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Suit for a Very Skinny Guy (Bay Area, California)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by uraflit, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. uraflit

    uraflit Member

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    I am in the market for a nice suit for my wedding. I do not require a tuxedo, but staying sharp is required. I looked around some stores, but it seems my size is a bit too small for any off-the-rack stuff. The only suits that seem to fit me are the size 36S from the extra slim lines of Hugo Boss (eg. Ryan/Win fit). I am 5'8" and 130 pounds =(

    Do I have any more options? I have little knowledge on M2M, and I would doubt I could afford any bespoke options. I have a good 3+ months until the big day, so I'm trying to get my stuff together.

    My budget is ~$600-$800.

    I live in the Bay Area in California if that helps any.
     
  2. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

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    When it comes to extremes, M2M may be a more safe option. Some of the online makers have very flexible systems and satisfactory guarantees. Meaning that they'll keep retrying until you're satisfied, and 3 months should be enough time.

    You also probably have some decent local M2M programs, but I'm not local with your area.

    For RTW, on the top of my head...

    BB Milano and Fitz tend to run very small.
    www.ehaberdasher.com carries some Benjamin suits in 36S
     
  3. uraflit

    uraflit Member

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    Yeah, I've gone into a Brooks Brothers and tried on some of their Fitz/Milano suits. They are still a bit large for me in their smallest sizes.

    M2M seems to be a good directions to head. Any suggestions on good quality tailoring/material from online merchants? The only one I've seen recommended on other boards was Indochino, and I'm unsure if that place is fully trustworthy.
     
  4. Frankie22

    Frankie22 Senior member

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    If you can up your budget you can get a polo black label (by coruso) suit for maybe around a grand on deal. Very slim.
     
  5. SloopyNoob

    SloopyNoob Senior member

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    You may want to give Indochino Travelling Tailor program a try
     
  6. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Don't.

    Indochino has a generally poor reputation as using 'Search' will demonstrate.

    Can anyone help the OP with 'local' M2M?
     
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  7. SloopyNoob

    SloopyNoob Senior member

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    That's why I suggested the Traveling Tailor program, in which he can be measured properly by Indochino.

    Another option is trying out our very own Andrew Luck MTM suit. I do believe he travels to the West Coast. Send him a PM.
     
  8. uraflit

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    I edited the thread title to include I'm from the Bay Area; I hope that helps a bit.

    So, Indochino has a poor rep, eh? Good to know. I used Yelp to try and find reputable tailors around my area, but I cannot fully trust those reviews from random folks. I'd heed advice from this forum rather than Yelp...

    Thanks for the help so far! Keep em coming! =]
     
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  9. hugeevilrobot

    hugeevilrobot Well-Known Member

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    Isn't suitsupply opening an SF store? Either way, their return policy is great, and they certainly cater to the ectomorphic among us. Definitely rather fashion forward though.
     
  10. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Tried Zara or H&M?

    Or get something used, cheap, and full canvassed off eBay and find an alternation tailor that can work magic.
     
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  11. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

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    www.blacklapel.com seems to have happy customers. I'm waiting on my first suit from them. They do seem to get things right the first time, and deliver solid suits.

    Half-canvassed, staple navy suit for 449$. Full-canvas for 150 or 200 extra.

    You can also request stuff that isn't listed on the website.
     
  12. ballmouse

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    Not sure if you have tried going to a Brooks Brothers in an area with a heavy Chinese population, but I heard there are ones in California that have very small sizes (down to 34 I think?). Assuming you don't really wear a suit or own one, I would try to buy a RTW one first.

     
  13. uraflit

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    I have a suit bought from Macy's a few years back, but it's way too big. I went to a Brooks Brothers in Roseville, so not a heavy Chinese population...

    If they truly have 34 sizes, I can work with that for sure.
     
  14. kdv10

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    Google Jimmy Au. He is located in Beverly Hills. He carries sizes 34s, 34r, 34l, in addition to the standard 36s, 36r and 36l. He normally carries a 3 piece black and dark blue suits in those sizes. He can ship to you as well. The price of his suits normally runs between 1k to 1.2k. A little above your budget, but something to keep in mind.

    Another option is to find something you like in a 36s. Franz Custom Tailors in SF will then make it fit you correctly.

    Also, of note, Brooks Brothers in SF and San Jose does not carry size 36s at all. Maybe once in a blue moon. Like Ralph Lauren, they do not make suits in size 34s. Both of their MTM starts at size 36s.

    Dior in Union Square will carry a size 34 in dark blue and black. You might want to stop by and try on their suits for reference.
     
  15. chocsosa

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    I feel your pain Uralift... I am on the other side of the spectrum being 6"8 250lbs...I would suggest thick as thieves in L.A.. I have a friend who went to school in the bay who is getting married in April and he is exactly your size..we made a trip down to L.A from the bay so he could get sized up for a suit through their M2M program. Their niche market is guys your size.. they did a phenomenal job for him.. he is a 35s...and all for $500-$550..I do more Zegna M2M's which work for me and have a couple of suit supply suits that fit well.. but for your size thick as thieves seems perfect being I believe that don't work with anyone over a 40..hope this helps
     
  16. VinnyMac

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    Congrat's on your upcoming wedding.

    As far as your problem goes, you're not the only one who's in that boat. It seems like slim and/or fit guys aren't taken into consideration by a lot of off the rack suit makers. I'm taller and I weigh more than you do (6ft, 175lbs), but I have the same problems. I don't know how much experience you have with mtm, but you should take a look at moderntailor.com. As far as online mtm companies go, I like it, and it's within your budget...highly recommend.

    Edit:

    I read a few comments, and I saw that OP mentioned Indochino. Their customer service is top notch, but IMO, they do a shxtty job of accommodating customer requests, and they did a terrible job of using my measurements. On the other hand, if the suit's fit is really fxcked up (like mine was), they offer to remake it for you. IMO, ModernTailor is better.
     
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  17. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Not too bad, BB can order 36/38 R/L.
     
  18. uraflit

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    Thanks for the replies! I have a few choices to pursue now.

    I still have much to learn =)
     
  19. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    The problem is that I have a 40in chest and a 30in waist, and I like my clothes to be fairly slim. Finding clothes for slim people is a task. Finding clothes for tall, slim, fit people is damned near impossible. Throw in my long legs and arms to top it off. The waist is always too wide, and the legs and sleeves are always too short. Finding otr that fits close to the way that I want it to is unlikely. I've tried on BB suits. Once I consider the price and the cost of tailoring, I'm usually better off with mtm.
     
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  20. sdedalus1

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    If you can find a 36S or 36R that fits in the shoulders and is the right length, keep in mind that a good alterations tailor will be able to slim the chest (to a smaller extent) and the waist/hips (to a larger extent). Hopefully the jacket is on the slim side to begin with. My tailor charges $100 to take a jacket in at the side seams or back seam, and I think more if he were to have to remove the sleeves/reshape the armholes when taking in the side seams. I'd recommend this over strictly online MTM, since you can see how it fits before you buy, and then work out specific changes with your tailor. I was considering Indochino myself, but only because I was able to get measured by them in person. Thick as Thieves might be more reliable in translating just from body measurements, but I haven't tried them. (And if you can get to LA, you could get measured in person.) You could also alter a 36 jacket found on ebay, but I wouldn't consider buying one there until you knew for sure what shoulder-to-shoulder measurements fit, and the max pit to pit you wanted to deal with.

    I'm the same weight as you and just slightly taller, and would also normally take a 34 but have given up looking for one. I maybe should have just gone MTM, but I ended up buying Uniqlo suits in xsmall on two separate occasions, mostly because they were pretty cheap at the time, the quality seemed worth it for the price, and it seemed easier than MTM. ($120 total for jacket & pants on sale, but the small sizes go quick). For another $100 in tailoring, it was worth it for me to have them as beaters, and I'm happy enough with the fit. Probably not the quality you have in mind for a wedding suit, but another option for slim guys.
     

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