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post #16 of 32
No. They look feminine, they attract attention, they are a sign of a less competent tailor (in case of bespoke).

Of course, if you never take off your jacket, it doesn't matter.
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by SpallaCamiccia View Post
My tailor said that If I add darts to a shirt with pleats, due to my skinny body the shirt will look hump on me. Is it for real?

no it won't. at least for me. i have a D&G denim-stripe dress shirt that is amazing.

it has a box pleat but two darts on the backside.

it is a very slimming shirt (not sure if it is due to the darts or just the cut of the shirt)
but the chest area/shoulder area is reminiscient of the borrellis i have. very masculine.


it is an amazing shirt, and it absolutely doesnt look like a hump or anything.
post #18 of 32
I don't really understand the point of darts. I've never had a shirt that couldn't be reshaped properly without them.
post #19 of 32
I have a sport shirt with darts, and every time I iron it, I can't shake the feeling that I'm ironing one of my wife's blouses.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
I don't really understand the point of darts. I've never had a shirt that couldn't be reshaped properly without them.

I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.
post #21 of 32
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I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.

The posture bit makes sense, I suppose. But I'm glad I don't need them.
post #22 of 32
If it helps make the shirt fit the way you want then do it.
post #23 of 32
If I had to take in the waist, I'd have them do it from the sides. If my shirt is expensive enough to have hand-finished touches, I wouldn't do it the injustice of adding darts.
post #24 of 32
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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post
I have a sport shirt with darts, and every time I iron it, I can't shake the feeling that I'm ironing one of my wife's blouses.

I got some fun !

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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.

I usually diminish them, but those are Finamores and won´t like to have the handmade shoulders redone by machine. So should I add darts then ?
post #25 of 32
the thing i am curious about the darts is,

if you need to take in a bit of blouse, wouldnt darts alter the line of the front and sides of the shirt?
like wouldnt it look like your shirt is warped back a bit?

i would think taking in at the side seam would maintain the side profile balance?
post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.

... specifically, if your drop is larger than average, it is quasi-impossible to create a fitted shirt without darts because there are limits to how curved you can make the side seams; plus, there is the complication of the back being a 3D structure that not only tapers sideways, but inwards (i.e., the z-plane).

in most cases though, one won't need them.
post #27 of 32
FWIW, Dege put darts in mine.


- B
post #28 of 32
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I have a sport shirt with darts, and every time I iron it, I can't shake the feeling that I'm ironing one of my wife's blouses.

post #29 of 32
A good tailor will open up the shirt to remove excess fabric on the sides then restitch with a slightly tapered effect. Runs about $30.
post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by tpap View Post
No. They look feminine, they attract attention, they are a sign of a less competent tailor (in case of bespoke).

Of course, if you never take off your jacket, it doesn't matter.

I'm pretty sure they only look feminine if you're used to seeing sack-shaped clothes designed to hide unappealing bodies.
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