If you're 5', 10", with a 32" waist whatever size is considered standard, chances are you've never had a problem finding clothes that fit you. But for the rest of us, with our odd shapes and sizes and thick thighs and broader than hipster shoulders, finding off-the-rack clothes that fit just right can feel eternally futile.
So in the interest of creating a kind of global fit guide, here is a list of retail-available clothing and sizes that fit me very well. For reference I am
5 feet 5 and 3/4 inches standing in bare feet;
I have a 31 inch waist and I wear my pants just below my hip bone;
I weigh 161 pounds;
I have a 36 inch chest and a 14 1/2 inch neck; and,
I have relatively large thighs for my waist size.
If you find you can buy clothes off the rack that fit you just right, please consider writing a post like this of your own. Chances are there are people just your shape and size looking for clothes but not sure what sizes to trust or even try.
One further note - every recommendation has been verified at least three times on separate purchases. While this is in no way a guarantee, it's a small certainty in a world where I own size 8, 9, and 9.5 shoes.
I Declare It A Perfect Fit
LL BEAN regular oxford shirt in SMALL - fits me better than any shirt I've ever owned. Now own three.
More Often Than Not
CLUB MONACO shirts in SMALL - I bought one small that just didn't work, but otherwise fairly reliable.
The aforementioned UNIQLO in SMALL
ALL SON in SMALL - seems to be an Urban Outfitters brand. Small fits perfectly.
CHEAP MONDAY in SMALL - sizing can be all over the map with this brand, but so far so good with the sweaters.
GAP cords in 31 x 30 - when GAP made a 28 inch inseam it was party all the time. Then they decided to hell with these short people, they can hem their pants. But for some reason the 31 x 30 cords fit me so well it's like they were made for me.
FARAH pants in 34 - like a glove, if such a thing is possible. Now, I did have to get them hemmed, but considering how well they fit after that it's a small price to pay. (Literally - my tailor hems pants for $6. Find yourself a local tailor immediately.)
Brands That Have Schizophrenic Sizing and Yet I Still Buy Them
CHEAP MONDAY jeans - there is no rhyme or reason to this brand's sizing whatsoever when it comes to their jeans, but I still like them better than almost any others (that cost less than $100). 31 fits me, 32 fits me, and sometimes even 33 fits me.
AMERICAN APPAREL - worst sizing ever. I wear small and medium t-shirts, medium and large cardigans, and even have a large sweatshirt kicking around somewhere. Even accounting for the fact that they use men with no asses as fit models, this level of uncertainty is just unacceptable. Anyway, here's more of my money.