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post #16 of 30
if you're wearing extra-slim fit i dont think you would have that thick of a body, i guess by SF standards maybe. the way is see it, is if you're the type that says jcrew feels baggy then yea extraslim fit probably would be the way to go. I personally wear slim fits which not too tight but certainly not loose, and have a pretty average body=type. I only have the luxury line non-iron which i like a lot, though sometimes they do need a quick 10 second iron job since the coating is not as plasticky as in other brands.
post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 
Another quick question, does anyone know if Brooks Brothers adjust their sizes to shrinkage? I mean, if I order a 16 1/2, will I get a 16 1/2 which will shrink to permanently become a 16 or will I get a 17 that will shrink to permanently become a 16 1/2?
post #18 of 30
There are other threads about BB shirts that you can find with the search box. You'll get more and better answers by searching and reading than by asking questions and hoping that the right person replies with a correct answer.

They are a great deal on sale -- esp. the OCBDs.
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by The Silverfox View Post

Another quick question, does anyone know if Brooks Brothers adjust their sizes to shrinkage? I mean, if I order a 16 1/2, will I get a 16 1/2 which will shrink to permanently become a 16 or will I get a 17 that will shrink to permanently become a 16 1/2?

I haven't experienced much shrinkage, unlike, say, George Costanza.
post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Dewey View Post

There are other threads about BB shirts that you can find with the search box. You'll get more and better answers by searching and reading than by asking questions and hoping that the right person replies with a correct answer.
They are a great deal on sale -- esp. the OCBDs.

Yeah, that's probably true. I just figured that I'd ask rather than dig through pages and pages of irrelevant stuff when I had a specific comparison question between non-iron and regular cotton, and once I had the thread I just figured I'd keep the conversation going, but obviously stuff like shrinkage is something that's likely to have been written about before.

But now that I have you here, I've never had a OCBD, how does it compare to the pinpoint cotton button down that I was planning on ordering?

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=203&Product_Id=1420322&Sub_Product_Id=1420462&default_color=White
post #21 of 30
Haha, now you are just making lame excuses to be lazy and not do your homework.

http://bit.ly/uGJ8t0

Seriously you will be better served if you research this stuff and study it. The odds of getting reliable information from threads like this are lower than you think. You could get trolled -- someone could answer a dumbass question with a dumbass answer, to play a trick on the dumbass -- or you could get an answer from a hyperactive newcomer, who is too eager to share what little knowledge he has, or you could get a straight answer. Meanwhile you won't know the difference because you are asking questions like, "what is an OCBD?"

Oxford cloth is heavier than pinpoint. The OCBD is the staple shirt that BB offers. Buy them in blue, ecru, and blue stripe. Then maybe red stripe and white.
post #22 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hehe, worth a try, right?

I know what OCBD is, I've just never had it, so while I know that it's both heavier and more casual than other cloths, and has a "light" version from royal oxford, I've never had it so don't know how comfortable they are on the body and all that. The thing is that I tend to dislike cotton as I think wool is more comfortable because of softness, smoothness and breathability, which is why I'm leaning towards the pinpoint. I've just noticed that my favourite shirts tend to be the ones made from lighter and finer cloths.

So the input I was looking for wasn't so much the textbook definition of OCBD, but rather the more subtle nuances of how they feel on the body... they're lighter, but that could both make them feel softer and make them feel flimsy. Or at least that was my reasoning, if that makes any sense.
post #23 of 30
You're never going to get a useful response to such a subjective open ended query.
BB are fairly decent shirts at a good price right now. Just buy some and judge for yourself.
Asking more questions about subtle nuances isn't going to help you make up your mind.
post #24 of 30
Thread Starter 
Yep, I've more or less decided on one from the luxury line, two broadcloth with stiff collars from the pure cotton line and one button-down from the pure cotton line, and I was just contemplating whether to make it pinpoint or oxford cloth. Not a big life decision, but I'm somewhat anal about choosing the "right" thing however small of an issue it might be.
post #25 of 30
In my experience the BB OCBDs shrink quite a bit. I do wash them at home and put them in the dryer. I usually order up a half neck size and a sleeve size.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by TexasDan View Post

In my experience the BB OCBDs shrink quite a bit. I do wash them at home and put them in the dryer. I usually order up a half neck size and a sleeve size.

I wash cold and hang dry. The BB OCBDs shrink for sure. I size up .5 in the neck and at least 1 inch in the sleeves, compared to all my other BB must iron shirts. White shrinks the most.
post #27 of 30

They told me in the store that they account for the shrinkage when they make them and that the size is correct after shrinking. 

They also said the shirts they have for trying on are already pre-shrunk (the sleeveless ones).  I haven't owned any BB shirts yet, is this bad info?

post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 
Right, well I just made the order so I guess I'm stuck with it now, for better or for worse. I didn't size up, so I just ordered the size I'm hoping it will end up as (16,5neck and 37sleeve). Didn't order OCBD or anything with non-ironin treatment. Got 1 in egyptian cotton, 2 in broadcloth and 1 in pinpoint, so hoping those won't shrink as much as "regular" oxford cloth. In any case I ordered the longest sleeves they had on them (37) so sizing up in the sleeve isn't really an option either way.
post #29 of 30
One suggestion, take a look at Brooks size guide

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=203&Product_Id=1420322&Sub_Product_Id=1420462&default_color=White&cmp=AFC_CJ_VigLink_Brooks+Brothers+Product+Catalog#

Scroll down, they have complete measurements (chest, waist, length) for their various fits.

A purely subjective observation, the wrist opening for the Brothers shirts runs large. My wrists are on the slim side, so I notice this.
post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 
Yep I took a look at it, which is what prompted me to go with slim fit. I'm about 44 inches at the chest (or a little less), which should make the 50 or so inches of slim fit suit me fine as what I've seen recommended before is that you add 6-8 inches to your chest-size for freedom of movement.

I hope the wrists are a bit wide on them as you say, as I have a rather large watch (44mm and pretty thick), so hopefully I can wear that watch with these shirts without causing interference.

EDI: Of course if the watch doesn't fit underneath, I guess this might be my ideal excuse to copy Gianni Agnelli in his way of wearing a watch on the outside of his shirt in addition to his love of brooks brothers shirts.
Edited by The Silverfox - 12/25/11 at 3:20pm
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