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SUIT YOUR SHAPE: GQ primer for the hard-to-fit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mensimageconsultant, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. DGP

    DGP Senior member

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    Actually, according to a study cited in this week's Time, the average American man is now 5'10". That may sound high, but relatively speaking, we are shrinking in comparison to many European countries (e.g., the average man's height in the Netherlands is 6 feet tall)! [​IMG]

    Think about who's coming to America now, it's no longer Brits, Germans, and Swedes. I bet if you looked at the more traditional American populations, mainly caucasians and African Americans, you wouldn't see them shrinking.
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Actually, according to a study cited in this week's Time, the average American man is now 5'10". That may sound high, but relatively speaking, we are shrinking in comparison to many European countries (e.g., the average man's height in the Netherlands is 6 feet tall)! [​IMG]

    The dutch are also the tallest people in the world so that's not a particularly good comparison.
     
  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Liddell is a beast. His drop is really quite high (Something like 14, iirc), 44 chest and 30 waist. That is very high compared to the average (6-7 inches) drop. People with a higher drop than that are probably really juiced up.
     
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    I liked the article too. Chuck Lidell is probably closest to my body type - he's got muscle but he's not model skinny in the waist. I'm still betting his shirt was pinned back though - 19" neck and a shirt that fits, I don't think so.

    I'd still like them to mention lower-priced brands but I guess they need to make their advertisers happy.
     
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    I thought that was weird too.
    You have to remember that the average "short" suit size in the States is intended for someone who's 5'8".
     
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    Liddell has a 30 inch waist? Hard to imagine, not even male models have a 30 inch waist at 6 2ish. I would say a more probable 33-34.

    Yeah, with his neck size, he has to go MTM.
     
  7. Tarmac

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    didn't arnold reportedly have a 31 waist? or maybe that's arnold-speak for "im better than you"
     
  8. lefty

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    Liddell has a 30 inch waist? Hard to imagine, not even male models have a 30 inch waist at 6 2ish. I would say a more probable 33-34. Yeah, with his neck size, he has to go MTM.
    Liddell hardly has an athletic body. If anything he carries a little extra around the belly. I'd question a 14" drop. He cleans up nicely though. lefty
     
  9. SuitingStyle

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    Liddell is a beast. His drop is really quite high (Something like 14, iirc), 44 chest and 30 waist. That is very high compared to the average (6-7 inches) drop. People with a higher drop than that are probably really juiced up.

    maybe becuase he is so fit and all muscle, that he appears lean in the photo and also appears lean on TV when he is in fights ........ just wished they featured more bulky guys to make it more interesting .........
     
  10. Tarmac

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    he look fairly wide-hipped so yeah I doubt 30 as well. has nothing to do with body fat. I know 6ft 2 155 lbs guys who are built like a wire and still wear 32 or 33. its just how wide they are.

    and now that I think about it, they forgot the most common hard-to-fit body type of all, the middle aged guy with a gut. The guy who is 25 lbs heavier than when he was in college, but still not obese.
     
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    What if youre both short (5'8)and athletic with broad shoulders? some of the advice for both are contradictory
     
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    The dutch are also the tallest people in the world so that's not a particularly good comparison.
    Pre-WW2 they were the shortest. It's all about the socialism! [​IMG] Walking down the street in the Netherlands is a trip: the old people are little dwarfs scurrying around the legs of the giant young people. (I'm 6', I felt short for the first time in my life.) If different countries have different height distributions, are S, R, and L jackets from each country designed for the same height range?
     
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    The dutch are also the tallest people in the world so that's not a particularly good comparison.

    I think the tallest people in the world are the Dinka.
     
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    Liddell hardly has an athletic body. If anything he carries a little extra around the belly. I'd question a 14" drop.

    He cleans up nicely though.

    lefty


    If it's not athletic than what is it?
     
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    It's interesting that regardless of body type, they put everyone into a 2B jacket. I tend to agree as I've seen very few 3B jackets that wouldn't have been more flattering as a 2B.
     
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    Is that photo of Chuck photoshopped? He always looks like he has a keg, not a six pack. As Tito Ortiz said, "Look at that belly. You should be called the Snowman!" Not that I would say this to his face.
     
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    If it's not athletic than what is it?
    It's the wonderful world of Styleforum where average drop is 12, average IQ is 150 and average penis length is 9.5".
     
  18. DGP

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    It's the wonderful world of Styleforum where average drop is 12, average IQ is 150 and average penis length is 9.5".

    And the more wonderful fact that for once, I'm above average [​IMG].
     
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    what's the best suit for most of you guys? i.e. middle aged, eat too much and with a gut [​IMG]
     
  20. csgrad

    csgrad Senior member

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    The best suit fit? Its called the g-y-m and d-i-e-t. Lose some extra flab, live a longer/healthier life, and look better in clothing!
     

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