My chest is a tank! Tanks need suit jackets too!
June 8, 2014 12:04 PM Subscribe
FashionPhillyFilter: I have had a borderline-apocalyptic time trying to find a suit/sports jacket that fits in Philadelphia. I am a tall-but-not-notably so (6'0") dude who is built like a [big football guy term here], but with a smaller waist & bottom half to mis-match my enormous breastplate/shoulders. (My friend says "you are an inverse triangle"). Attendants at the stores I have gone to have been completely flummoxed by my proportions, which end up with either the jacket not fitting over my chest or there being a puffy cloud of fabric on the bottom. It's at the point where I'm getting recommendations for $1895 (low estimate I was given???)+ tailor-made jackets as the only solution for my build, which I am trying to avoid based on my budget (doctoral student on stipend). Surely there are... some stores that have tailorable off-the-rack things that might fit? Any suggestions as to stores that have fashionable, comfortable clothing for larger-built gentleman, especially in distance of Philadelphia?
posted by Keter to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total)
The standard stores I've been to (which may be different from the "standard stores" you have in mind, so please recommend!) have generally had only massively limited options for someone my size (i.e., basically "you are bigger and need to buy a suit for some occasion so here's a suit"), and these also tend to be mismatched and I'm not 100% sure how much I should trust the tailoring process to remedy these proportion differences for me. It's just not something I have any experience in; the one time I had a tailoring job done it was really bad, so I have a bad exemplar. I am willing to spend a fair amount ($500-$1000) on a suit/sport jacket that lasts, but again I am shocked that apparently my only option is to get one made for me! :( -- Then again, this is my first time needing a semi-formal attire to wear on a daily basis, so maybe this is more typical than I think and I need to bite the bullet?
(I had posted before a more style-based question on this point wherein some folks gave a few recommendations as to where to shop, but have largely been unsuccessful on this point.)