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The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imageWIS, May 1, 2007.

  1. Diversification

    Diversification Well-Known Member

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    Apparently if you email J Crew customer support, they will give you exact measurements for any piece you want. Never tried it, but that's what I've heard.
     
  2. jhwendland

    jhwendland Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I'll just stick to sizing down in the standard fits.
     
  3. odub

    odub Active Member

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    I don't have precise measurements but I've tried their

    Regular S
    Slim M
    Regular M

    I wear a 15.5/34 normally and of those three, the Slim M was the best fit, overall. The Regular S came up too short in the sleeves and the Regular M was too full. I didn't think the Slim M was perfect - I'd still need to take it into my tailor to fully fit it right - but for OTR, it wasn't that bad at all. Much better than Lands End's "tailored fit" shirts, for example but I don't think the fit with J.Crew's slim mediums is as good as my experience with CT's extra slim.
     
  4. GuP

    GuP Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up a BB slim fit and it fits like crap. Picked it up bc it was on sale. I made another thread with pics in it btw.

    Anyways, can someone recommend OTR atheltic fit that actually work or should I just go MTM?

    I am about 5'11 - 175 to 180 - chest 41-42, waist 32-33, neck size ranges between 15.5 and 16, sleeves are like 33.5.

    It is such a royal pain when looking for a new shirt. In the past, I just had them tailored and darted - doesn't look great but it is what it is.
     
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  5. odub

    odub Active Member

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    I just got in several BB extra-slim fits and found them to be decent as far as slim fits go. Not quite as good as CT's extra slims but it's in the right direction, possibly on par with PRL's custom fit shirts. In both the latter cases, a little tailoring helps to clean things up, especially with the arms, but it's not necessary. The tailoring is usually just a matter of taking things in on the sides rather than darts but either way, not a ton of work is necessary.

    FWIW, I typically wear a similar neck/sleeve (15.5/34) but I'm 6', 150 with a 37-38 chest.
     
  6. omgitswes

    omgitswes Well-Known Member

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    in regards to CT shirts, I've heard they really shrink a lot. I'm a 16.5 36 in BB ESF. I think I might grab a few CT extra slim shirts in a 17 37
     
  7. odub

    odub Active Member

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    That hasn't been my experience but I've yet to buy a shirt from them that fit snug right out of the box so it may be that I had more excess room to work with if shrinkage did occur after the first few washes. In general, their extra-slims are the only OTR I've found thus far that don't require additional tailoring for my particular fit but that's likely just a lucky coincidence.
     
  8. derv

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    • Have you tried RLBL?
     
  9. kushburner

    kushburner Well-Known Member

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    Can somebody recommend a shirt for my measurements: 15 neck, 36 chest, 33 sleeve

    I want something that does not wrinkle on the elbow pit (my uniqlos shirts do this). Im looking to spend no more than $40.
     
  10. biged781

    biged781 Well-Known Member

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    Well, that really limits your options, doesn't it? I don't know, Express? Your chest, neck, and arm measurements alone are not sufficient to guarantee that you won't experience wrinkling in the elbow pit. I'm not even sure that any shirts exist which do not wrinkle in the elbow pit...
     
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  11. GuP

    GuP Well-Known Member

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    After wasting time and money on tailors and shirts that don't look good even after being tailored, I am gonna take the plunge and go MTM, probably proper cloth. Will keep you guys posted on the results.
     
  12. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Well-Known Member

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    It was a "plunge" 15 years ago, not any more. You should have no problem finding custom shirts for the same or less than a medium range ready to wear. The only caveat is that the better ones really give much better pricing when you order 6-10 at a time.
     
  13. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

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    It probably would be best to first figure out why the shirts are wrinkling there, such as by posting pictures.

    Anyway, for low-priced 15/33 shirts that might fit better (and are higher quality), behold...
    http://www.tmlewin.co.uk/
     
  14. ftw90240

    ftw90240 Well-Known Member

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    People looking for slim fit shirts should try Kamakura. They have a store in NY and a limited, but growing, selection on-line. Prices are almost ridiculously cheap ($79) with free shipping on orders over $150. The Tokyo slim fits me perfectly, which is not easy among the parachute sized shirts on sale in most places. I'm 5'11, 140 lbs, and wear a 36R. The 15, 33-1/3 is perfect for me bc my arms are a bit long and my neck size is small. The quality of the cotton is solid for the price, and the styles are simple and great for everyday wear (spread collar, cutaway, OCBD). They are now my go-to RTW shirtmaker.
     
  15. jacket

    jacket Well-Known Member

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    These actually look pretty good. Will definitely check them out next time I'm in NY.

    It says on the website that "*To compensate possible shrinkage, the actual size is bigger than the size on the label." What has your experience been with this?

     
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  17. JesseLivermore

    JesseLivermore Active Member

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    I'm just starting out attempting to build a wardrobe. I'm 6'0 165 lbs and fairly lean. I wear a 15.5 and 32/33.

    Anyway, what I've found so far is that Thomas Pink Super Slim shirts are fantastic. Great fabric and the fit is phenomenal. There isn't a huge selection of shirts in the SS fit, though. Which is frustrating because the difference between their Super Slim and their Slim is really big. They're not cheap at $195 each, but I really think they are worth it. I really think some people (not in this thread, obv) underestimate just how significant the difference is between even an $90 PRL custom-fit shirt and a shirt like the one I just mentioned. The difference really is huge. It's sort of the same way between a $150 pair of J&M corrected grain glue job shoes and a pair of AE McAllisters or something.

    Regardless, since I can't afford a full rotation of $200 TP and $400 Turnbull & Asser shirts, I will get by for now on a couple of ES CT, ES BB, a few Luxire MTM shirts and my TP shirts. And whenever I can I'll be buying at least one slim cut of Charvet, Borrelli, Barba, Brioni, Kiton, RLBL, Eton, T&A, among others. Really looking forward to the day I can look at my closet and see a rack or two of shirts like this in there.

    Man, I really love shopping for shirts.
     
  18. biged781

    biged781 Well-Known Member

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    I just wish they had a decent selection of sizes. I can get a 15 1/3 - 34 1/3, but not a 16-34?
     
  19. Xtra

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    Would you really say that the Thomas Pink SS shirts are that much better than Luxire MTM shirts? What kind of fabrics did you get from Luxire vs. TP? I would say that the Luxire oxford fabrics are quite good.
     
  20. HouseAtreides

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    I'm glad I found this thread! I've found Charles Tyrwhitt tailored shirts fit very well in the past, but they seem to have completely changed the cut of these now, so I'm at a bit of a loss to find decent tailored looking (but not super slim/skinny) formal shirts.

    I have a 15.5 inch neck, 38" chest and 32" waist - all measured. Average height at about 5'10 and my sleeve length is 33.

    Can anyone recommend good off the peg shirts that would match that, be tailored, but not the current trend of being shrunk on skinny?

    I'd be quite interested in MTO from the net too, if you fellows could vouch for a great place.
     

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