shirts and general fit question for V shaped body

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dchun, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. dchun

    dchun New Member

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    I have always had a problem finding shirts slim enough for my body. Every dress shirt had to be tailored in the torso area. I recently tried 5th & lamar shirts since they set out to specifically address the large midsection problem.

    So far they appear to fit better than most shirts but with my body type I still feel like it can be improved.

    My jacket/chest size is 38/40 and waist/pants is 29/30 depending on the store. I find that most "mediums" fit me well in the shoulders but the stomach is way too large. most "smalls" fit better in the stomach but then my shoulders are very cramped, almost to the point where I might tear the seams in certain positions. I would say I have fairly large shoulder muscles and lats because that's where I feel the most discomfort.

    Is my best option to go custom? I feel like I can get by but I was wondering if there were any brands that catered to this type of shape before I consider going bespoke.
     
  2. TexasDan

    TexasDan Senior member

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    I have a similar problem. The solution was to go MTM for me.
     
  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You could always just get them tailored. It is usually like a $10-$15 job.
     
  4. Costanza

    Costanza Senior member

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    I have the same drop and find several 'slim fit' shirts work fine for me. I guess it depends on how tight you want it to be. I'm happy with minimal bunching at the waist band. There is a thread on slim fits btw.
     
  5. Birks and Grey Socks

    Birks and Grey Socks Senior member

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    MTM.

    I have the same problem. I bought a sewing machine and learned to take in the sides and sleeves on my shirts. It takes 30 min per shirt. Less time than going to the shops and trying and retrying shirts that don't fit to my satisfaction.
     
  6. Rincon

    Rincon Senior member

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    Just buy a large and get the shirt taken in. Should only cost $15-$20.
     
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    tricky Senior member

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    Same here and like others have said, every shirt gets altered to fit. Usually a matter of darting the back.
     
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    musicguy Senior member

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    Dude, just go MTM. You'll be happier. It'll save you time in the long run too.
     
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    gettoasty Senior member

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    regarding the minmal bunching at the waist, how to solve this?

    get the waist taken in really tight to the body, and/or get MTM shirts with tailored waists?

    on the contrary, i think a fuller waist, but not loose, will perhaps be better to solving the extra material bunching.

    THAT, or it has to do with how tight the actually waist is on the pants. I think it is the latter; bunching being a result of the tightness in your waistband of trousers.
     
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    negusnegas Senior member

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    I agree with the above poster. It is likely a combination of trousers waist and shirt waist. The lower the waist on your trousers and/or looser the waist on your trousers the more difficult it will be to avoid bunching. I use to battle the same thing and found that slightly higher waisted trousers minimized the bunching effect a great deal.
     
  11. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    I found darting slim fit shirts works well, but some guys hate the look of them.
     
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    Liquidus Senior member

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    For me, the choice of having darts vs having my shirts balloon out of my back is a no brainer.
     
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    Verniza Senior member

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    I'd second the MTM notion.

    Like you I have a V shape, 38" chest drop 7 with a 15.75"-16" neck. Most of my shirts had to be taken in due to it being too big if it fits my neck. My Finamore and Borrellis don't fit me at all and had to be taken in at the sleeves/waist/length. Negating my savings.


    Although, SF-ers forgive me for saying this, fashion labels fit me perfectly. Shirts from Gucci, Burberry, Dior etc fits me perfectly both in the neck and the waist because it is cut ridiculously slim. If you can forgo quality for fit and wanna go OTR you could try fashion labels out.
     
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    Midnight Well-Known Member

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    You might want to try TM Lewin Slim Fit. The width at the waist is generally 7.5 inches narrower than the width at the chest.
     

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