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Linen shirt size/cut... big?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by shoreman1782, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    With warm weather approaching I broke out the couple of linen shirts I have (from Brooks Bros. and J. Crew). I never really noticed before, but they're really really large, even by mall-brand standards. Bodies are wider, armholes gigantic, sleeves sagging, etc.

    Is this just the way linen shirts are supposed to be cut, as they are warm weather, loose garments? Would it be ridiculous to wear a linen shirt in a closer cut, more like a dress shirt? Thoughts?
     
  2. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Senior member

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    I'd say, for a garment that is designed to rumple and so forth, wearing it anything BUT close cut will simply make one look like a sack of potatoes.

    For my money, trim cut, small collar, no placket, no pockets.
     
  3. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Summer clothes are often cut looser for the coolness.
     
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    With linen, I don't want a form fit, but I don't want it to be baggy, either. There's a fine line here, and being on the wrong side of it can look terrible.

    Things I look for in a casual linen shirt:

    Quality linen
    Proper length
    Long sleeves, slightly blousy, that can be rolled up in a casual fashion
    A fit that is slightly looser than a dress shirt around the waist and chest, but not cut so large it looks like I'm wearing an improper size. I want the shoulders to fit.
    No pocket -- too often the pockets are comically oversized and throw off the balance of the shirt

    Just my personal preferences, of course. And good linen shirts that meet my criteria are difficult to find at retail. Anyone know right off if Jantzen offers linen?

    As for linen dress shirts, they do exist and can look terrific. Alex recently posted a beautiful photo of such a shirt he had made, if I remember correctly.
     
  5. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Yes, it's a fine line.

    Besides the fit of a linen shirt, neatness elsewhere in the image helps determine whether the line is crossed. Hairstyle, physical fitness, whether the pants are wrinkled - you get the idea.
     
  6. Andrew V.

    Andrew V. Senior member

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    Intriguingly, J. Crew is advertising its linen shirts for this summer as now having their tailored fit.
     
  7. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Aren't linen-cotton shirts more common? I'm thinking of getting one of those by the Baron, as they're $50.
     
  8. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    A lot are cut way too big, but that is not necessary. I got a black one from Express that was cut pretty trim, maybe a little bigger than their "dress" (S,M,L,XL sized though) shirts. I love that shirt - wore it probably 40x in hot weather since I bought it. I may go to them this year and see if they have the same shirt again. (I got that one at Marshalls for $10 on clearance.)
     
  9. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Senior member

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    Yes, and they are def more fitted. One was a rare full retail purchase recently because I liked the fit so much.
     
  10. Waltar

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    Intriguingly, J. Crew is advertising its linen shirts for this summer as now having their tailored fit.

    Which is hilarious because the small measures at a 40 chest. J. Crew's sizing is just fantastic. [​IMG]
     

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