you don't need something quickly, then eBay or the buying/selling forum would be the way to go. Real, top-quality bargains can be had with a little patience. Just pay particular attention to the measurements (NOT the marked size); at your size, even a little error could mean a large difference in fit.
     
  6. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    What kind of suit are you looking for? I have at least one in ~38S (probably your size), and others may have something or be able to find something.
     
  7. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    You think he could get away with a 36?
     
  8. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    You think he could get away with a 36?
    It depends more on the measurements than the stated size of the suit. For example, a Brooks 36 is going to be much bigger than a Dior Homme 36.
     
  9. TheProfessor

    TheProfessor Active Member

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    Im looking for a suit just to go to work, I'm hoping to get a job at an accounting firm so I need look presentable. I was going to save up for a top quality navy blue suit.

    What name brands should I look for when buying on ebay or on these forums. Should I only go for full canvesed(I think im butchered the word) or half since it may be cheaper?
     
  10. ang_kangkong

    ang_kangkong Senior member

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    I just read the new Esquire. It's the best dressed issue. There's a guy there who's one of the best dressed real men (not celeb) and he says he used to go to thrift stores for suits (I think he said he got them for $5, maybe $8). He'd then go to a tailor to have it altered. That sounded really good to me. Just check the shoulders and length on the jacket.
     
  11. Mute

    Mute Senior member

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  12. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Have you checked out mtm or bespoke? Why get a ill-fitting rtw suit that you will be unhappy with?
     
  13. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Have you checked out mtm or bespoke? Why get a ill-fitting rtw suit that you will be unhappy with?
    his budget is $250 CDN
     
  14. moosy

    moosy Senior member

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    I am fairly similar in size so from my experience:

    If you want a cheap suit Zara can work, they have some fitted suits.

    My best luck in RTW is Brooks Brothers Children, size 18 will probably work for you (though I would consider a 16 for pants). It is the same quality as the basic line (BrookEase) so it's a good value for the money especially if you can wait for the 25% off sales twice a year.

    Jonathan has some great suits in small sizes highly recommended but I think over your budget.

    But a truly well fitting suit only works with MTM.
     
  15. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Senior member

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    There are fully canvassed suits in Zara..however, at your size I would think the fit i.e. length of the suit and sleeves would be abit long? not sure how small they come but european sizes run pretty low
     
  16. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Should I only go for full canvesed(I think im butchered the word) or half since it may be cheaper?

    I'd say don't worry about that right now. With your budget, it may be hard to find a canvassed suit, though you can score some deals on ebay or at outlets if you are patient. Canali and Corneliani can often be had for decent prices, though smaller sizes can be harder to come by.

    I'd focus on finding something that fits well and looks good on you, then save up some money and buy a nice canvassed suit later when you can afford it.

    Of course, if you don't need the suit for a few months, then keep your eyes peeled on ebay , STP, or on the buying & selling forum - you're bound to find something.
     
  17. JR_Rider

    JR_Rider Senior member

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    I am quite skinny as well, and most of the time cheap suits fit like crap. The best fitting 'cheap' Off-the-Rack suit I've found is the ones from Zara. They start at $299, but are all wool. BTW, $250 won't buy you anywhere near high quality in Canada (unless you keep a keen eye out on eBay).
    I have a Zara suit that I only paid $200 for. I like it alot, I think it fits very well. They don't have internet sales though, so if there is not a store near you, you might be in trouble.
     
  18. JR_Rider

    JR_Rider Senior member

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    I am fairly similar in size so from my experience:

    If you want a cheap suit Zara can work, they have some fitted suits.

    My best luck in RTW is Brooks Brothers Children, size 18 will probably work for you (though I would consider a 16 for pants). It is the same quality as the basic line (BrookEase) so it's a good value for the money especially if you can wait for the 25% off sales twice a year.

    Jonathan has some great suits in small sizes highly recommended but I think over your budget.

    But a truly well fitting suit only works with MTM.


    You honestly believe that Brooks Brothers suits are higher quality than Zara??
     
  19. moosy

    moosy Senior member

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    You honestly believe that Brooks Brothers suits are higher quality than Zara??

    The main difference between the two is not quality but the cut. My experience with Zara (and why I like the suit I have from them) is that it is more "fashion forward" the Brooks are much more conservative. For work I am more comfortable with the more conservative cut - just a preference.
     
  20. gj555

    gj555 Senior member

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    Hi guys,

    Im a newb in suit purchasing and am in need of your expertise.

    My body measurements are:

    Height: 5"7
    Chest 37-37.5"
    Shoulders 18"
    Waist: 30.5"
    Weight: 126 lbs
    And am quite thin.

    I looked at stores and tried on suits such at Sears and Banana Republic. But they all seem to sell suits for men who are quite larger in bone structure. When I tried on their suits none of them are fitted and look odd on my thin body structure.

    Are there any reasonably priced suits in CANADA for a thin person like myself?? These suits are for career purposes only.

    Name Brands or stores would be greatly appreciated my budget is around 250.00CDN as I m just a student but want to get a high quality suit.

    Thanks for any advice.


    If you are in Toronto, you can try a store called Short Man Browns or something like that. I think there are 2 locations. Once got a nice navy jacket for my father-in-law who is in the 5'6" range.
     

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