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Old 12-03-05, 04:09 PM
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Skinny guy woes ... what brand of clothes you buy that fit.

Europeans do not need to respond ... they have a wider selection of clothing.

I have the following problem that might be common to the skinny ciclist.

I have broad shoulders, long arms, and slender build. At 6f 2 inch and 190 pounds tall I have a real hard time finding anything that fits elegantly.

Problems:

1) Sweaters = baggy ... hard time finding anything that is not like a tent
2) Jackets = feel like a sack of potatoes.
3) T-shirts = ubber loose.
4) Dressy shirts = need to be tailored or tucked into ply's like origami
5) Long coats = actually can fit me, while smuggling a small dog and two cats.
6) Suits = don't get me started

Where do you find reasonable priced clothing for slender build (athletic?) men?
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Problems:

1) Sweaters = baggy ... hard time finding anything that is not like a tent
2) Jackets = feel like a sack of potatoes.
3) T-shirts = ubber loose.
4) Dressy shirts = need to be tailored or tucked into ply's like origami
5) Long coats = actually can fit me, while smuggling a small dog and two cats.
6) Suits = don't get me started

Where do you find reasonable priced clothing for slender build (athletic?) men?
You are fat compared to me. I'm 6'2" and 150 lbs. It sounds like we are built just about the same. When i was 50 lbs heavier i could just wear Large in just about everything. Now that i have lost some weight i actually wear medium shirts and jackets. I really don't have any issues with cycling stuff in the arms since they are usually cut longer anyway.

Here is what i do:


1) Sweaters = baggy ... hard time finding anything that is not like a tent

Sweaters? Hate them. Never wear one.

2) Jackets = feel like a sack of potatoes.

I can normally wear Medium in cycling stuff, although some of my jackets are large. Really not an issue.


3) T-shirts = ubber loose.

Again, Medium


4) Dressy shirts = need to be tailored or tucked into ply's like origami

This is more of an issue. I agree that i end up with a lot of stuff to tuck. I generally wear polo shirts instead.

5) Long coats = actually can fit me, while smuggling a small dog and two cats.

I'm not a flasher nor in the trenchcoat mafia.


6) Suits = don't get me started

Yeah. I try and avoid them to. The last time i had to wear one was at my grandma's funeral. It didn't fit me well. A lot of people who hadn't seen me in awhile thought that i was dreadfully ill.


I am a lean mean machine. I need lean tight clothing. Baggy doesn't look too good on a greyhound like myself.
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I knew a guy who was half a foot shorter than you and rail-thin, zero muscles and zero fat. He would buy women's pants and get the smallest belt he could find to keep them around his non-existent waist.

Sorry I can't provide more help, I'm around your height but not as thin. It's the American waistline that keeps everything a bit big around the gut area. I hope to share your dilemma soon must be nice!
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Some companies make athletic-cut dress shirts, which have the same width shoulders but are narrower through the body. They can be kind of hard to find, though. My dad and brother both need those, or they look like they're wearing tents.

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<-- 6'2" 160ish, long arms

For long sleeve shirts/sweaters/jackets I usually end up with no material 2/3 down my forearm. A lot of time with tshirts a medium will fit great except be too short. Often after a lot of washing they like to creep up, trying to expose my midsection. Every once in a while I'll find a sweater/jacket that fits my rather small (tall but skinny) upper body and has long enough arms to accomodate me, but nothing regular enough to point you in the direction of, sorry.

Have you tried Big N Tall stores/sections in stores? Sometimes I find stuff that fits me well there.

I dont wear anything besides sweaters, tshirts and jackets, so I can't comment on the rest.

Originally Posted by dagna
Some companies make athletic-cut dress shirts
I have also seen "muscle shirts" with a similar design. They're usually just like regular tshirts, but a bit thicker. I wouldn't say they were dress shirts.

To be honest, I rarely buy clothes unless I get a gift certificate as a present or something. I've been making due with about 10-15 shirts, a handful of sweaters, 5-10 pairs of shorts, <5 pairs of pants, and a couple jackets, for a couple years now.
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Just wear Lycra cycling clothes.
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Originally Posted by MERTON
i got this problem where large shirts fit tight and xl shirst fit loose... why can't there be an inbetween?
Merton,
sizing isn't standardised. LL Bean runs big, their large may fit.
Voler runs a tad snug even in their relaxed fit. They make a nice jersey, and if their relaxed fit jerserys are not snug, their club fit jerseys will be.
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Lately I started buying everything from abercrombie and fitch and surprisingly, everything fits!
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Lately I started buying everything from abercrombie and fitch and surprisingly, everything fits!
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try thrift stores.
i'm 6'1 175 and got 90% of my wardrobe there. for some reason older clothes fit me a lot better.
more people were skinnier back then?
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Er...
I hear some people saying wearing abercrombie's like walking around with a billboard but I don't understand that, their clothes are amongst the most nondescript I have, unless you can look at the little moose and recognize it..

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I have some abercrombie and fitch and similar clothes from high school and they do fit quite well. Maybe they design their clothes with people more our size in mind.

I agree with maxknee. I doubt I'll ever buy clothes anywhere but a thrift(y) store any more.
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-sigh-

My future:

Dress shirts = where I bought my suits, so the same tailor will modify it to fit me/
Nice dressier shirts = same
Pants = same
T shirts = Patagonia brand ... I hate that guy but everything fits
Abercombie and fitch = if they have a sale, and they are serving Chivas Regal so to get me drunk, maybe/
Sweaters = Mommy dearest will have to step to the plate and make one for me. I got her back into cycling ... and she is slimmer. So she owes me that much

.... I am good on the jean department.
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pants are always the hardest for me. i need a thin waste (probably a 28 or 30 at the most) and long pant leg (like a 32 or 34). it's not impossible - but it's not exactly a common size.
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think you got it hard? try 6'6", 187 lbs.
this is all vanity as far as i'm concerned. i don't care anymore so long as my bits and piece are covered and i'm not breaking any laws.
but really, high-end retailers tend to fit people like "us" better. x-mart, old navy, and dept. store apparel is for the regular folks (read: obese); while stores like Banana Republic, Holister, and Abercrombie are for modelesque types. It's a fact: we're better.
And yes, I agree with the thrift store claim. I think that clothes I get there fit better than else where. Except, well, maybe i just have lower standards cause I didn't pay much for them.
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1) Sweaters = Don't wear them, sorry
2) Jackets = Snowboard jackets for heavyweight, running jackets for lightweight.
3) T-shirts = Quicksilver
4) Dressy shirts = haven't found any good ones yet. The Sears midlevel brand works ok for me (I forget the exact name). I hear you can buy them to fit your shoulders, then get them tailored at the waist for a couple bucks so you don't have to deal with the extra 10" of fabric they always have down there.
5) Long coats = never worn one
6) Suits = Get measured and have the suit sent out for alterations when you buy it. Men's Warehouse is supposed to be really good at this, but I got mine at JcPenny's and was reasonably satisfied.
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it's funny, you sound like a well built guy with a nice physique, you'd think buying clothes would be a piece of cake!

Just so you know, i kind of have the same problem... i have long arms and sort of wide shoulders. Not big like a football player, sort of square, like a coat hanger- one would think that's ideal. I'm five feet five, 120 and would be considered to have a nice build. But things like cotton blouses are often too small because the arms are too short! That's why I love 3-quarter sleeves. I also have long legs- ideal, right? Yes! Except sometimes pants in MY size aren't long enough. The best thing are jeans and pants that come in 'long' like at the gap, or i end up with flood pants. GAH! And god help me if anything shrinks.

I have to say GAP and INC are pretty good- you can have long arms or square shoulders and the seams don't give.

SO it just goes to show you, you can be 'ideal' and still have trouble with some clothes. Not to mention that I have the world's smallest head- finding a helmet is a challenge. I keep thinking that only some of the euro brands will fit me, since they're made for smaller, euro sized heads.
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Go to France...everything there would be "slim fit" here.
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EXPRESS has killer fits.... they sell suits, too!

to repeat 2mtr, the more upscale stores generally have nicer fit clothing
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If you want a good fit, you'll have to go spendy. Either at time of purchase, or with your tailor.
Sweaters will be difficult to find in anything slim. I have the same problem (6' 1", 150 lbs). I do not own a good-fitting sweater.
Dress shirts, I will bite the bullet and go towards Ben Sherman. Cut very close to the body, depending on which fit you purchase, yet the sleeves fit great. Pricey, as they retail at $70-$90 a pop.
Find a jacket in a size that's close, and bring it to a tailor. You are probably a 40-42L, but at that size, the chest will certainly be too big for you. And the sleeves will pull at the back of the jacket. Time for the tailor, unless you enjoy spending $1000 and up on a suit that fits REALLY well.
Long coats aren't supposed to fit close to the body, they are intended to cover a suit, so they will all be big.
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Originally Posted by 2mtr
think you got it hard? try 6'6", 187 lbs.
this is all vanity as far as i'm concerned. i don't care anymore so long as my bits and piece are covered and i'm not breaking any laws.
but really, high-end retailers tend to fit people like "us" better. x-mart, old navy, and dept. store apparel is for the regular folks (read: obese); while stores like Banana Republic, Holister, and Abercrombie are for modelesque types. It's a fact: we're better.
And yes, I agree with the thrift store claim. I think that clothes I get there fit better than else where. Except, well, maybe i just have lower standards cause I didn't pay much for them.
Location: You do not need much clothing!

I miss the tropics ... gosh ... all my clothing fitted in a small closet.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
2) Jackets = feel like a sack of potatoes.

I can normally wear Medium in cycling stuff, although some of my jackets are large. Really not an issue.


3) T-shirts = ubber loose.

Again, Medium


4) Dressy shirts = need to be tailored or tucked into ply's like origami

This is more of an issue. I agree that i end up with a lot of stuff to tuck. I generally wear polo shirts instead.
How does this fit you? I understand that sizes vary by brand, but I'm 5'-8" @ 125 and I wear medium T-Shirts and Large (15 1/2) Dress Shirts. On the other hand, I HATE HATE HATE tightness in my clothes. I have to get 32x30 pants to fit right even though my waist is like 29.

or maybe I look like a tool and no one has told me.

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I buy most stuff from Uniqlo here in Japan. I did a google search and it appears they are now in the US.
US Site http://www.uniqlo-usa.com/
Japan http://www.uniqlo.com/
No problems with size here. Skinny and Short Arse: 59 kg and 170 cm
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