Clothing for the short & thick

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Christina asked:

I’m writing in for my boyfriend, Caleb. He is on the shorter side at 5’6″ and he wears a 38W/shortest available length in pants. For dress shirts, he doesn’t even know what size he would wear, as any shirt that fits his thick neck is clownishly huge everywhere else. This is a problem, as he works in a professional environment.

My question is, do you know of any resources for short-and-chubby guys? The Big and Tall section usually fails us. Is custom tailoring the only option for all the hobbit-like dudes out there?

I feel Caleb’s pain as I’m a short and stocky guy myself. Custom tailoring requires more work, but it’s almost always worth it. If you’re looking for shirts,Paul Fredrick Oxford Dress Shirt pants, or suits, consider stores like Paul FredrickModern Tailor, or Indochino. Ordering online can usually help you find items in the specific size you’re looking for. Some sites, like DestinationXL let you create a profile with your exact sizes, so you have the option of searching by your size only. That has come in handy for me when I’m searching for clothing that fits me exactly.

As far as searching locally, focus on big & tall stores – many of them have a range of sizes and lengths to suit men of many sizes. I’d recommend staying away from the mall – in my experience, sizes normally end around XL or XXL – if you need larger sizes, stick with online shopping.

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FashionCitizen1
FashionCitizen1

The perfect suit for me would be the essential black suit because it's a great canvas to build several casual and dress outfits on.

Camine1
Camine1

I need the Heather Brown suit for my roommate! Being a trans guy is hard for him, and this would be perfect!!

JasonBigio
JasonBigio

I'd just be happy with any suit that fits where I don't have to hold my breath for fear of popping a button and where it doesn't look like it's a generic cut that could fit any shaped guy.

DrewSprague
DrewSprague

I need the Premium Charcoal Suit. I'm a semester away from graduating with a BA in Accounting and I don't have a suit. I've been skating by with slacks and shirt & tie. The color of the Premium Charcoal Suit would work in a variety of situations and with my own personal style while staying professional. I'm already thinking of different shirt and tie combos that would work well with the suit and help me pop with some personal style #indochinoperfectsuit

sethmccormick
sethmccormick

My favorite Indochino suit is the Heather Brown Herringbone Luxury suit.  Brown suits on the one hand bring a nod of sophistication or, on the other hand, make you look like a used car salesman.  A brown suit that fits to a T will banish any hint of “used car salesman” that the style may otherwise carry.  #indochinoperfectsuit

MWprotohipster
MWprotohipster

Signed up and fingers crossed, hoping for luck and a suit to come my way.

liesh
liesh

LUXURY HERRINGBONE THREE-PIECE SUIT

Accoka03
Accoka03

I've heard so many great things about Indochino. I've been wanting to try them out!

DavidStupplebeen
DavidStupplebeen

Love the three piece suits, especially the charcoal and charcoal mixed stripes! Also love the velvet and corduroy jackets. 

qlutch
qlutch

Herringbone is one of my favorite patterns, so I'd choose the Luxury Indigo Herringbone suit.

Tyler Jacobs
Tyler Jacobs

Entered! I could definitely use a new suit!

AndreCRussell
AndreCRussell

I think I've found my new home. I can definitely rock the Shadow Stitch Three-Piece with excellence! As an up and coming CEO of my own nonprofit organization, this type of wardrobe and style is what I need to truly standout and represent to the fullest! #indochinoperfectsuit

Chubstr
Chubstr

Have you entered? Good luck!

Akilah Nisa
Akilah Nisa

Andre C Russell .. you never responded!!

Chubstr
Chubstr

Thanks for spreading the word!

Chubstr
Chubstr

You choose your own suit from indochino.com, to your specifications. Nice photography work, by the way.

Derrick DeCorte
Derrick DeCorte

If that is the perfect suit no, I'll pass. Did they just not have one in his size or what?

jshbraden
jshbraden

I could so rock the Luxury Indigo Herringbone Three-Piece #chustr style!

farsidexx
farsidexx

Love the look of the Essential Blue Suit. At 6' and 290 pounds I have NEVER found a suit that fit me properly. 

CaptnChunk
CaptnChunk

#indochinoperfectsuit

My partner of 12 years and I are both definitely men of size. Since marriage was made legal recently for us in my home state, we have been wanting to set up a ceremony for our big day. Perfectly fitting clothes for either of us is pretty difficult especially when it comes to something as flawless as the White and Black Tux. What a beautiful piece of work! Would love the chance to wear this.

conorsseur
conorsseur

That Premium Black Three-Piece Suit is the business. Killer look for sure.

AralBasilGribbleII
AralBasilGribbleII

#indochinoperfectsuit the Luxury Pinstript 3-Piece...obvi. Come on, @chubstr, I NEED one! Those pinstripes will make me look good!

LeFluffy
LeFluffy

Wow, I love suits but I still don't own any one of them. Bright colors are really not suitable with my chubby body so I prefer more to dark color of any shirts I wear. So I choose Luxury Indigo Herringbone Three-Piece Suit as the best suit that I want. I really wish I'll have it one and wear it on my graduation day! Thank you for a big contest like this.


#indochinoperfectsuit

maurice_c
maurice_c

I love the Premium Charcoal Suit!

bbwgeneration
bbwgeneration

I have a great young man that would LOVE to have your suit.  He's such a positive and proactive member of his community and would love to surprise him if I win.

Leah Fein
Leah Fein

indochinoperfectsuit I love the Essential Charcoal 3-Piece suit. It would be perfect for my handsome man. Hope I win. Thank you! # indochinoperfectsuit

LeahFein
LeahFein

indochinoperfectsuit

Love the Essential Charcoal 3-Piece Suit. It would be perfect for my 6'4" big, handsome man. I hope I can win a suit for him. Thank you.

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#indochinoperfectsuit

Ursos
Ursos

I haven't owned a suit since I was ... actually, I don't think I've *ever* owned a suit.  I would really love to have one for weddings and formal events.  I'm kind of a sucker for vests, too, so I think I would probably go for the Essential Navy or Charcoal Three-Piece Suit.


Thanks for the awesome contest!


#indochinoperfectsuit

CaptnChunk
CaptnChunk

The Essential White Three Piece is quite stunning as well.

Chubstr
Chubstr moderator

@LeahFein Great choice! That's a pretty versatile suit. Be sure you entered using the form a little further up this page, and good luck!

Chubstr
Chubstr moderator

@Ursos It's hard to beat the Three Piece, but I'm a sucker for a blue suit of any shade. In fact, I've got two in my closet! Good luck!