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I don't look good in a suit.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by phxguy, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. phxguy

    phxguy Member

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    Help! I thought it'd get better with a better tailor and nicer suits, but so far I haven't made much progress. (Bear in mind, "better" with respect to the tailor doesn't mean "good.")

    Here's the deal: I have skinny legs (knock kneed at that), a narrow waist that moves quickly into a bit of a belly, not much of a chest, pretty broad shoulders, long arms and an oblong shaped head. (6'2 230 / 42 or 44L ) Inevitably, structured coat shoulders make my head look even thinner (sort of a la Phil Jackson) and my torso even bigger relative to my waist and legs. And I"ve had trouble getting suit trousers that "grip" comfortably at the right part of my waist...they inevitably slide down or get creases for being cinched up too tight. And for as awkward looking as I've made myself sound, I don't have a hard time finding slacks and a dress shirt that -- without a coat -- look decent. It's frustrating to look worse as I dress up.

    What should I be looking for to de-emphasize these body dynamics? Do shoulders in dress suits come in are varying degrees of "structured"? Is my shirt collar an important factor? And is there is some particular reason I have a hard time find suit trousers that sit comfortably on the waist?

    Incidentally, I generally get a 44L and get the pants and coat taken in. Could my main problem be that I need to start with a 43L, particularly given my challenge with finding a good tailor (in Phoenix)?

    Comments are much appreciated!
     
  2. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    I didn't read your entire post, but if you don't like how you look in a suit regardless of fit, you will generally have to work on changing your body. As for tailoring changes, it's hard to judge from a description.
     
  3. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Losing weight is an under-emphasized method of looking good in clothes.
     
  4. Gorpomon

    Gorpomon Well-Known Member

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    Post some pictures to get valuable feedback, blur out your face if you want to remain anonymous. Also have you taken use of the thread where three esteemed tailors help you get the best fit out of your suit?

    -Ron
     
  5. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    This probably isn't an option, but I watched a large man get fitted by Despos in his shop and it made him look pretty good... but it costs good money to look that good at that size :lol:
     
  6. phxguy

    phxguy Member

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    No...what thread?

    Will post pics in a couple suits.

    Thx all.
     
  7. blahman

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    This seriously need pictures, because right now I am seeing someone like one of those malnourished children, but scaled up to 6'2". You know skinny everything but bloating in the belly due to the malnourishment.

    Other than that I don't see how it can be difficult as you don't sound obese.

    Also what part of your body are you referring to as your waist, as it sounds more like your hip than waist from your description?
     
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  8. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    Wait, you are 6'2, 230 and you say you have broad shoulders.

    According to some, you should be the perfect frame to look good in tailored clothes.

    Post pictures or face your body issue problems.
     
  9. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    How can you be 6+ feet tall with broad shoulders and be able to squeeze into a 42?
     
  10. phoenixrecon

    phoenixrecon Senior member

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    the same way that i do.
     
  11. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    You're over six feet with broad shoulders and squeeze into a 42? Measurements please :D
     
  12. Risk_Reward

    Risk_Reward Well-Known Member

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    great point, I'm 6'0" and I wear a 43 (19.5 inch shoulder measurements) and I would not call my shoulders broad.
     
  13. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Welcome to Styleforum.
    Awaiting photos....
     
  14. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    The silly season of first posts is well and truly here.

    Photographs will enable assistance - a hard-to-read description does not.

    Have you tried bespoke or MTM? From what little I could work out, that might assist. You also ask "Is my shirt collar an important factor?" it is important that it fits for a start - the type of collar might be relevant to the shape of your head, but as that is an unknown....
     
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  15. dorolf07

    dorolf07 Well-Known Member

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    pictures of you wearing the suit will be helpful..if you're new to wearing suits try on a few brands and see how they fit, maybe you'll get lucky.
     
  16. phxguy

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    I didn't post pics here because I didn't want to invoke a bunch of eye-rolling after how strongly I emphasized the issue in the OP. Really, the point isn't that I look bad...it's that my slacks and jackets separates look a lot better.

    So, instead, I read a lot here and have tinkered with suits and tailors since...


    Well, I'm since told by tailors I generally shouldn't. While I usually like the shoulders better in a 42 or 43, the chests usually puff out when buttoned. So, I now accept I'm really a 44L in most suits.

    And I think herein the two main problems.

    One, with OTR suits, the drop is usually 6, no? I wear a 36" waist on a normal day and 34" if I'm shape. And two, while 44 jackets fit in the shoulders, they otherwise fit like tents. So, I have mediocre tailors doing a lot of reshaping and the results are generally not great.

    So I'm trying a couple things. One, I'm right now simply looking for a suit that is more trim cut than I'd probably wear for purely stylistic reasons. And two, I'm going to try an online MTM....probably Black Lapel based on my budget for the experiment and what I've read here.


    Beyond the suits...yeah, I'm not proportioned like Brad Pitt...and I could get in a better shape. :)

    Thanks, all.
     
  17. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    What's your budget?

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  18. phxguy

    phxguy Member

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    nm
     
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