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post #1 of 20
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I've been buying Brooks Brothers slim cut dress shirts so I don't have all that blousy fabric around the middle and I've been really happy with them.  However, they only come in a few basic colors - French blue, light blue, white. I don't count the non-iron ones (those come in pink and yellow too) since I don't like the fabric. Who else makes a good slim cut shirt for a reasonable price?
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Not quite on subject- but have you ever considered darts in your shirts sir? I am 44-45 chest with a 33-34 waste. I have found that helps many times. Just get a good tailor there IS a proper way and a "make-do" way of placing darts in a shirt. ( In other words looks good and looks very sorry way). Respectfully, John G.
post #3 of 20
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I've been buying Brooks Brothers slim cut dress shirts so I don't have all that blousy fabric around the middle and I've been really happy with them.  However, they only come in a few basic colors - French blue, light blue, white.  I don't count the non-iron ones (those come in pink and yellow too) since I don't like the fabric. Who else makes a good slim cut shirt for a reasonable price?
Well, the quality isn't the greatest, but the price is.... H&M. Their shirts tend to be $30-$40, from what I've seen. They have a pretty decent assortment of solid fabrics, as well as some plain and some trendy patterns. Many shirts are available with either barrel cuffs, or French cuffs. The majority of fabrics/shirts are also available in regular cut, or slim-fit, which I think is a really nice option. I'm not sure what your profession is, where you'd be wearing these shirts, or what level of quality you are looking for, but these might be something worth trying for the price.
post #4 of 20
Barba and Prada make slim-fitting shirts. I've bought several Barba's from Ebay seller "The World's Finest."
post #5 of 20
Try the new Custom Fit shirt from Ralph Lauren. Otherwise go the custom route with Jantzen.
post #6 of 20
Robert Talbott - a fine shirtmaker based in Carmel. CA. where I hale from makes a great line of shirts. Some slim fit. Check it out at www.roberttalbott.com. Best, uhr
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Robert Talbott - a fine shirtmaker based in Carmel. CA. where I hale from makes a great line of shirts. Some slim fit. Check it out at www.roberttalbott.com. Best, uhr
Robert Talbott shirts are quite nice, I find them to be a step above Ike Behar, and priced about the same. There is also a 'Best of Class' line that is more expensive, around $250 if I recall correctly. I don't find them to be too slim, I've got one to sell on eBay that is a 15.5 neck with a 48" chest. Do they make a separate line of slim-cut shirts?
post #8 of 20
Land's End Lands End has slim cut shirts, and "custom" shirts. -Tom
post #9 of 20
I have purchased a couple of Robert Talbott custom shirts through Nordstrom, and found them to be quite nice.  I ordered my shirts with their slim cut, which you can specify upon ordering.  As far as I know however, their off the rack shirts are all full cut.  The two that I ordered are from their Best of Class line, which is priced around $125-$200 approximately.  Their Estate line is a step up, and features double stack mother of pearl buttons, pattern matching (I think at the gauntlets and yokes but I am not certain), and side gussets.  You can also specify a slim cut when doing a custom Estate (I think Estate line shirts are available through custom only), but you will pay: their Estate shirts run $300-$400.  I would love to own both a Talbott Estate and a Borelli, sit them down on a table, and compare them both.
post #10 of 20
I forgot to add in my last post that if you want to find some really slim fitting shirts, I suggest you try Emporio Armani and Ted Baker.  I own both labels, and they are very slim fitting.  I am quite skinny (36R in suits, 5-10, 145 lbs) and these shirts fit me very well.  They are also very different shirts; Emporio seems to do mostly solids, whereas Ted Baker (and I get tons of compliments on mine) does alot of bright colors and stripes.  Both are on the expensive side, as Emporio's can run up to $300 and Ted Bakers run approximately $125-$300.   You might also want to try Etro and Paul Smith, although neither is cut as slim as Ted Baker or Emporio.  I have not tried Paul Smith, but I can attest to Etro's cut, and its on the slimmer side, albeit less so then Emporio or Ted Baker.
post #11 of 20
For RTW, I adore Barba. Carlo Franco is quite slim-fitting as well and the quality and price are the same (assuming you buy the Barbas at discount like I do). For custom, low-price, bad customer service (and I do not mean malicious, just bad, 45 dollars and G-d knows how long, count on at least 6 weeks) but excellent quality, Jantzen really is all that, but what a pain. The main problem is not fit or delivery times, but selecting fabrics. The high-cost option but absolutely reliable and quick, is Liste Rouge (180 dollars and 3 weeks, this based on the one shirt I purchased). They will FedEx swatches to you in 2 days.
post #12 of 20
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The high-cost option but absolutely reliable and quick, is Liste Rouge (180 dollars and 3 weeks, this based on the one shirt I purchased). They will FedEx swatches to you in 2 days.
After taxes and shiping and duties, the cost of a $200 shirt goes up to about $260. I believe shipping and duties is fixed at $40 per order (for New York) and $60 (elsewhere in the US), while the sales tax increases  as the purchase amount increases. BTW, does anyone know the cost of H&K MTM/custom during their NY visits? What about their RTW during their NY visits?
post #13 of 20
Gregory is right, if you purchase the shirts one at a time. But in orders of five the cost is a lot cheaper, about 180 dollars/shirt when I calculated it.
post #14 of 20
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Gregory is right, if you purchase the shirts one at a time. But in orders of five the cost is a lot cheaper, about 180 dollars/shirt when I calculated it.
Can you comment on the quality. Also, for the latest collection, it seems that 2-ply shirts are at least $200 (without tax [depending on which state you live], shipping and duties).
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At least when I calculated it, they were giving an extra shirt with every order of four, but perhaps they stopped that, and that would be responsible for the discrepency. So far as quality, I am not one of the experts, but I can say that it fit perfectly the first time, that the web site is especially easy to use, that they are extremely responsive (within minutes to hours to any email), and they are flexible: I asked for a special pocket with special measurements and they obliged at no extra charge. The fabric was luxurious but not special like the heavy cottons of my Barbas or similar Giam Paulos, which is not to say you couldn't get such a fabric if you selected it. And the 3 week order time they promise was exact to the day. If you have time and you can fenagle swatches out of Ricky at Jantzen, he is better because he is cheap cheap cheap. But for stress-free effortless ordering, Liste Rouge has everyone beat. Chang has been well-reviewed numerous times on this site and AAAC, but at least from the standpoint of its website, there is no comparison, I had no idea what I was ordering or what many of the terms meant and it was very inflexible. Chang is also very ominous with its guarantees, where as Liste Rouge promises to make the first shirt over and over again until it is right.
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