Any tips, anyone?
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Beside saying "get a suit that fits" it's difficult to to give recommendations without knowing your proportions and measurements. Are you short (below 5'7") and fat? Tall and fat? Wide hips? Big gut? Big butt? Broad shoulders or narrow?
What's your drop? That's the difference between your chest measurement and your waist measurement. Suits are typically designed to have a 6 or 7 inch drop (e.g. 36 chest, 30 waist).
I'm 5'3", so I'd say small and fat. I have narrow shoulders, and my legs are shorter than my torso. And BTW, I'm 16.
Some random tips:
If you have narrow shoulders, local tailors will try to make them wider with padding. Don't let them do this! Wider shoulders will only accentuate your shortness.
Since your shoulders are narrow, your should will be proportionally narrow as well. 2" at the widest point should be ok. Match with similarly narrow necktie.
Balance your upper/lower body proportions by going with a shorter jacket. The bottom of the jacket should be at your wrist, rather than in the palm of your hand. I'd recommend a one-button jacket.
Trousers should be cut with a slightly longer rise (higher waistline) to lengthen your legs. Get the trousers made to fit without belt loops. Get side tabs if necessary.
Go for no break. The hem of the pants should just touch the top of your shoe. You will have to force local tailors to hem pants this short, as they will always push for a full break (rear hem down to the heel of your shoe).
Fabric: dark solid like charcoal or midnight navy.
I'm just an inch taller than you, and I also have narrow shoulders.
I am planning to wear dark brown pinstripe suit over white polo, white necktie and purple knitted vest. Wutcha think? Nakita ko kasi yung ganung style sa net eh.
Recipe for disaster!
Ditch the vest and the white necktie.
Depending on the brown of the suit, go for olive or red/burgundy/maroon.
That's not a suit.
More Suit buying tips here:
Since you are on the short side, I'd choose the 2nd suit style. The stripes will make you look longer.
Thanks for the photos! The second one really looks nice.
^^ A coat/shirt gets longer as their belly girth gets larger. Kung medyo malaki ang tiyan mo, the size to fit your stomach area might be for the taller sizes na kaya you have to make sure that the length of the jacket to be proportioned to your body length.
I've found more tips from men.style.com. Meron din silang explanation regarding your question, TS.
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Last edited by skuidward; Dec 22, 2008 at 10:26 AM.