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Slim-fitting cowboy/western shirts?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by cgeezy, May 20, 2006.

  1. cgeezy

    cgeezy Active Member

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    I'm having such a hard time finding some long sleeve cowboy/western vintage style shirts. Sometimes I can find them in local shops, but they're either huge and/or stupid patterns. Anyone know where I can find some good, size small shirts like these? Another problem is the fact that it's summer and shops around here don't stock these long sleeve shirts anymore.

    So other than eBay, which really hasn't given me that many good results, is there anywhere online I can find these shirts?
     
  2. horriblyjollyjinx

    horriblyjollyjinx Well-Known Member

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    I've actually found a lot of nice shirts on ebay. Try some different words like wrangler, plaid, western, Levi's, plaid etc and then go to Vintage.
     
  3. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Well-Known Member

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    The long-sleeve ones are definitely harder to find than short-sleeve. Either way, if you want slim you're definitely going to have to get them altered.
     
  4. cgeezy

    cgeezy Active Member

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    The long-sleeve ones are definitely harder to find than short-sleeve. Either way, if you want slim you're definitely going to have to get them altered.

    argh. I was afraid of that. I've realized that the long sleeves are much harder to find. I try ebay again, though, thanks.
     
  5. gza

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    The problem with finding long-sleeved ones is that unless your arms are fairly short, a shirt with long-enough sleeves will fit blousy in the torso. With the short-sleeved versions, you can at least size down until you get a slimmer fit in the chest and waist. Furthermore, it seems that a lot of the standard brands for these (e.g. Wrangler and Levi's) cut their shirts short and boxy.

    Designer/premium brand western shirts may fit slimmer, but the only ones you'll find with any regularity will probably be Diesel, whose shirts are unfortunately marred by prints far too often.

    Of course, the ultimate solution would be a Jantzen western shirt. I asked Ricky to make one for me in my last order, but it's been almost 2 months with no response. Ah, it was fun while it lasted...
     
  6. xcoldricex

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    doesn't EG do these shirts? a couple of japanese brands do these shirts pretty slim i think, nonnative being one of them.
     
  7. cgeezy

    cgeezy Active Member

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    The problem with finding long-sleeved ones is that unless your arms are fairly short, a shirt with long-enough sleeves will fit blousy in the torso. With the short-sleeved versions, you can at least size down until you get a slimmer fit in the chest and waist. Furthermore, it seems that a lot of the standard brands for these (e.g. Wrangler and Levi's) cut their shirts short and boxy.

    Designer/premium brand western shirts may fit slimmer, but the only ones you'll find with any regularity will probably be Diesel, whose shirts are unfortunately marred by prints far too often.

    Of course, the ultimate solution would be a Jantzen western shirt. I asked Ricky to make one for me in my last order, but it's been almost 2 months with no response. Ah, it was fun while it lasted...


    Yes, very good points. I can get one fitting good in the chest, but then bam, the arms and length are too short. I don't really like the look of short sleeves though, so I'm not interested in those. What are Jantzen, EG and Nonnative? Googling wasn't really helping... japanese brands, I take it?
     
  8. Metal Circus

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    EG is Engineered Garments. I thought that a big part of their style was based on donations of American clothes to postwar Japan, and how the clothes didn't fit well, in the traditional sense? I don't think that EG is really about slim fit.

    Jantzen is this forum's favorite discount MTM shirtmaker/mail-order crapshoot. There a million threads here about him.
     
  9. Brian SD

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    Yea, EG stuff is very much workwear, and fits boxy and non-formfitting.
     
  10. LA Guy

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    You might try Wranger 47 by Built by Wendy (http://www.builtbywendy.com/onlinesh...ategory_id=285) for a decent take on the shirt which will fit, um, hipster, rather than Cowboy, sensibilities. Band of Outsiders also do a western style shirt, albeit for about $200.
     
  11. drake

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    I had a similar problem and decided to have my tailor make me one. Maybe you should look into that.
     
  12. BigSur

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    is there a specific search term when looking for chest pockets like this?

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  13. xcoldricex

    xcoldricex Well-Known Member

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    nonnative is a japanese label, yes. nice stuff i might add, but on the higher end of the price range. http://www.nonnative.com/
     
  14. gza

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    is there a specific search term when looking for chest pockets like this?

    Even if a specific name exists for those kind of pockets, I doubt most sellers are aware of it, so it won't be found in their listings (i.e. it won't be searchable).
     
  15. j

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    is there a specific search term when looking for chest pockets like this?

    [​IMG]

    Similar pockets are called Quarter Horse pockets (by Rockmount, anyway):

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    http://www.rockmount.com/shirts/solids.asp
     
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    A bunch of my skinny veggie buddies get them from Hollister, and they fit pretty skinny. Yup, Hollister.
     
  18. designprofessor

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    I'm in Oklahoma City, I see some of these around. If you want the real western ones give a phone call to Langston's Western Wear in OKC. One of their sales people might be able to point you in the right direction. Another place to check would be Tener's
     
  19. Get Smart

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    I always thought western shirts are the easiest things to find. any decent vintage store will have tons, and I find most of them to be very slimfitting. IME, good short sleeves are harder to come by than long sleeves, which are dime a dozen. The only time it gets hard to find is if yer after the good shit, which is pre 60s rayon gabardine, generally HBarC but MacMurray also made nice ones. Those are the sheeznit.
     
  20. Jovan

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    A bunch of my skinny veggie buddies get them from Hollister, and they fit pretty skinny. Yup, Hollister.
    I second the recommendation for Hollister. Fits well, the fabrics look nice, and the sleeves are actually long enough for me (a 35-36" in dress shirts) in Medium.
     

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