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post #1996 of 2394
I've got a 10" drop (44/34) and I'm 6'-4". (The picture's not a great likeness.)

After reading all 2000 posts in the thread, I went to a department store to try on some shirts before my shopping trip to NYC. Given self-descriptions above by others I decided that a Calvin Klein Slim fit would probably be the shirt for me. Not so.

The CK have heinous darts all over them. It's like they took a regular fit shirt and took it in everywhere. The most surprising and offensive were half an inch in front of the yoke on the shoulders running inward a couple of inches from the sleeve seam, as if to also reduce the arm hole. Right in front! I guess you could cover it with large epaulets... the ones with tassles.

On a 17/35 CK shirt the chest was so snug I'd bet I could rip it Hulk-like if I hugged myself, while the waist seem nice and trim. There's a more like a 3" drop in a shirt of that size.

I tried on a RL Polo Custom fit Oxford (large) as they had no dress shirts where I was. While it was a bit roomier at the waist, I could move my shoulders in it. I found MY slim fit shirt I think, despite that there's a tendency for the top collar button to "collapse" or slump when unbottoned. Maybe in a more structured shirt this won't be a problem....or with some starch.

(Also tried on two other makes: Black and Brown slim fit and a Nautica Athletic fit. Niether did.)
post #1997 of 2394
A brand that has really worked for me is Express fitted shirts. I've been very satisfied with them. I wear them out and people always commenting as if they were custom tailored.
post #1998 of 2394
I enjoy express shirts as well!
post #1999 of 2394
Got my first shirt in from ModernTailor.com. The fit is spot on from the measurements I gave them. They even caught a discrepancy in the measurements that would have resulted in an awkward result; I fixed the problem and the shirt arrived in about 3-4 weeks. I ordered the Black shirt they have on sale. Not the greatest material, but now that I know they can nail the measurements I will order more from the them. I got my measurements from a reasonably well-fitting off-the-rack Tailored Fit shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt I ordered online a few months back. I trimmed the measurements a bit to bring in the torso, chest and arms like I prefer, and whammo: a real slim-fitting shirt. The trick is to make sure you're measuring from a shirt you already find appealing in fit.
post #2000 of 2394
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Originally Posted by Costanza View Post
I've got a 10" drop (44/34) and I'm 6'-4". (The picture's not a great likeness.)

After reading all 2000 posts in the thread, I went to a department store to try on some shirts before my shopping trip to NYC. Given self-descriptions above by others I decided that a Calvin Klein Slim fit would probably be the shirt for me. Not so.

The CK have heinous darts all over them. It's like they took a regular fit shirt and took it in everywhere. The most surprising and offensive were half an inch in front of the yoke on the shoulders running inward a couple of inches from the sleeve seam, as if to also reduce the arm hole. Right in front! I guess you could cover it with large epaulets... the ones with tassles.

On a 17/35 CK shirt the chest was so snug I'd bet I could rip it Hulk-like if I hugged myself, while the waist seem nice and trim. There's a more like a 3" drop in a shirt of that size.

I tried on a RL Polo Custom fit Oxford (large) as they had no dress shirts where I was. While it was a bit roomier at the waist, I could move my shoulders in it. I found MY slim fit shirt I think, despite that there's a tendency for the top collar button to "collapse" or slump when unbottoned. Maybe in a more structured shirt this won't be a problem....or with some starch.

(Also tried on two other makes: Black and Brown slim fit and a Nautica Athletic fit. Niether did.)

Today at BB I tried on a slim fit and an extra slim fit in 16.5/36. They were nice shirts and it was very nice to get the extra inch on the sleeves, but the ES fit has a higher, smaller arm hole that I found uncomfortable. The slim fit was quite comparable to the RL custom fit. BB has a 2 for 1 on right now, but I could find two I really liked and I'm headed to NYC for shopping soon so no sale in Toronto today.
post #2001 of 2394
Anybody know anything about extra slim-fit shirt companies? Even the ex slim-fit shirts at bbros. are a bit pillow-casey around the waist. I don't know if it matters, but my high waist (belly button) is 29.6 inches. I'm a slim jim.

slimmest shirts possible please? tired of not being able to show off the purple label of waists.
post #2002 of 2394
^ I'm probably like you. As long as you have a proportionately skinny neck, Boss black label slim fit has treated me well in a pinch. At $95 to $120 a pop, though, getting a nicer shirt and tailoring it is a better bet. I also like the Saks label slim fit shirts at Off 5th. At ~$40, I sized down from my usual 15" (which was a bit too loose in the neck) to a 14.5" (which was slightly too snug) and had the button moved a tiny bit with minimal fudging of the collar gap
post #2003 of 2394
I'm more of a relaxed shirt wearer! So for the there is only one brand! GITMAN Vintage... For my build ( 178cm, 65kg), it's the best shirt you'll ever own! The fit is perfect, in the neck, back and back, and the fabrics are the best! My most recent purchase is a blend of linen and cotton that is not of this world. Sorry about the over enthusiasm but there perfect. As for the price, what's good can't be on the cheap side! But they're not so expensive that I can buy a couple of them every other month. A must have!!!!!!
post #2004 of 2394
Would it be a sin to try Lands End Tailored fit? I'm in search of the budget dress shirt. I can accept the fit of the LEC shirts but their collars are way too flimsy for my liking.
post #2005 of 2394
Thread Starter 
An issue I've noticed recently with so-called 'custom or slim fit' shirts is that instead of actually creating new patterns that utilize either darts and / or curve above the waist and then extend out again to go over the hips, shirts are cut straight down, so unless you are pencil-thin you are unable to wear the shirts. RLPL custom fit shirts are impossible to wear for example, whereas the regular RLPL shirts are way too big.

Many companies seem to be scrambling to make slim fit shirts without understating what a slim-fit shirt entails. At the same time, for some unbeknownst reason, many men are unable to understand the concept that RTW shirts, like suits, trousers, or jackets must many times also be altered to get the 'correct' fit.

As well, as slim-fit becomes more and more popular, many men think that they have the body type that fits into slim-fit shirts / trousers / jackets and that is certainly not the case. Most of the American population can barley fit into say a RL Polo (blue label) slim-cut Bradford jacket, to say nothing of a RLBL jacket...! While personally the slim-fit trend is great for my body type (drop 8), people need to worry about things 'fitting' correctly. Your shirt doesn't need to be a 'slim-fit', it needs to be a 'fits-my-body fit'.

So, if you fit into perfectly into a regular-fit RTW shirt, but the waist is too lose, have it taken in via darts and / or side seams. Don't go hunting perpetually for the perfect 'fits-my-body fit' shirt, you might never find it...
post #2006 of 2394
which one is slimmer ? Paul smith tailored fit or slim fit?
post #2007 of 2394
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-black-slim-fit-dress-shirt/3079410?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=357

Any thoughts on the Boss Black Slim Fit Dress shirts? Tempted to give one a try due to the big sale at Nordstrom. Linked to the purple due to the reviews being hosted there but I'd probably be interested in getting a light blue. I'd be interested to hear about the collar, the herringbone pattern (nice subtle touch to differentiate it from my other light blue shirts or too much?), slimness (obviously) and how easily does it wrinkle.

Thanks in advance.
post #2008 of 2394
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Originally Posted by JTK View Post

I'm trying to find the name of an American shirt maker that's been mentioned in this thread a few times. It's a fairly new maker, based on east coast, and the shirts feature lower buttons and collars that are supposed to stay up. I searched through the threads but I can't seem to find the name.

Ledbury?
post #2009 of 2394
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Originally Posted by kiteandkey View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by JTK View Post

I'm trying to find the name of an American shirt maker that's been mentioned in this thread a few times. It's a fairly new maker, based on east coast, and the shirts feature lower buttons and collars that are supposed to stay up. I searched through the threads but I can't seem to find the name.

Ledbury?

This is the one!! THANKS!!
post #2010 of 2394

Good to hear it's all okay for you now :)

 

I've found the best slim fit shirts are actually relatively difficult to find

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