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Brooks Brothers Shirt Sizing (Extra Slim Fit)

post #1 of 26
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking to buy 4 extra slim fit staple shirts from the Brooks Brothers semi-annual sale. Being in Canada, I can't just go to a local BB store to find my size. These'll be my first decent quality dress shirts, so I'm doing all I can to get the sizing right. Can anybody point me in the right direction regarding what measurements I'd need to get the right size?

Thanks
post #2 of 26
Uh, not sure I understand your question, but neck size and sleeve length, perhaps?
post #3 of 26
Careful, ESF did not fit me at all. Had to give the shirt to my father. Too narrow in the shoulders and too wide in the waist. And I am pretty standard size. I would recommend getting one to try first.
post #4 of 26
I was trying on a suit three weeks ago with their sample pull over extra slim shirt and it fits me perfectly. I have an athletic build body frame. I'm going to go pick up my suit right now and will try the ESF shirts again. I'll post an update later on tonight.
post #5 of 26
It's pretty hard to guess by your measurements as even shirts with the same neck size but different sleeve lengths vary in the shoulder and waist width. If you have trouble accessing decent shirts where you are located, they are probably worth the gamble. Get your neck size and sleeve measurements right. If you have a small frame or are thin, my guess is that they will still be large on you but probably acceptable for under a jacket or BCD.
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by acecow View Post
Careful, ESF did not fit me at all. Had to give the shirt to my father.

I gave mine to my son. It's his go-to interview shirt along with a BBBF that was also too narrow in the shoulders and chest for me.It would never have fit my Dad.
post #7 of 26
What's your body type? I'm slim/athletic and the ESF shirts are the only BB shirts that don't balloon for me.

Make sure you get the MIA ones. They're all-cotton. Don't bother with the non-iron ones, they're not as good quality and look weird, IMO.

I just went with my usual size (15"), and all was okay. Do you know your measurements? It's really the cut that's different. If you're a 15" you're a 15".

If you have big pecs steer clear, though. High arm holes and little extra room will mean you'll have some stretch. SF would be better in that case.
post #8 of 26
As others already mentioned, ESF is great if you're slim or runner/swimmer athletic, but not if you're weightlifting athletic. The shoulders and underarms are relatively slim and it is almost a straight cut down from there, with some mild tapering.

They are a true slim fit. To give you an idea, I wear 38 in slim cut suits, and the ESF 15-32/33 or small fit me well currently. About a year ago when I was lifting weights regularly, I had to size up to 15.5-32/33 and a medium because of the shoulder/chest.

I own mostly dress shirts but recently tried their sportshirts and think they are the best cut/quality at this pricepoint. I never thought I would buy casual shirts from BB, but it worked out well. Their ESF are cut slimmer than anything you will find at typical "mall" stores like Banana or J. Crew.
post #9 of 26
Sportin makes a great point. So many people on here say "I'm 'athletic' build, and X fit me; if you have an 'athletic' build, X should fit you." When I think of athletes, I think of guys who play contact sports--guys with muscles. Some people also use the term to describe marathon runners or tennis players--guys with little bodyfat, but no muscles. Many "slim fit" items will look awful on a guy with muscles. I was ready to buy the BB Fitzgerald fit seersucker suit recently after trying on the jacket, but the pants were too big in the waist yet way too tight in the seat and thighs, and I doubt anyone would describe me as a big guy. Clearly cut for someone with no lower body curves to speak of.
post #10 of 26
If you have a very thin from with not much of a drop from shoulder to waist, the ESF will be great for you. I recently ordered two and while I don't consider myself to have an especially bulky frame, my shoulders were just too wide for the shirt.
post #11 of 26
Athletic on Style Forum definitely means like runner or at at the most Federer type body. No way does it mean ripped in the T.O., Dwight Howard frame.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post
What's your body type? I'm slim/athletic and the ESF shirts are the only BB shirts that don't balloon for me.

Make sure you get the MIA ones. They're all-cotton. Don't bother with the non-iron ones, they're not as good quality and look weird, IMO.

I just went with my usual size (15"), and all was okay. Do you know your measurements? It's really the cut that's different. If you're a 15" you're a 15".

If you have big pecs steer clear, though. High arm holes and little extra room will mean you'll have some stretch. SF would be better in that case.

What's MIA? Because I ordered non iron since they don't have ESF at their store.
post #13 of 26
Made in America (in the Garland Shirt Factory in NC). I don't care for the non-iron fabric either. Kind of shiny and chemically smooth.
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post
Made in America (in the Garland Shirt Factory in NC). I don't care for the non-iron fabric either. Kind of shiny and chemically smooth.
I guess you don't have a choice if you order these? The classic ESF doesn't have that many fabric options.
post #15 of 26
I am about a 40 chest and a 33 waist. I had to get ESF shirts taken in. So, ultimately ESF shirts are no different than regular fit. Be open to buying a cheaper shirt, b/c the shirt is going to need alternations either way.
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