In my previous post, "Searching for Staples Pt.1 - The Blazer", I was looking to add a 'Mens' cut blazer to my wardrobe. I also mentioned some research that I would be doing about the complexity of finding one that fits. I am generally smaller than what's available.
I started by trying on different blazers from the places I could get good deals from- H&M, Topman, Nordstrom Rack, Burlington Coat Factory, JCPenney, and a couple of other places. Here is what I found:
- Starting at a 34, H&M and Topman carried smaller sizes than the rest.
- Even so, the jackets tended to be too long for my torso. There was so much fabric left around the armholes and chest that I could pull up my arms and fly away! I call it the flying squirrel effect.
I'll acknowledge that these blazers were not made specifically with me in mind, but one short google search away, and I found that a lot of people had similar issues. Lower armholes are to be expected in lower end suits, as companies try to mass produce a product to fit a variety of sizes. What's really good with the clothing industry, though?
- I also saw online that some slim and shorter men shopped in the 'Boys/Young Mens' section for blazers. I definitely got a few questioning looks for trying these on at the Burlington Coat Factory. Don't worry moms, it was odd for me too! The 'Boys' blazers definitely felt like lower quality and the sleeves were definitely too short.
Either way, I'm learning a lot along the way. I'm finding that pieces with appropriate shoulders and decent armholes will have better value for me. The rest I hope to get tailored.
I'll be sure to try and try again! Please comment below and stay tuned for more on DapperPenniless!