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Shetland sweater brand for athletic fit?

mdcohen

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Looking for a Shetland sweater with a variegated/heathered yarn in a more athletic or slim fit. I’ve tried Shetlands or lawbswool sweaters from O’Connell’s, LL Bean, J Crew (Wallace & Barnes), Brooks Brothers. In O’Connell’s I even sized down a half size from my suit size and still find them baggy. I haven’t tried Jamieson but the pictures look super baggy. Thanks in advance!
 

mintchox

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Try Anderson & Sheppard. Simon from Permanent Style recommends it and I’ve found it works with a shirt and tailored trousers for the office.
 

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J. Press has slim fit shetlands, but they are all ”shaggy dog” - brushed wool, on the thick/heavy side. Jamieson’s and Harley of Scotland do not, but they tend to run slender - I wear a 46 jacket and size up to XXL for both. You could also look at Pendleton, though i think the sweaters actually knit in Scotland are probably better quality.

In general, though, Shetland sweaters tend wear on the loose side.
 

cweeks91

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As mentioned above i wouldn't really want a shetland to fit super tight, but i know what you mean. It's still nice to feel neat if you have the physique.

I would second Howlin', they have a more contemporary fit especially around the middle. I wear a 40/42 suit with a reasonably athletic build (drop 7 or 8) and recently bought a Jamiesons shetland in 40'' and found this to be initially fairly tight in the chest and good through the waist, the chest and underarms have already loosened well after the first few wears and really happy with the fit, not too long either. I think some of the trouble with pictures of Jamiesons online is they use a very tall and slender model (e.g End clothing) with a 36'' chest and then have them wear a 42'' in the picture. Looks fine but its a fashion look.

You could do a lot worse than APC too who come up with some nice knitwear each season, quite slim fitting. Margaret Howell too (Harleys I believe - but with altered sizing, I actually take a Small).

Bosie (also mostly Harleys i think) have a regular and a smaller sizing option.
 

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