Shirts and Thick neck..

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  1. Bruinsfan

    Bruinsfan Well-Known Member

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    Dear all,

    I was wondering if people have the same problem when buying shirts.
    When I am buying shirts, I have the problem that I can't button the top buttonhole because it just can't fit around my neck. It fits nicely around my shoulders and the rest of my body..
    If I go a size bigger it is fine around my neck but the shirt is then to big for the rest of my body chest downward. Does anyone has the same experience? I am not a oversized guy but because of my sporting activities I got build this way.

    please share it.
     
  2. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    welcome!
     
  3. HarleyBob

    HarleyBob Senior member

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    I have the same problem and there is only one answer: custom or made-to-measure shirts. Sorry, but once you go custom, you'll never go back.
     
  4. TexasDan

    TexasDan Senior member

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    Same issue here and MTM is the solution.
     
  5. westinghouse

    westinghouse Senior member

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    Leave the top button open.
     
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    I too have this problem, but the best solution I've found (short of made-to-measure, which I can't afford :/ ) is to buy fitted or slim fit shirts a size up, because they'll normally fit around my neck but the slimmer fit in the body stops it from billowing out.
     
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    Nicola Senior member

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    Depending on how you're built try different brands and different cuts within the brands. You'll want something cut athletic and likely not something cut slim.
     
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    pvrhye Senior member

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    If it's close, you can size up then tailor down. The danger is sleeve length. Also, avoid breast pockets if you are going this.
     
  9. Jangofett

    Jangofett Senior member

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    Same problem. I think less than 5% of my shirts fit my neck.
    I almost choked when I have to button it to wear a tie during an interview.
    So I have to wear a tie without buttoning the top button.

    It doesnt matter most of the time since I wear shirts without a tie, and they are not overwhelmingly tight anyhow.
     
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    I too have this problem, but the best solution I've found (short of made-to-measure, which I can't afford :/ ) is to buy fitted or slim fit shirts a size up, because they'll normally fit around my neck but the slimmer fit in the body stops it from billowing out.

    You might be surprised. There are a fair number of places online that do it pretty reasonably these days.
     
  12. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    You might be surprised. There are a fair number of places online that do it pretty reasonably these days.

    Yeah, many of the fabric from places like TailorStore and MyTailor are only around £40 per shirt, which really isn't much. I'd rather have one £40 shirt that fits than two £20 shirts which don't.
     
  13. JubeiSpiegel

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    Same here, i have had some luck with finding appropriate neck sizing's but in slim fit. It usually compensates for the shirt proportions. With a little tailoring to adjust the sleeves and hem, it might be cheaper than MTM. Just a though.
     
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    I have the exact same problem [​IMG] My neck is 16.5 but my chest is only 36-38''. Most of my OTR casual shirts don't fit in the neck (since I don't button them anyway) but fit very nicely everywhere else. With my dress shirts, I just have them altered and I use moderntailor.com.
     
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    I prefer sizing up and being able to fasten the button than size down and not be able to. Maybe it's just me, but wearing it open with the two sides too far apart to ever meet, it draws attention to our larger than usual necks.

    You can start looking into dress shirt brands that are slimmer fitting so that its not too billowy for your neck size. For me, Corneliani and Loro Piana work well.

    Alternatively, I take billowy shirt to the tailor get the sides taken in. But this requires an additional expense and also a chance the tailor could mess it up.

    Otherwise I go the MTM route; Jantzen or WW Chan.
     

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