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post #2116 of 2381
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Originally Posted by Fueled By Fire View Post

I've tried a number of brands recommended here, but no luck. I'm 6'3 and 200 lbs and wear a 17' neck but only a 43' chest. I have a couple of Boss black labled dress shirts that fit very well, but want to try something different. Does anyone have any recommendations on a brand I can buy OTR? Or am I out of luck?

For a 17 inch neck the narrowest shirts around the chest I know of are Thomas Pink. Both their Classic Fit and Slim Fit shirts are 45 inches. That's probably a little wider than you would like, but may be worth a try.
post #2117 of 2381
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Originally Posted by Fueled By Fire View Post

I've tried a number of brands recommended here, but no luck. I'm 6'3 and 200 lbs and wear a 17' neck but only a 43' chest. I have a couple of Boss black labled dress shirts that fit very well, but want to try something different. Does anyone have any recommendations on a brand I can buy OTR? Or am I out of luck?

I like Boss Black label (slim) as well and have found Nordstrom Trim Fit to fit me well. A tiny bit larger than Boss Black, but not by too much, and much cheaper than Boss.
post #2118 of 2381
Got the Brooks non-iron extra slim-fit just the other day, and I have to say, although it fits me better than all my other shirts, it's still a bit poofy (just a tiny bit). I'm just starting to build up my wardrobe so don't want to settle for that slight poofiness, what other brands can I try? What's slimmer OTR? Or is MTM the only other alternative?
post #2119 of 2381
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Originally Posted by ustudent View Post

Got the Brooks non-iron extra slim-fit just the other day, and I have to say, although it fits me better than all my other shirts, it's still a bit poofy (just a tiny bit). I'm just starting to build up my wardrobe so don't want to settle for that slight poofiness, what other brands can I try? What's slimmer OTR? Or is MTM the only other alternative?

Get the shirt taken in. Any half decent tailor can do it.

post #2120 of 2381
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Originally Posted by Frankie22 View Post

Get the shirt taken in. Any half decent tailor can do it.

Wondering if there are any other comparable brands that may be slimmer. If there are, I could just buy those instead of wasting money on alterations.

Also, the shirts a non-iron. guy at bb said alterations would mean it'll no longer be non-iron. true?


Thanks!
post #2121 of 2381
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Originally Posted by ustudent View Post


Wondering if there are any other comparable brands that may be slimmer. If there are, I could just buy those instead of wasting money on alterations.
Also, the shirts a non-iron. guy at bb said alterations would mean it'll no longer be non-iron. true?
Thanks!

Try the Thomas Pink extra slim shirt.

 

No idea what the BB guy is talking about. A non iron shirt is "non iron" because it is chemically treated. Aside from changing the lines of the shirt, which might call for the need to iron, I can't see why the shirt would no longer be "non iron". 

 

As mentioned, a non iron shirt still needs to be touched up with an iron, the difference is the amount of ironing that actually needs to be done.

 

Regular shirt = painting the whole house. Non iron shirt = touching up the trim.

post #2122 of 2381
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Originally Posted by ustudent View Post

Got the Brooks non-iron extra slim-fit just the other day, and I have to say, although it fits me better than all my other shirts, it's still a bit poofy (just a tiny bit). I'm just starting to build up my wardrobe so don't want to settle for that slight poofiness, what other brands can I try? What's slimmer OTR? Or is MTM the only other alternative?


You can try Charles Tyrwhitt Tailored fit.

post #2123 of 2381
I think Boss Black slim fit does the trick. If you are looking for good non-iron your best bet is bb extra slim fit or charles t. tailored fit. Really you cant come close to those two on price for product. I get my bb during the 40% off sale they are around 45 each and ct has deals all the time to get shirts for that same price. For a quality shirt 45 is unbeatable.
post #2124 of 2381

Having just visited many stores on the search for the perfect-fitted, affordable OTR shirt, I made the following ranking based on how slim the shirts are, in general (not taking specific measurements, etc.). For reference, I'm 5'8'', 145lb, ~10% BF (14'' neck, 33'' sleeve, 36-37'' chest, 29'' waist). The price ranges are what I expect to buy for, when they're on really good sale. Also, please be aware that everything is biased, based on my own experiences.

 

13. Lands End - S (Tailored Fit) [$15-30]: An entire size too big. Good quality for the price.

12. J. Crew - S [$30-45]: Pretty boxy; practically an entire size too big. Great quality.

11. Banana Republic - S (Regular) [$30-40]: Pretty boxy. Quality is a step lower than J. Crew's.

10. Express - S (Fitted) [$35-45]: Typical "slim-fit", but still too boxy for me. Horrible quality.

9. Old Navy - S (Slim) [$15-20]: Slightly slimmer than Express'. Horrible quality, but it's expected.

8. Club Monaco - S (Slim) [$30-40]: About the same as Old Navy's. Quality is a step lower than J. Crew.

7. J. Crew - XS [$30-45]: Slightly slimmer than Old Navy's, but still not slim enough for me. Great quality.

6. Banana Republic - S (Slim Fit) [$30-40]: Slightly slimmer than J. Crew's. Quality is a step lower than J. Crew's.

5. Brooks Brothers - S (Extra-Slim Fit) [$40-60]: Slightly slimmer than Banana Republic's; great fit. Amazing quality.

4. H&M - S (Slim) [$15-25]: Slightly slimmer than Brooks Brother's; ideal fit. Poor quality, but suitable to the cheap price.

3. Zara - S (Slim) [$40-50]: About the same as H&M; ideal fit. Pretty poor quality.

2. Express - S (Extra-Slim) [$35-45]: Slightly slimmer than Zara; a little too slim for my tastes. Horrible quality.

1. Club Monaco - XS (Slim) [$30-40]: Slightly slimmer or same as Express'; a little too slim for my tastes and collar is just a little too small. Quality is a step lower than J. Crew's.

 

 

 

Notes: I forgot to write down whether the J. Crew shirts I tried on were Regular or Slim-Fit (I think they were Slim, but I'm not entirely certain). I should also try on Banana Republic's XS Slim just to see how it compares to Club Monaco's XS Slim.

 

In conclusion, BB ESF and H&M Slim are my two favorites. H&M has my preferred fit, but the quality is nothing compared to BB's. In contrast, BB has amazing quality, but it's slightly too boxy compared to H&M's fit. However, this small difference in fit is pretty negligible compared to the huge difference in quality. Thus, I use BB for my main versatile shirts, whereas I have H&M shirts for back-ups, less-popular patterns, more extravagant colors, etc. Wardrobe-wise, I plan to keep ~5 BB ESF shirts and ~5-7 H&M shirts (if I weren't a poor grad student, I'd use BB or MTM almost exclusively). Banana Republic might be a good compromise between H&M's prices and BB's quality, though I know how much SF abhors its quality.


Edited by nihilest - 5/19/12 at 4:52pm
post #2125 of 2381

I was thinking about picking up a Dolce & Gabanna dress shirt, how slim do these run and what's the quality like? I've never found anything slim enough for me except Band of Outsiders, and they don't make dress shirts. Theory, Boss Black slim, Hugo slim, have all been too big. I would say Nordstrom's Calibrate slim fit was decent but still a little big, and I didn't like the quality.

post #2126 of 2381
If you are in New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia --- please do yourself a favor and visit a store called Daffy's. I know I proselytize the chain a lot here on SF, but the one thing they do better than anyone else is fitted shirts. You will not find a better-made fitted shirt at a better price than at Daffy's. They have tons of Italian-made slim fit shirts, all at $29.99 -- forget your mall stores, custom shirt makers and flash sale sites. It may take some time to find what you're looking for, but you will not find a better deal anywhere else. And if you have questions about brands/labels you are seeing, feel free to PM me -- I am more than happy to help weed out the junk from the quality.
post #2127 of 2381
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Originally Posted by guy321 View Post

If you are in New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia --- please do yourself a favor and visit a store called Daffy's. I know I proselytize the chain a lot here on SF, but the one thing they do better than anyone else is fitted shirts. You will not find a better-made fitted shirt at a better price than at Daffy's. They have tons of Italian-made slim fit shirts, all at $29.99 -- forget your mall stores, custom shirt makers and flash sale sites. It may take some time to find what you're looking for, but you will not find a better deal anywhere else. And if you have questions about brands/labels you are seeing, feel free to PM me -- I am more than happy to help weed out the junk from the quality.

I have been to Daffy's quite a bit, but I have yet to find a shirt that fits me well. I generally wear a 16.5/33. Many of the shirts there don't come in the "short" version. Maybe these work well for those needing a regular length. The one shirt I did find in short was a 32/33, but the tails were not long enough, and it kept coming out of my pants. For a point of comparison, I usually wear Charles Tyrwhitt slim or tailored fit shirts. They always have my size in all of the styles available, and cost $40.

post #2128 of 2381
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Originally Posted by nihilest View Post

Having just visited many stores on the search for the perfect-fitted, affordable OTR shirt, I made the following ranking based on how slim the shirts are, in general (not taking specific measurements, etc.). For reference, I'm 5'8'', 145lb, ~10% BF (14'' neck, 33'' sleeve, 36-37'' chest, 29'' waist).

Wow, thanks for that list.  I'm 5'11", 145lbs, 14" neck, 33" sleeve, 37" chest, 29" waist, so I should be pretty comparable in size. I have a number of BR shirts right now, and while I like their colors, they're not quite as slim fit as I'd like, and their quality leaves something to be desired.  The best shirts I've found so far are Piattelli trim fit at a Barneys Outlet - fit like a glove and on sale for 3 for $210, but I don't have a Barneys outlet anywhere close to me.  I'll have to check out the BB extra slim fit.

post #2129 of 2381

nihilest - I really don't know how you can say that JCrew shirts are 'great quality.' The couple I have (from before I was on SF, BTW) are supposedly fine cotton dress shirts, but the cuffs are so lightweight that they wrinkle. That should never happen on a dress shirt. Collars are similarly poor.

 

By far the best-fitting OTR shirt I have come across is the tailored fit from Charles Tyrwhitt. Comparable quality to Brooks Brothers, if not better in some respects, and the fit is excellent. Plus they will do custom sleeve lengths for you for just a little extra.

post #2130 of 2381

Among the bigger brands, Brooks Brother's are still better overall.

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