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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

So I'm fat and I want to buy a shirt which actually fits well. I'm also only 5 9, so when I buy a larger size shirt the arms are almost always far too long.

 

I guess I need to go made to measure (and to lose weight, working on that one as well!), and on the internet on my limited budget, but I was wondering if anyone else out there was larger and had any recommendations as to who actually follows the larger measurements well when making a shirt.

 

Any thoughts (except for lose weight, as I say...I'm working on that one!).

post #2 of 17

What's your neck size? I'm guessing for your height you need a 34-35" sleeve?

 

Check out the sizing charts at Charles Tyrwhitt, maybe there's somethng for you in there:

 

http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/Formal-shirts-sizing-guide?cnt=sizing-guides

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for that. It isn't just the sleeve length I have an issue with though - it is the size of the gut, especially when I sit down - hence me thinking I should maybe look into made to measure.
 

post #4 of 17

You should still measure yourself and see if there's something that fits, there are many internet stores with size charts. Generally speaking, you want your shirts to be 2 - 4 inches bigger than your actual measurement.

post #5 of 17
where are you located?

Here's the thing: most shirts in most brands are cut monstrously large in the US. I'm 5 10, 215 lbs, and most are huge on me, despite having a relatively small neck I'd suggest going to a store like Brooks Brothers, or even Jos A Bank (but wait for a buy one get three free sale or something) and trying on some shirts

What neck size do you wear? That might have something to do with the problem
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm an 18.5 neck. Based in the UK. In terms of waist, 46 inch trousers, but with a bit of a gut, so bigger shirts are OK, until I sit down.

 

For example, a Lewin 19 inch regular fit shirt gives me the extra width I need when stood up, but when I sit down it pulls on the central button.

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jgeldner View Post

where are you located?
Here's the thing: most shirts in most brands are cut monstrously large in the US. I'm 5 10, 215 lbs, and most are huge on me, despite having a relatively small neck I'd suggest going to a store like Brooks Brothers, or even Jos A Bank (but wait for a buy one get three free sale or something) and trying on some shirts
What neck size do you wear? That might have something to do with the problem


I'm about 270lb. A little bigger. On the way down fast, but need something in the meantime until I fit into my wardrobe of slightly nicer clothes again.

 

Due to a sporting injury, haven't been able to do the usual twice weekly football game, hence the epic gain!

post #8 of 17
MTM?
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Yup, I'm thinking MTM, but don't know where would be a good place to start, and also interested if there is anyone out there on the larger side who can recommend a place which made it well so it didn't look like a tent!

 

http://www.moderntailor.com/ - are these guys any good?

post #10 of 17
Ah - you need US shirts - take a look at brooks brothers - their traditional fit in an 18.5 has a 59.75" waist measurement, compared to a 54" on the size 18 tm lewin regular fit

Lewin's 19 has a 58" waist, BB's has a 61.75"

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=204&Product_Id=502598&Parent_Id=207&default_color=BLUE&sort_by=&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=

I'm told the F&F sale (25% off basically everything) is starting on the 22nd
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Knottster View Post

Due to a sporting injury, haven't been able to do the usual twice weekly football game, hence the epic gain!

If an OTR shirt can fit you but the sleeves are too long, you can have a tailor shorten the sleeves.
With regards to the weight problem, first consult with your doctor and get a complete physical. Swimming is a gentle all around excersize and you won't pull any muscles. It may take a year but it will probably be the best thing you can do for yourself. You don't need to swim lengths right away but you do as much as is comfortable, then gradually increase the exercize as you are ready. With a doctors and dieticians approval, observe the old wisdom; 'breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper'. Never sleep on a full stomach and cut out all beer, junk food, sweets, snacks, crisps, etc. Your very life is in grave danger and the solution is not mtm clothes. I wish you the very best of luck and keep us updated. Welcome to Styleforum.
post #12 of 17

I second Brooks Brothers traditional fit. Many on this forum claim that they "fit like tents" so this may work for you.

 

Edit: If you are losing weight quickly, don't bother with MTM. It will cost too much money for something you won't wear in a few months. Also, the shirt may be too big for you by the time it is complete.

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

If an OTR shirt can fit you but the sleeves are too long, you can have a tailor shorten the sleeves.

This.

Personally,unless your need is dire, I'd not buy anything until your weight loss has plateaud as you're likely to lose some timber from your neck and you won't be able to alter your collars thus leaving you with a bunch of new shirts you can't wear. Set yourself a weightloss goal ( MOL's as always excellent advice notwithstanding ) and reward yourself with some new clobber when this goal is achieved.

Best of luck.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post


If an OTR shirt can fit you but the sleeves are too long, you can have a tailor shorten the sleeves.
With regards to the weight problem, first consult with your doctor and get a complete physical. Swimming is a gentle all around excersize and you won't pull any muscles. It may take a year but it will probably be the best thing you can do for yourself. You don't need to swim lengths right away but you do as much as is comfortable, then gradually increase the exercize as you are ready. With a doctors and dieticians approval, observe the old wisdom; 'breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper'. Never sleep on a full stomach and cut out all beer, junk food, sweets, snacks, crisps, etc. Your very life is in grave danger and the solution is not mtm clothes. I wish you the very best of luck and keep us updated. Welcome to Styleforum.

 

Thanks for the welcome - I like it here already!

 

In terms of the weight loss, I'm on the case. Using myfitnesspal and keeping the calories down and everything balanced. Hospital physio very soon, which will let me know what I can and can't do. The nature of the strain is actually pretty hard to pinpoint.

 

I do need a shirt or two whilst my weight is still high, due to the nature of my job. I'm fine dressing more casual over the summer, but I have 30 new staff I will be appointing soon who start in October, with a further 30 to add to that number in January, so I best at least look like I know what I am doing!

 

I think I'll give Brooks brothers a look, but liking the look of the intro shirt offer on http://www.moderntailor.com/. $19.99 for a "test shirt" in black or blue, with a white one for $24.99. Probably worth a punt in my case, even if short term.

post #15 of 17
Indeed you wont get much more for $24 even on the internet. If you do need to check out Brooks Brothers there is a store on Oxford Street or if you're anywhere near Oxford then Biecester Village has one. If you're any further north then you might struggle to get into one as I believe they are the only two locations in England.
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