Where to get a suit for an athletic build in boston?
October 26, 2013 11:39 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend is attempting to leave the ivory tower and get a job as a scientist in industry in the Boston metro area. He has been applying for jobs and is starting to get some phone interviews, so we are trying to get him some acceptable clothes for an eventual in-person interview. His current wardrobe consists of thrift store t-shirts and REI space-fabric pants. I have no experience with men's fancy clothes. The problem is that he has an extremely athletic build.
posted by permiechickie to clothing, beauty, & fashion (8 answers total)
The optimal would have been to buy a mid-price suit ($500-$800) off the rack and have it fit ok. However, his shoulders are 50 inches in circumference, but his waist is 34.5 inches. We went to some high end department stores, but they had very few suits that would even fit his shoulders, and for all of them they would need to be extensively tailored in the waist, and the pants re-cut entirely because they were way way too big. The pants size he usually wears is 36/32, but his casual pants are worn not at the natural waist, where I assume that most suit pants are worn higher.
So, the questions are, given that we will probably need to spend a significant portion of the suit budget getting something tailored,
1) Where in Boston can we find a large suit (the 48L sizes seemed to fit him in the shoulders) for $300-$500 that will be amenable to tailoring? Right now we are planning to go to some discount stores like Philene's, Nordstrom Rack, and Burlington Coat factory and also some consignment stores around Newbury street.
2) Is it a better idea to get suit separates so that the pants aren't a problem? Should he just buy a sportscoat/blazer and wear it with some matching pants in his size? What are good color combinations for this? What are good stores for this?
3) How much money should he expect to spend on tailoring if major adjustments will need to be made to the jacket at least? And if you know a good tailor, please let us know, as we were just going to try someone with good reviews on Yelp.
Additionally, we will be in NYC next weekend, so if you know good stores/tailors in the NYC metro area, we can also look into that.
Thanks for any help!