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Maybe I just haven't worn dress shirts in a while...

aspriel

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...but are they supposed to be GIGANTIC? I lost about 25ish pounds over the summer, and I put on a dress shirt today and it's just huge. Without buttoning it , I can hold the fabric almost an arm's length away from my body. I'm still fairly overweight, but is this what's supposed to be going on here? :p
 

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The common lament of the SF poster. I tried on a Robert Talbott shirt in my neck size this weekend and I could wrap it around like a robe with about 2 feet of overlap in the waist. They are not supposed to be gigantic, but they generally are gigantic, which is what drives many of us into the arms of Jantzen or other MTM options.

You might be able to get a lot of the slack taken out by a tailor/shirtmaker/alterations person. It's a pretty simple operation.
 

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Shirts are generally cut to accommodate larger, older men unless they're specifically "slim fit," "modern fit," "tailored fit," etc. It's a big problem I have with RTW, especially here in the U.S.
 

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even terms like "fitted" "slimfit" "tailored fit" etc that all suggest a trimmer fit are usually still huge. Most "fitted/slimfit" shirts I see measure about 20" across the belly, which is huge...they should be measuring around 18" for a size 15 to truly be slimfitting. It's like they're only "fitted" if you're fat
 

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I use 38R and 15.5" shirts, I live in Europe and normal shirts are usually only a palm flat bigger in my waist, slim fit are close to the body...

I america I imagine as people get fatter they cut them more generously...

so normal shirts are 20" (108 cm full waist ) across waist here, slim fit 18" (100 cm full)
 

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Well, I can live with shirts that are slim fit not being entirely that. I prefer my shirts to have about 6-8" in the chest actually. Last shirt I got bespoke was way too tight after a wash.
 

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No, I *am* fat. It's a size 18 (which is probably too big by a half size now.) It's still gigantic. Extremely gigantic. What the fuck? :-/
 

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Originally Posted by aspriel
No, I *am* fat. It's a size 18 (which is probably too big by a half size now.) It's still gigantic. Extremely gigantic. What the fuck? :-/
Could be the brand. Keep in mind that these folks want to sell as many shirts as possible, and that they well know most guys have no idea how a shirt is supposed to fit. For many guys, if you can get your arms into the sleeves and close all the buttons, it "fits". So if you cut the shirts really huge, then more guys with a given neck size can "fit" into the shirt. If you cut them even moderately slim, you lose the opportunity to sell the shirt to anybody guy with a bigger body profile.
 

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Originally Posted by aspriel
No, I *am* fat. It's a size 18 (which is probably too big by a half size now.) It's still gigantic. Extremely gigantic. What the fuck? :-/

I love it. If MTM or slimmer brands are not an option, have an alterations tailor take them in. Not ideal, but not too expensive and should work fine.
 

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What's a slimmer brand that's cheap? Why do I, a guy who's 30-40 pounds overweight, need a "slim cut" - wtf?
 

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Originally Posted by Jovan
Shirts are generally cut to accommodate larger, OLDER ,men

Girth=Age? How trite. And, inaccurate.
 

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