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Suit brands with higher armholes?


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Feb 4, 2011
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With so many mens suiting brands, finding the "right" suit is an overwhelming process; and not living in a major metropolitan area is hampering my search. I badly need recommendations to form a short-list of brands/designers to focus on...

What I'm looking for: a slim fit; where the armholes are cut higher and not so god damned wide (everything seems so fucking wide), nothing screams ill-fitting suit to me more than wide armholes on a suit, especially on a skinny guy (like me); and for the sleeves to be slimmer as well; the waist of the jacket should narrow at the middle.

What brands (from low to high end) specialize in this cut?


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Jan 23, 2011
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That's the style now, but goes against the grain for some older more established brands. Most of the people here will recommend getting a bespoke suit, because then you can measure everything out through an extended process. If you're in a small town, this may be difficult.

While not top tier, I have found Hugo (Hugo Boss red label) to have higher armholes and much slimmer silhouettes. Their Jam/Sharp suit from the Black Label also has a very slim cut. Burberry has slim fit suits too and I have found them to be better quality than Boss (Burberry suits are MII and half canvassed, at least in my experience). Zegna on a higher tier still have some sleek silhouettes but also have a lot of boxy so be careful.

BB, Ralph Lauren, tend to be more traditional in cut. I don't have experience with Armani and D&G, although I imagine the latter may be slim cut.


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Dec 25, 2010
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On the low end, H&M and J. Crew all have models with high armholes. Theory does as well. Going a bit higher, Z-Zegna and Brooks Brothers' Milano cut have them and each retail for about a grand. Moving higher still, Ralph Lauren Black Label seems to be the sub-$3k gold standard in very slim fitting suits around here. They go from anywhere between $1,600 to $2,200. Zegna mainline are also fantastic, but at MSRP they start around $2k.

Assuming you are going to have to order online, J. Crew and BB are probably easiest and have the best online selections. RL has some Black Label suits online, but not the full range.

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