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Suit fit advice

pubbalpaca

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Hi everyone,

New to the sartorial world here. I bought 2 suits off the rack (can't afford a bespoke suit), both are supposed to be the same size but oddly enough one is a little more snug and shorter than the other. I plan on returning one, so any advice on which to keep would be great.
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I like the length on this jacket but it feels tight when I do the hug test.





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This one is more comfortable but the jacket is a little longer than I'd like, and I would have to alter the sleeve length too. Would shortening the jacket throw off the position of the bottom 2 pockets (ie the pockets look too close to the bottom of the jacket)?

I will also take in the waist a little on either one of these.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 

Phileas Fogg

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Welcome. Personally I find both suits to be tight fitting on you. In fact, if you hadn’t said anything I would have thought they were the same. The first one is definitely tighter though just based on the amount of bunching around the arms

I think the length on the second is actually fine. A jacket can be shortened to a degree without throwing off the balance. I’m not sure you would want to in this case.

Another point not mentioned are the lapels. The gorge is too high so the points of the lapel seem to be poking above the shoulders.
 

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Agree with all points above - the first thing I noticed were the lapels sticking up too high. But both the jacketarms and the pant legs are too tight.
 

dieworkwear

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The suit all around looks shrunken -- the jacket is too tight and short, and the trousers are too tight. The stylistic details are made to match that silhouette (e.g. the very high peak lapels).

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rjc149

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If these are your first suits, I would opt for more classic and conservative styling and fit, to make them more versatile and long-lasting, and thus provide better value for your money. You look like you're in shape, which is always good, but a suit should not flaunt your musculature. Slim-fit suits are currently trendy with younger men, but neither the trend, nor your youth, will outlast the garment.

If you absolutely must have peaked lapels on a suit, make sure they're not poking up like little horns over your shoulder. That may be a fit issue or the styling of the suit, not sure, but I would get that handled. 3-inch notched lapels are always a safer bet.
 

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Not to sound like a Joseph A Bank fanboy, but I think they make great beginner suits, even beyond beginner. They generally embody a more classic suit silhouette, and the mid-level (Signature and Signature Gold) lines are half-canvassed and good value for your buck. The M2M offerings are decent, but for those prices ($700-800) you can do better off-the-rack or Asian bespoke. I would just avoid the cheaper lines, which have fused (glued) linings that will not only be stuffy, but will inevitably start developing bubbles and warts. Generally speaking, unless you're on a tight budget for an interview/wedding/funeral suit, make sure you avoid fused lined suits so it will last.
 

Aboud

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Hi everyone,

New to the sartorial world here. I bought 2 suits off the rack (can't afford a bespoke suit), both are supposed to be the same size but oddly enough one is a little more snug and shorter than the other. I plan on returning one, so any advice on which to keep would be great.
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I like the length on this jacket but it feels tight when I do the hug test.





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This one is more comfortable but the jacket is a little longer than I'd like, and I would have to alter the sleeve length too. Would shortening the jacket throw off the position of the bottom 2 pockets (ie the pockets look too close to the bottom of the jacket)?

I will also take in the waist a little on either one of these.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
If a suit doesn't pass the hug test then it's too tight. Take the second one and get it tailored. just make sure you let the tailor understand exactly what you want to be done. It looks good
 

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