Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Slim-Fitting Suits for Short Men

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by arottler, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. jamesny

    jamesny Senior member

    Messages:
    347
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2011
    Location:
    NYC
    How short is short anyway? By American standards, guys below 6 feet are short - Asia is another matter.
     


  2. Essential

    Essential Senior member

    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    ^ It sucks that I'm Asian, I'm like 4-5 inches shorter than the average American (5' 9" - 5' 10"). I'm 17 so I'm hoping for a second growth spurt!
     


  3. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

    Messages:
    3,682
    Likes Received:
    3,212
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Location:
    Ontario
    They are really not. Average height amongst Americans in their twenties is 5' 10". So even for this demographic, if one assumes a bit of range in the average around this, you might legitimately define short as below 5'8", and tall as above 6'2", with average being in between. In fact, those older than their twenties are shorter on average, so who is 'short' across the whole population is probably even shorter than this.
     


  4. arahat

    arahat Senior member

    Messages:
    370
    Likes Received:
    86
    Joined:
    May 1, 2008


  5. mjd

    mjd Senior member

    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    21
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Boy's suits usually have 18r for regular and 18h for husky. You're correct, the husky sizes are quite generous!
     


  6. md2010

    md2010 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,931
    Likes Received:
    657
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2011
    Location:
    Sydney
    

    I had Jaundice and then Chickenpox and few other diseases back to back when I was around 8-10 years old. And was really sick on bed for over 6 months. And no matter how much I eat I never gain weight . I don't even do any exercise .
     


  7. antikantian

    antikantian Senior member

    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2011
    I feel your pain. I'm 5'8" 115 pounds (I'm half Asian, and judging from my extended family on my Asian side, they were all around my size when they were my age; if anything, I have a few pounds on them. The downside is that after age 30, they all ballooned up, so I might be SOL with my current wardrobe in a few years). It's virtually impossible to find anything that fits, and I'm extremely picky about fit, so I usually have to go custom on shirts (12.5 neck) and suits/jackets. This is made more difficult given that I'm in North Carolina, so I typically go home to NYC for clothing.

    Maybe I shouldn't say this at the risk of all of you skinny bastards copping my goods, but Mr. Porter does have some XS/34's from time to time. I just picked up a Brioni SC in 34, and hopefully it'll fit with some tailoring. I fit a 34R pretty well, so here's hoping as I *really* want this item. I've actually never seen a Brioni 34 in the flesh, as in the stores they always start at 38R. There's still a nice unstructured Brioni XS SC on MRP, in a nice dark blue. Please don't buy it though - if this other example fits, I might want that one as well :p j/k...

    Speaking of Mr. P and skinny gents, I recently bought an XS rain coat there, and it was actually too small, go figure.

    As for less pricey items, if you have any family members in Europe, stores generally carry 34's. The non-Asian half of my family lives in Luxembourg, and they always pick up 34's during sale time. I received a few sport coats that fit reasonably well from Paul Smith, and they were like 200 Euro or something like that - although they were PS by Paul Smith, not the main line.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012


  8. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,995
    Likes Received:
    267
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    

    I am terribly sorry to hear that, Sorry I had been rude before
     


  9. DJBeckfield

    DJBeckfield New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2012
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I'm having the exact same problems you are! I'm a college student as well standing at an always impressive 5'5" 125lbs... I've been trying to find a suit that fits perfectly for a few years now and have found some that work, but none that I love.

    I've been trying on some of the GAP coats and I haven't been too impressed with their fit, especially the coat length. I do like the way their pants fit with their low rise and slimmer fit through the legs.

    I have bought a few suits from Mens Wearhouse in the past and have been satisfied, but not in love with any of the suits. They carry 35s which is a start, but they still don't fit like I'd really like them to. My biggest problems have been with pant leg width and rise as well as the jacket length. Taking in the chest and midsection is pretty easy and inexpensive, but shortening the jacket is pretty costly and some tailors around me wont even do it.

    I have recently discovered a short men's store in my area which carries a few 34 extra shorts. I just bought a suit from them for a good price and will post a picture of its fit once it is done later this week!

    I'm so happy that I'm not alone!
     


  10. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

    Messages:
    2,923
    Likes Received:
    474
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    I'm 5'6" and 138-140 pounds and people usually call me skinny, but I'm also on the wrong side of 30 so you lads have a way to go. That said, i can feel your pain (somewhat).

    Someone mentioned trousers being an issue. I'd ape this. Make sure you get low rise trousers. Anything with a rise longer than 8.5" will make your legs look shorter. Keep it in mind.

    MTM can be a boon, but as a 46 IT size I usually just get my suits tailored and I'm good to go.

    At least you're not fat.
     


  11. ianGP

    ianGP Senior member

    Messages:
    799
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Ugh - all you skinny people!! I wish I were the same.... OTR clothing I've handled do not have drastic change in measurements to accommodate me...

    I just did rough measurements on myself tonight:
    Around the shoulders is 46 ¾"
    Chest 40" (39.5-ish if I don't breath lol)
    Waist is 30.5" (none to eat yet)

    Horrible measurements for suits :( As some of you have seen on my WAYWRN pics, I've got some fitment problems. All my jackets have to be taken in from the chest down to the waist ALOT to compensate for the big drop.

    And then the issue with my thighs.... I played soccer in school and the physique just carried with me........ I have to be careful not to taper too much or else I risk the trousers to look like clown pants....but the full bodied leg openings feel sloppy to me....I might have found a happy medium but time will tell.
     


  12. Spaghettimatt

    Spaghettimatt Senior member

    Messages:
    1,156
    Likes Received:
    346
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    I'm 5'3", 120 lbs. Go MTM through Thick as Thieves if you cannot afford bespoke. It will be VERY SLIM and VERY FITTED and of good construction, and it will cost you about $500.
     


  13. Simplex

    Simplex Member

    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Location:
    Chicago
    I'm about 5'6"-5'7" @ 127lbs. so I know your pain. For finding suits/jackets that fit me is a real challenge. I would say I'm a good size 34.

    For a poor college kid needing a cheap suit, the best fit for me is Topman. Although their quality department is lacking (all polyester, wool/polyester blends and few 100% cotton), it's one of the best fits for a skinny guy. Also, H&M will carry 34R(US)/44R(EU) but I noticed that their better made suits/jackets will not be in 34R (smallest is 36R). Jcrew XS blazers/jackets fit me well. Actually, their XS line is pretty close to my size, just a little to long in the arms. The only problem is that Jcrew usually do not have many XS available and even less XS blazers. The 36S suits/jackets are still too big for me. When I was studying abroad in Japan, Uniqlo became one of my favorite places. They're cheap, well fitted, and pretty good quality. For Uniqlo in the US, I go with XS. Their shirts fit so well to me that it's the closest to perfect without being bespoke.

    And like the previous poster said, don't be afraid of the kids section. I'll admit, it is a pretty big stigma to get past, it can open some more windows for you. I'd say, you can start off buying a blazer on Ebay. They'll usually go for $20-60 depending on the quality/brand, so it won't be too much of an investment and you can see how it fits. I fit into 16R or 18R, but they have some weird ass boxy cuts (aka tailor it like you should with all suits/jackets) and the button placement is higher for me. Since you're a little shorter than me, it'll be better as the button won't be as high on you, plus kids stuff is cheaper (I bought a Brooks Brothers suit for $220).

    Another option is made to measure (MTM) online shops. Some people have success, some have failure, but it's cheap. I would rather just go with bespoke to be on the safe side.

    Depending on how much you do want to spend, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (Thom Browne) BB00 fits like a 34S. I put on a blazer and it fit perfectly. I'm just not rolling in the cash to drop $900+ on a blazer. So, if you do find yourself with excess cash, you can look into Black Fleece, but if you have that much cash, just go with bespoke.

    Depending on where you live, you can probably find several places to make custom made suits at reasonable prices. I live in Chicago and there are a lot of places that start off cheap $500 for suits and $350 for blazers/jackets. I haven't had a chance to check them out or know how well their product is. It's just another option to think about.

    EDIT:

    I forgot to add, I know a UK brand Jump the Gun makes their suits in 34S. I've been interested in them, but since they have working button holes I would have to pay more to adjust the sleeves.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012


  14. atila

    atila Senior member

    Messages:
    409
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Buy a short suit - as in 38S or 36S and then have a competent tailor shorten the jacket for you the extra .5" to 1" you need off - costs about $40-50.

    I'm 5'4 and 145lbs, athletic build... I wear a 38S which fits me fine in the chest and shoulders but even a "short" suit is still a bit too long for me... my tailor in Rowland Heights charges me $40 to shorten the jacket and it looks GREAT.

    edit: I should note, that before I bulked up and was around 125lbs, I had bought a suit that was a 35XS - 35 in the chest and an "extra short" and that length fit me perfectly. If you can find suits in XS it should do the trick for you, but generally those will be a 36 or smaller chest. Good luck
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012


  15. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

    Messages:
    8,508
    Likes Received:
    1,237
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by