Embarrassing personal details up front: I'm an extremely short man (5' 4") and heavy for my size (about 195 lbs.). Even without the excess weight, I have a stocky build; to give you some idea, my neck size has always been around 16 1/2" to 17", now probably more like 18". That's wildly out of proportion to my torso and arms: for dress shirts I usually try to find a 32" sleeve and then get them shortened. I wear jeans in a 34" waist and a 28" inseam.
As you can imagine, it's very difficult to find clothes that fit. I've got the jeans size sorted out, at least, but even t-shirts are tricky: a large sometimes fits me, but often if they shrink just a little I can't wear them anymore, and XL is almost always much too big. Shirt lengths are a constant problem: a polo shirt that fits otherwise is usually 2-4 inches too long for me to wear untucked.
There are very, very few retailers, online or off, that specialize in shorter men's clothes, and I've found that even those tend to cater to a small build. Clothes shopping is a miserable experience. My wardrobe is dwindling and I need to rebuild it; I'm going to need some more presentable outfits than I'm accustomed to, too. I'm at a loss. Does anyone in MeFi-land have experience or strategies to share?
I've seen one or two similar questions on here, but as I tend towards the shorter, heavier quadrant even among short guys, I thought it was worth another post. (See this one
, for instance: useful but, as usual, catering toward the slimmer build.)
(Dress shirts are only one part of the problem, but I'd consider having a few custom-made, if that can be done for a reasonable cost. I'm interested in hearing suggestions about how to go about that, as well. And, in general, how do you find a good tailor?)