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Enough is enough!

I think from now on I should spend the extra money and get my suits and dress shirts personally tailored. Department stores don't want you to take dress shirts out of the packaging to try them on. They insist that if they properly measure you, the shirt you get will fit. This is bullshit. The identically-sized shirt from Kenneth Cole is not the same as the one from Geoffrey Beene, which is not the same as the one from Perry Ellis, and so on. Supposedly I am a 17½ 34-35. If I find a Kenneth Cole in this size, it fits perfectly. Yesterday I bought a Geoffrey Beene for last night's chichi dinner and this Saturday's wedding. Technically, the shirt fits, but it's a bit snug for my taste. And there was nothing I could do by the time I found out. I was at K's place, so I couldn't pull out a blue or other dress shirt. It was wear the snug shirt or wear a t-shirt; and now that the shirt's been worn, I figure it's unreturnable.

I think ideally I would be a 17¾ 35-36. That size is not available in stores. My choices typically are 17½ 34-35, which can be a bit tight, or 18 36-37, which leaves my shirt sleeves protruding too far out of my jacket sleeves. This is very frustrating.

Does anyone (fj maybe?) know someone who will make personally tailored shirts, is good, and won't charge me an arm and a leg? Thanks in advance!

We won't even get into suits. I can't afford a new one, but the next time I buy one, no more Men's Wearhouse off-the-rack crap. I'm tired of looking like I simply draped fabric over myself instead of having something tailored to my body type. <sigh>


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Jun. 7th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
Try Lands' End. They make shirts to your measurements (and customized for your body type) for under $100 apiece. Unless you're planning a trip to India sometime, that's probably your best bet.
Jun. 7th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
It is one bet, but the going rate for the custom tailored shirts by roving Hong Kong tailors seems to also be 70 bucks (although they kill you with shipping & customs). I am trying Noble House Tailors now (need to wait 4 more weeks) and jered swear with Maxwell Clothiers. Sadly, they both recently came to Boston, so it will be a while before they are back.
Jun. 7th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
I checked out the Land's End website about an hour ago and didn't like the selection. Let me know how Noble House Tailors works out for you. It's a pity they were here less than two weeks ago. <sigh>
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
My father had short arms. The sleeves on all shirts were too long for him. He got several sets of arm garters, which reside just below the elbow, to adjust the sleeve length. They were decorative and earned only favorable comments. Later, when he got lazier or cheaper, he substituted big rubber bands for the garters.
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