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post #1681 of 2402
As a novice, I have a few dress shirt questions. If you expect to wash a shirt yourself, and it's 100% cotton, do you size up expecting it to shrink? Do you take measures to prevent shrinking? If you size up - by how much? (I am 6'3" with a 42" chest, 35.5" sleeve, and shrinking is my biggest problem) Any additional dress shirt upkeep advice would be greatly appreciated.
post #1682 of 2402
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Originally Posted by Vecna View Post
General dress shirt question: If you expect to wash a shirt yourself, and it's 100% cotton, do you size up expecting it to shrink? Do you take measures to prevent shrinking? If you size up - by how much?

Any additional dress shirt upkeep advice would be greatly appreciated.
I buy my correct size. Just make sure its just a little loose in some places. Shirts don't shrink one whole size unless they are very cheap ones. Also I dry my shirts on Low for only 10 minutes and then hang them. They don't shrink that way.
post #1683 of 2402
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post
I buy my correct size. Just make sure its just a little loose in some places. Shirts don't shrink one whole size unless they are very cheap ones. Also I dry my shirts on Low for only 10 minutes and then hang them. They don't shrink that way.

It's probably the fact that all of my dress shirts are from Macy's, which I plan on correcting soon (like I said, novice). Thanks for the input.
post #1684 of 2402
Hi, Someone on here was asking how slim the Nordstrom Trim Fit shirts are. Here are the numbers for a 15.5" collar shirt:
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I have received a response regarding the fit of the John W. Nordstrom® Trim Fit Egyptian Cotton Dress Shirt, and have included the measurements below. The chest measurement is 45", waist is 40" and the opening at the bottom of the garment is 42"
It looks like the Nordstrom Trim Fit is bigger in the chest but an inch slimmer in the waist compared to the Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit. BB ESF chest = 43.5" BB ESF waist = 41"
post #1685 of 2402
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Originally Posted by Phrost View Post
H&M Easy Iron shirts fit me really well. For ~$15, they are pretty good beater shirts for unbuttoned casual workplaces. Instead of darts, these shirts have two felled seams running down the back from shoulder yoke to shirt tail. When worn, they're noticeable but not bad imo. The shirts have high armholes, slim sleeves, and square cuffs. They have small straight collars that I have to leave unbuttoned. IMO, these small collars only look good on guys with smaller necks/faces. These shirts are great for tucking in.

Zara Slim Fit shirts fit well also. The necks are a little smaller on these ime. They have hidden back darts that leave a smooth back when tucked, no back pleats, rounded cuffs, high arm holes, and slim sleeves. These shirts also have similar small straight collars that look too contemporary fully buttoned up imho. ~$40-60

No chest pockets on either the Zara or H&M shirts.

I'm looking for a medium light/sky blue H&M Easy Iron shirt. The large one that I have is definitely too big for me. The sleeves are too long and loose and the body is billowy.

Those H&M's have been my saving grace especially at <$20. Long and lean, long and lean, long and lean
post #1686 of 2402
I wear a 16.5 Barba and they are my favorite fitting shirts. Based on BB's website measurements, a 16.5 BB ESF is a little bit larger than a Barba, which after minor shrinkage should fit great. But reading some of the entries on this thread gives me the feeling that they are tighter for some reason. Are BB's measurements off? Can anyone who owns both Barba and BB Extra Slim fit compare the two?

Thanks.
post #1687 of 2402
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post #1688 of 2402
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Originally Posted by dagman1 View Post
I have a Boss Slim Fit, Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit, and J.Crew Regular Fit (apparently the slimmer one) dress shirts.

I am 6' with about a 6-8" drop. I wear a 15.5/34. My favorite, all things considered, is the Boss shirt at $95. Then BB ESL at ~$70.

Boss is the slimmest fitting shirt of them all, likely because it has two darts in the back, while not being to tight in the chest. I would describe the fit as being close to perfect. The collar/cuff construction is great.

Brooks is the next slimmest, but my complaint is that they are slightly to slim in the chest, and slightly too large in the waist. They work, but they could be better is all. I think the reason is that they ado not have darts. If you work out, I would probably avoid, but if you are all around slimmer these would probably be good. But the exception would be the Supima oxford. The fit is the same. But the shirt is made in USA and the material is great. The collar is one of the better I've seen.

J.Crew is meh. The back is too tenty (not brutal but not great). The collar/cuff construction is flimsy compared to Boss and BB. That said I recently bought a J.Crew shirt because I got it on a steep sale. I will probably get all my J.Crew shirts darted, which I think will greatly improve on them.

Haven't tried much else worth mentioning. I will probably keep picking up Boss going forward. At $95 its well worth it.

I would agree with the Boss shirts. May not be the best material, but I'm about the same fit (15.5 32/33, 40 chest, 33 waist). I've had the luck of finding these shirts at Century 21 for about $50 a piece.

If you are fortunate to visit a Uniqlo store, their Medium size shirts fit very well. Could maybe takein a smidgen on the waist, but I'm happy with the way they are. Best of all, they are $30 and don't feel cheap.
post #1689 of 2402
I think that darted or tapered shirts make you look like a flamenco dancer or a bus boy. A slim cut should not be skin fitting.
post #1690 of 2402
Assuming you are wearing a dress shirt untucked... how long should it be in inches below the waist? Of course its suppose to be tucked in but if not untucked... how many inches? I heard 7' was good. The reason why i ask this is because i wore a dress shirt and i thought it was way too big because it was too long below my waist. The fitting was fine but it was just so long from top to bottom.
post #1691 of 2402
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Originally Posted by phatty123 View Post
Assuming you are wearing a dress shirt untucked... how long should it be in inches below the waist? Of course its suppose to be tucked in but if not untucked... how many inches? I heard 7' was good. The reason why i ask this is because i wore a dress shirt and i thought it was way too big because it was too long below my waist. The fitting was fine but it was just so long from top to bottom.

OK I just tried on my own shirts and they're about 6-7" longer. But it also depends on where you consider your waistline. If shirts are always too long on you then you'll have to find a maker they makes them for short men or have them altered.
post #1692 of 2402
about 6" longer works best for me, 7" or longer makes them to long
post #1693 of 2402
Is there anything you can buy in-store that fits and is priced similarly to brooks brothers' slim fit, but with slightly higher armholes? (I'm a 16 35) Note: The closest brooks brothers to me is the outlet, so I'm referring to these shirts. As far as I know, an outlet's slim fit is the same as the normal store's.
post #1694 of 2402
Try BB extra slim, they have higher arm holes I believe. I know they only get them at the outlet from time to time, but you can always try online.
post #1695 of 2402
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Originally Posted by sentenza View Post
Try BB extra slim, they have higher arm holes I believe. I know they only get them at the outlet from time to time, but you can always try online.
My concern is that it will be too slim. I have a 42 chest and 36 waist.
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