Post # 1
Hi worker-Bees! I’m going through the academic job market in a couple of months, and I’ve started to look for suits. I’m hoping someone here might be experienced with this and can help.
The problem is that I’m not the most average-proportioned woman out there, and the jackets I’ve tried on don’t look right. I’m 5’8”, 34A, awkwardly long arms and legs, and I’m starting to think that I have a short torso.
All of the size 2 jackets at Macy’s looked fantastic, except that the arms were at least 3” too short. I tried a 2Tall from Banana Republic, and the sleeves were great, but the body seemed about 4” too long compared to the models and what looked right when I folded it up a bit, and the shoulder/chest area seemed big. I pretty much looked like I was trying to play dress-up in my parents’ clothes. I know I can take things to a tailor, but these sound like things that might not be easily fixed.
I’m planning to try J Crew and Ann Taylor, but I’m starting to think that I’m stuck between needing a Tall for sleeve length and a Regular for shoulder-width and body-length. Has anyone had problems like this with suit jackets? Does anyone know about how places vary in the way these things fit, or have another option I should try? Maybe somewhere that has Regular sizes with naturally longer sleeves?
Post # 3
I recently bought a suit for job interviews at The Limited. I’m 5’8″ as well and it fits nicely.
Post # 4
@Britt_RN: Oh good, thanks! I just checked and we have one in our mall, so I’ll definitely stop there.
Post # 5
Have you thought about buying something on the larger side and getting it tailored? That may be your best option.
Post # 6
Ann Taylor has the best suits! I live in them. I also have a couple from J Crew that I wear a lot. I have the pants and skirt for the super 120s in black and then I have a hutton suit in navy pinstripe. I have a Banana Republic suit but it is from a while ago. I ordered one recently and was really disappointed with the quality and ended up returning. In the end, I think Ann Taylor are the best quality for the money and the most comfortable.
I am 5’3 and about 115 lbs and I wear a size 2 in all of them, except in Ann Taylor pants I take a 4P. I would suggest trying Ann Taylor tall and you can order separately too.
Post # 7
i like banana republic (regular)
they have suits with stretch (comfort)
i would consider a 3/4 sleeve jacket or roll-up sleeves with a pencil skirt for long arms/legs if you can’t find proper length, its getting colder but you can always find nice tights
i have to wear ‘flattening’ bras with my br suit but i guess for 34A it would be great
you might also consider getting a suit custom made, not as expensive as i thought, theres lots of websites for that
having a suit taylored also isn’t difficult, i mean wedding gowns get adjusted so how difficult is a suit lol
Post # 8
I am 5’7and Ann Taylor fits me like a glove. I have long legs and big boobs but everything there seems to fit me perfectly.
Post # 9
I’m 5’7 and buy all my suits at the Limited. I have to wear a suit everyday to work, and I’ve never had any problems with fit from there. And they have 40-50% off sales all the time.
Post # 10
Benetton has always been my favorite place to get suits. The pants are always really long so if anything you will need them hemmed and you can buy the pieces separately. The blazers fit very well and are fitted. They always have a few classic suits in every season…just make sure you look at the options for pants. It’s annoying when you find a great blazer and the only pants available in the same material are the super skinny style and cropped. Sadly they don’t have sales very often, but it should be less than $220. I’ve still been wearing the one I bought 6 years ago from them.
Post # 11
I got some nice pieces from Charlotte Russe (I like their slacks, especially), but my nicest suits I had custom made. It was just easier for me since I’m in between sizes. :/
Post # 12
Have you tried Ann Taylor Loft? When I was in the corporate world I used to buy all of my suits there because they sell the pants and jackets separately. They have pants in Tall length. For me, I am short and curvy, and because of my butt I always had to buy a bigger size pants than the jacket. I used to get so many compliments on my suits that I bought there.
Also, if you live near a Nordstrom Rack, it’s worth checking out, great prices on beautiful suits, and again, you can sometimes find separates there.
Post # 13
i’m similar proportions to you – the limited is great, and if you want to spend a bit or can find it marked down, theory is awesome.
Post # 14
IMO this is the way to buy suits. Buy according to the largest part of your body and then have your suit tailored. Standard suit sizes do not fit most women correctly. Just find a good tailoring place, that isn’t too expensive.
Post # 15
So many good ideas, thanks everyone! I’ll definitely try the places suggested here, and then have a tailor fix whatever doesn’t work. This is tough for someone who lives in sweaters and jeans!
Post # 16
I ended up buying mine from The LImited. Register on their website for a decent coupon, they’re having a sale, plus they do student discounts.
I spent the day going around town, and the suit at The Limited was the best I’d seen.
I even got the job, I probably didn’t even need the suit.