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Italian Shirt Sizing

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Many Italian shirts I see have only one size marked - the neck size in English and metric - for example, 15.5 / 39 I'm curious why the sleeve length isn't specified? This would make life a lot easier when shopping. Most sellers on eBay will specify the sleeve length, but it's clearly something they have to do on a shirt-by-shirt basis, and the sleeve lengths clearly vary even within the same neck size. Why not do it at the source? John
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Makers that do that typically make a standard sleeve length, and possibly a "L" length, etc. In other words, the sleeves of a 15.5 will be your usual 33" or so, and a 15.5L will be 34-35" (for example, I'm making up numbers). The reason they don't mark the length is that they don't make all the different lengths.
post #3 of 8
First of all it's inches and metric. Second, don't rely on that conversion to be accurate. A 39 is called a 151/2 but really measures less than that. I always sell my clients size 40 if they measure 15 1/2, it's a bit larger than a measured 15 1/2 but a better fit in the long run. In regards to sleeve length, European manufacturers expect as a matter of course that sleeves will be measured and adjusted at the time of purchase. Usually a 15 1/2 will measure, depending on manufacturer, 35-36 inches long. When you have your sleeves shortened make sure that the tailor is prepared to recut the sleeve by removing cuff and vent. If he / she doesn't do it this way, walk away and say thanks anyway.
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...European manufacturers expect as a matter of course that sleeves will be measured and adjusted at the time of purchase. Usually a 15 1/2 will measure, depending on manufacturer, 35-36 inches long. When you have your sleeves shortened make sure that the tailor is prepared to recut the sleeve by removing cuff and vent. If he / she doesn't do it this way, walk away and say thanks anyway.
Is this why I've found a couple of Jermyn Street shirts (incl. my Tyrwhitt, I believe) with no sleeve placket button? I saw that and initially thought, wow, that's sort of cheap, but then thought about it and I guessed that they expected the customer to adjust it and then add a button. How much should one expect to pay to have sleeves adjusted, including moving the vent?
post #5 of 8
My tailor charges twenty five bucks. Not cheap but worth it.
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Usually a 15 1/2 will measure, depending on manufacturer, 35-36 inches long. When you have your sleeves shortened
...alas, I have the opposite problem and need all the length I can get (36.5-37 inches, though some 36's seem long enough). Tyrwhitt charges $10 (according to their website) but says "sleeve" - singular and doesn't specify whether the vent is moved. My BB shirts are also without a sleeve placket button. Thanks.
post #7 of 8
Usually Italian manufacturers do sleeves a little longer; than they will shorten them, or tighten the cuffs: usually shops in Italy will not charge for that.
post #8 of 8

Hello i would like to buy a italian shirt but i am a bit confused with the sizing converter to UK.

Please anyone could tell me what the size 40-54 (italian shirt size) is in English sizing?

Is It a L or XL size?

Many thanks

Regards

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