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If I'm being honest, I haven't checked prices very recently, I'm just going from recollection.  The reason I mentioned those options (there are more) is because even if everything is pretty darn close on the TML, CT, Pink, whatever, something is always still a little bit off.  If a shop is duplicating a shirt you've had tailored to fit you perfectly, common sense says that it also should be perfect.  If everything else is similar, I'm thinking it may be easier just to go MTM since you'd spend extra on tailoring anyway.  That's just my thought process though.  I am going to be giving the various MTM shops each a hard look in the near future and I'll probably end up going that direction.

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This thread is not very definitive nor guiding. This should be renamed thread of random suggestions to slim fit shirts.

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i'm thinking more and more that i'll have to go the custom shirt route if i want something that REALLY fits...  but i need some cheaper shirts that fit me tolerably well for work

 

the problem is my size, i'm 14.5 neck and 35/36 in the arms

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Originally Posted by nattystitches View Post

This thread is not very definitive nor guiding. This should be renamed thread of random suggestions to slim fit shirts.

I think that's a fair criticism. How would you improve the thread?
post #2255 of 2386

All right, I have a slim fit shirt question and I thought this would be the best place to put it.

 

I am in somewhat of  quandary in that I only have two shirts that fit--some old pre-2009 size 41 Borrellis. I'm not sure which "fit" they are (I know Borrelli has several) but they are about 22" across the chest--quite slim.

 

These shirts fit me like a second skin. I love the quality, the feel, the handstiching, yes, but what I really love about them is that they simply fit. Better than MTM. The sleeves are a bit short but everything else about these shirts is perfect. They are miracle shirts. They are found treasure.

 

The problem is I can't find more like them. Most of the Borrellis I see are humongous. Can anyone tell me what "fit" these particular measurements belong to, so perhaps I could get some more Borrellis that are the right size? I don't even know if the current production Borrellis are cut the same way.

 

Barring that, are there any other manufacturers that produce a high quality size 41 shirt with a 22" chest? It has been frustratingly difficult to find these kinds of specifications... and I don't have the time or energy to try on shirts from every manufacturer. At least knowing the chest measurement would give me a place to start.

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Originally Posted by rurounikitsune View Post

All right, I have a slim fit shirt question and I thought this would be the best place to put it.

I am in somewhat of  quandary in that I only have two shirts that fit--some old pre-2009 size 41 Borrellis. I'm not sure which "fit" they are (I know Borrelli has several) but they are about 22" across the chest--quite slim.

These shirts fit me like a second skin. I love the quality, the feel, the handstiching, yes, but what I really love about them is that they simply fit. Better than MTM. The sleeves are a bit short but everything else about these shirts is perfect. They are miracle shirts. They are found treasure.

The problem is I can't find more like them. Most of the Borrellis I see are humongous. Can anyone tell me what "fit" these particular measurements belong to, so perhaps I could get some more Borrellis that are the right size? I don't even know if the current production Borrellis are cut the same way.

Barring that, are there any other manufacturers that produce a high quality size 41 shirt with a 22" chest? It has been frustratingly difficult to find these kinds of specifications... and I don't have the time or energy to try on shirts from every manufacturer. At least knowing the chest measurement would give me a place to start.
Is 41 the chest size? That means the shirt only has 3" of spare room. No wonder it feels like a second skin.

If it is neck size, then you have a 16" collar. The US and UK size 16 shirts Are typically designed to fit a size 42 chest. So your chest measurement still seems really small.
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41 neck. The shirt is 22" across the chest, 44" all the way around under the armpits. In comparison, a Brooks Brothers Slim Fit 16/41 shirt is something like 47" in the chest, 22-23" armpit to armpit. Way too large. My actual chest measurement is around 39". So the Borrelli shirts have around five inches of room in the chest which for me is perfect.

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Originally Posted by nattystitches View Post

This thread is not very definitive nor guiding. This should be renamed thread of random suggestions to slim fit shirts.
Welcome to the internet, friend.
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I wish the BB slim (or extra slim) fit me, but those were even too baggy. I was lucky and got 2 shirts at Pink onsale for $75 each (regular $180) in french cuff. Honestly, I wouldve bought more, but I waited too long and they ran out of my size.

 

I want to try TM Lewin and Hilditch & Key, but I just hate the idea of needing to return overseas if the dont fit (and I've never tried them before). Pink is easy because they have 3 stores in Boston, so I can just return to the store if it doesnt fit.

 

I've returned stuff bought from Lewin in England to their New York address. Worked fine.

 

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I've returned stuff bought from Lewin in England to their New York address. Worked fine.

 

edit: fixed the quotes

TM Lewin has a NY address?

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If you live in Britain, Marks & Spencer do the slimmest shirts you will find (I have tried shirt makers in London, TM Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, etc.), unless you go MTM. They even have a custom shirt builder on their site; you can get shirts for £59 each.

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Hey, I am 1.74m tall and weigh 58kg, so quite skinny. Most of the "normal" shirts (or even "typical" slim-fit) look very baggy on me, especially when tucked in, there is a huge amount of excess fabric. My chest is 92cm, my waist around 75. So I was looking for other shirt makers:

 

1) First try: Tyrwhitt Tailored Fit (slimmest line) in 14.5 inches - was okay in the chest and collar, far too blousy in the waist (which is not a big deal to have altered). However, armholes were really large and there was a huge amount of excess fabric around the upper arm, which would make altering more difficult. Finally, the cuffs are very wide and uncomfortable, which cannot be altered at all (wearing french cuffs). So I sent the shirts back because altering would not make sense. That is bad, because I liked the styles and collars, especially the large selection.

 

2) Second try: TM Lewin fully fitted in 14.5 inches. (Okay, before I have bought a MTM shirt at Modern Tailor which, of course, is quite nice). These shirts are great and fit really snug (chest and waist!) without being uncomfortably tight. That is after first washing, hopefully they do not shrink more because it would make them too tight. Measurements are quite similar to my Modern Tailor shirt. I love that the armholes are high and sleeves are tight enough. Also the cuffs are small and tight and - because not glued - comfortable to wear.

BUT: Collars have become quite tight after first washing - checked it and it tends more to 36.5cm instead of 37.. So I think I will have to move the button by a tiny bit.

 

So TM Lewin ist the best I got so far. Problem with their fully fitted shirts is their collar: I think it is way too small. The collar points are not hidden under the jacket most of the time which would be necessary for a "perfect" look.

 

Now I placed an order for a Marks and Spencer Slim Fit shirt in 14.5" because they have cutaway collars with larger points - will this fit like TM Lewin fully fitted? Or do you know other shirts that fit like TML fully fitted 14.5 and have larger collars?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Hay, I have found M&S shirts to be the slimmest shirts I have bought. I would argue that Charles Tyrwhitt have a nicer fabric, but have found that their collar points curl which is annoying. The good thing about M&S shirts, for me, is that a 15" neck comes with 35" sleeves as standard. I own several 'slim fit' shirts, but haven't tried their tailored fit ones, as they have that horrible, modern, skinny collar thing going on--that, plus the colours are horrible. Anyway, let me know what you find!
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Originally Posted by JapanAlex01 View Post

Hay, I have found M&S shirts to be the slimmest shirts I have bought. I would argue that Charles Tyrwhitt have a nicer fabric, but have found that their collar points curl which is annoying. The good thing about M&S shirts, for me, is that a 15" neck comes with 35" sleeves as standard. I own several 'slim fit' shirts, but haven't tried their tailored fit ones, as they have that horrible, modern, skinny collar thing going on--that, plus the colours are horrible. Anyway, let me know what you find!

Really? I like the fit of CT's tailored fit shirts, but I find the quality to be absolute garbage. Like you, I've experienced collar curling with my 4 CT shirts. I'm certainly no shirt snob, as I have dress shirts from a number of different low-end makers, but I think CT's fabric is the cheapest-feeling of any I own.
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Okay.. In 14.5", TM Fully Fitted is significantly slimmer than Marks & Spencer Slim.. However, I think that Marks & Spencers Shirts might be okay after first wash, so I will keep one to try. Like the bigger cutaway collar, but the cuffs are nicer at TM Lewin (not glued and somehow smaller - look and feel way better).

 

We will see.. CT is far too big, especially the armhole and cuffs. Quality was nothing special either - I think TM Lewin could be a good deal (if my shirts do not shrink more...).
 

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