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Jantzen Ordering - Advice (mainly re: measurement)

supercarl

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I am thinking of ordering a Jantzen very soon, as I am a gambler and fancy my odds...!

Am I best to measure an existing shirt, or have myself measured by someone? What kind of discrepancy should I expect between the two measurements (on a slim fit shirt).

Also, broadly what fabrics should I go for? I have read that his Oxfords are best - any other guidelines?

Thanks!
 

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Definitely measure an existing shirt and make the necessary adjustments you'd like.
Providing body measurements is risky as it leaves more room for error by both parties as well as a possibility for misinterpretation by Ricky TAAAAAN!
 

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I agree with the shirt measurement option. I would take a shirt, pin it until you get a fit you are after and base your measurements on that. I ordered my first shirt using body measurements and while a good fit, they ended up just straight tapering the shirt from chest to the bottom based on the measurements I provided. A few people have mentioned the same thing. You end up having to provide adjustments for your next shirt anyway.

Not sure about the fabrics, there is a Jantzen fabric thread floating around with pictures of a few fabrics.
 

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Originally Posted by padronlover
Definitely measure an existing shirt and make the necessary adjustments you'd like.
Providing body measurements is risky as it leaves more room for error by both parties as well as a possibility for misinterpretation by Ricky TAAAAAN!

+1
 

highball

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Originally Posted by supercarl
Also, broadly what fabrics should I go for? I have read that his Oxfords are best - any other guidelines?

I am wondering this as well. I've seen fabrics both good and bad mentioned in various threads, but is there a single thread that is the go-to for "reviews" of different Jantzen fabrics that members have tried? (A search for "Jantzen Fabrics" turns up an ungodly number of results)

If there isn't such a thread, let me know & I'll start one.
 

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I, and several others, have used body measurements, and then put in the note section "these are the measurements of one of my best fitting shirts: _______" I've had decent luck with this, and I think others have too.

I would suggest measuring for the sleeves and shirt length, then adding some. Once you think it's right, add some more. Better to get these measurements too long (which can easily be fixed locally) than too short. All of my Jantzan shirts have had the sleeves shorter than I anticipated, even after I added extra length.
 

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Ordered from Jantzen. After one ignored e-mail, my second received a response telling me the fabric I wanted was sold out. So I sent a list of 4 others in the preferred order. Probably a good idea to include a pattern/fabric name to present transposition errors.
I measured myself and then measured some favorite fitting shirts of mine to tweak the numbers (Zegna and Boss Red line)
Shirt arrived in 2-3 weeks after order. used fabric #2145, Blue Box Dobby with Navy Squares,
100's, 2 Ply,100% Italian Cotton

I am quite pleased at it's fit - probably better than most of my previous OTR purchases, certainly fits as well as a Z Zegna, or Boss Red Line. Much slimmer and better fitting than Brooks Bros "slim" fit.

Just for reference, I am 6'4", 205 pounds (1.94 M, 93 Kgs) - yeah getting a little heavy - sigh. Shirts I need are 16.5 neck and 36/7 arm length. Tall with long arms, so most shirts fit like crap. Arms too short, waist too high, shirt too short, and baggy.
Close up of the fabric detail - nice pattern matching on Yoke/sleeve.

By orthofrancis, shot with SP350 at 2008-10-15
Front views

By orthofrancis, shot with SP350 at 2008-10-15

Arm out to check movement

By orthofrancis, shot with SP350 at 2008-10-15

Side shot - Crap! - It's time for some sit ups and less eating out!

By orthofrancis, shot with SP350 at 2008-10-15

Definitely going to be buying more from them
 

hkoros

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Is there a section on Jantzen's website that lets you input shirt measurements? (or how can you specify to him?).
The "how to measure" page on their site...is that for body measurement or shirt measurement?? (kinda confusing since it shows a shirt picture).

Wondering if Jantzen might misinterpret shirt measurements (ie. measure from where to where) since the ordering page doesn't have option to input both shirt and body measurements .


I would ask Jantzen, but they don't seem to respond to emails sent.
 

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I am thinking of ordering a Jantzen very soon, as I am a gambler and fancy my odds...!
 

laphroaig

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Originally Posted by hkoros
Is there a section on Jantzen's website that lets you input shirt measurements? (or how can you specify to him?). The "how to measure" page on their site...is that for body measurement or shirt measurement??
The guide is for body measurement but you can also use it as a guide to measure your shirts in the same locations. The answer to your other question is on the order form: (If you measure from the finished shirt, please remark the measurements are measured from your shirt.) The note goes in the remarks box sitting under the measurements boxes.
 

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