Originally Posted by Listi
Sure, but isn't ~39" chest standard for slim/fitted/tailored/buzzword smalls? Not that i can wear that either, just voicing my shock.
Not standard for big retailers. A 39" chest in RTW would be slim fitting for a 35"-37" chest. A two inch allowance will be form fitting & you'd be lucky if it looked right in RTW. A standard RTW "slim fit" small, if small is 34/36 or 35/37 (as at LE), is going to be 42-43 inches (=37 plus five or six). 41 would be pushing it; dude would have to be truly fit to look right in it. Most of the LE customer base is >25 yo and probably 75% of these guys have pot bellies if they are not downright obese. You don't make a RTW slim-fit shirt with a two-inch chest allowance and a straight to tapered body and expect to sell them to these people. They would not be able to button them at the gut. FWIW Brooks Brothers does about +5" in the chest for their Slim Fit shirts. And LE defines a small as someone with a 35"-37" chest (see their size chart). LE is probably going after the BB customer, the 40-year-old who thinks he's slim because he's not obese. But really he's no Michaelangelo's David in the shower. Bottom line is these slim fit cuts probably are slim in the big picture but they are not going to be slim like the shirts from SW&D-approved boutiques. This is Lands' End; their shit is going to be middle-of-the-road. A 32" chest would be a Boys' size 16, right? That's an L in the Boys' department. You'd have Boys XL between the L and Mens' Small. A 32" chest might not even be Mens' X-Small. If I had a 32" chest and wanted slim-fitting shirts, I'd look at size 14 and size 16 shirts. LE makes a 14 slim and a 16 slim. The 16 slim chest is probably 38." Good luck finding your shirts man.