Hello all, I'm been lurking on this forum, soaking up all the good fashion advice until now. Â For a guy who's about to enter the work force, this forum is a godsend (conversly, if I don't finish my thesis on time, it'll be because I've become addicted to this forum.) In any case, I've been inspired to purchase a jantzen shirt. Â I've read all the posts on jantzen religiously, but some information is conflicting, and I still have some questions. Â I suspect that many people are in my boat--they want to order a jantzen shirt, but have reservations. Â So, if you're sick and tired of reading about jantzen shirts, read no further. Â But if you relish the thought of designing a shirt to perfection (given some criteria)... This shirt I'm designing is meant for 'fun', i.e. going to a jazz bar, celebrating at a good restaurant, seeing a nice show, etc. I would not be wearing this shirt to meet important clients, or wearing it to work (unless it was casual day). I want this shirt to look good with these outfits (in order of importance): fitted dark navy pinstripe suit untucked with dark jeans dark blazer and gray slacks I'm envisioning a: baby pink shirt http://www.jantzentailor.com/dobby145.htm or http://www.jantzentailor.com/dobby53.htm with: regular spread collar thick MOP buttons rounded french cuff I've measured a reasonably good fitting shirt and I know exactly the kind of fit I'm aiming for (form fit: no flap under my arms, no billowing at my waist in the back). Here are some questions: 1. Â Does jantzen allow for shrinkage? Â For instance, if I specify 33" for sleeves, will I get a shirt that has the sleeve length exactly 33"? or will I get one that's 33.5"? 2. Â Can I wear french cuffs without cufflinkss casually? Â I know this is a faux pas to some, but I saw a guy the other day with french cuffs but no cufflinks and he looked pretty good. 3. Â Do you really measure you shirts like the order form specifies? Â http://www.jantzentailor.com/howtomeasure.htm i.e. measuring the arch of the back for both sleeves and back. Â I've always measured my shirts like this: http://www.listerouge-paris.com/meas...structions.php i.e. straight across the back. Â If you measure the arch of the shoulders, I should add an .5''-1" to my straight measurements 4. Â I have a rather big oval head. Â Measuring around the top of my head (where a hat would go) is 23". Â Measuring the circumference in the other direction (top of head to under chin to top of head) is 27". Â Should I go for a bigger collar? Â http://www.jantzentailor.com/orderform.htm Right now I'm thinking #4 or #5 (they look exactly the same). Â Maybe I should get #28, or #P-15 5. Â Is there any standard way to measure my arm holes? Â I definitely want to avoid baggy fabric under my arms. Â But I'm not sure how to make that measurement. 6. Â For the form fit, does he give a lot of clearance in the cuffs? Â I like my cuffs to go down to the first knuckle on my thumb. Â Should I measure the circumference of my hand there, or measure the circumference of my wrist (which is 2.5 inches smaller) since it looks like that's the measurement he asks for. Â In other words, if you said your wrists were 7", do you get cuffs that are 8" or 10" in the form fit? 7. Â He says to "enclose photo of your body share." Â Does that mean I should just take some pictures of myself and send them in? 8. Â Any thoughts on back pleats? 9. Â He has a pretty ghetto order form (I wonder if I'd get some free shirts if I offered to rework it for him?...hmmm...). Â It does not have any encryption, hence, I'm loathe to send my credit card information to him through the form. Â What's the best way to get that info to him? Â Call, fax, snail mail? Wow, this turned out to be a bit wordy. Â Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can give.
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4/2/04 at 11:30pm