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Skinny with Long Arms

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by blc456, May 10, 2010.

  1. bossman08

    bossman08 Senior member

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    Well its been a year and a half since I tried Modern Tailor, so maybe things have changed. I attended one of the sessions in my town and picked what I thought was one of the cheaper fabrics, but it was still abou $89. I think it was one of the sea island cotton varieties...not sure if the tailor tried to upsell me without mentioning the less expensive fabrics or what. How much do you pay for the shirts dano?

    I agree that Gilt is a terrible suggestion. They still have a no refund policy, correct? Only store/site credit.
     
  2. dano

    dano Well-Known Member

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    Well its been a year and a half since I tried Modern Tailor, so maybe things have changed. I attended one of the sessions in my town and picked what I thought was one of the cheaper fabrics, but it was still abou $89. I think it was one of the sea island cotton varieties...not sure if the tailor tried to upsell me without mentioning the less expensive fabrics or what. How much do you pay for the shirts dano? I agree that Gilt is a terrible suggestion. They still have a no refund policy, correct? Only store/site credit.
    Not sure, my last experience with Gilt returns was almost 2 years ago. If your interested in the MTM route, I would suggest reading up in the Men's forum, they have many threads about it. The leading contenders over there seem to be modern tailor and my tailor (Hemarajani Brothers). Sea Island would be on the more expensive end, $89 seems in line for that quality. As I said earlier in this thread, and you will probably see this advice repeated in the MTM threads on the mens side: Don't use body measurements, but take measurements from the best fitting shirts you own. I've only ordered a few shirts from Modern tailor, but they are usually about $60, and shipping is usually offset by the coupons that always seem to be floating around the MTM threads.
     
  3. blc456

    blc456 Senior member

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    I will look into MTM as well then [​IMG]
     
  4. blc456

    blc456 Senior member

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    I just took a look at Modern Tailor and am actually surprised at the amount of fabrics they have to choose from (including more casual type plaids which I am looking for). The prices seem very reasonable as well. I will most likely use the measurements from the brooks brothers extra slim fits I have and change the couple things that don't fit perfectly. Thanks again everyone.
     
  5. bossman08

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    Not sure, my last experience with Gilt returns was almost 2 years ago. If your interested in the MTM route, I would suggest reading up in the Men's forum, they have many threads about it. The leading contenders over there seem to be modern tailor and my tailor (Hemarajani Brothers). Sea Island would be on the more expensive end, $89 seems in line for that quality. As I said earlier in this thread, and you will probably see this advice repeated in the MTM threads on the mens side: Don't use body measurements, but take measurements from the best fitting shirts you own. I've only ordered a few shirts from Modern tailor, but they are usually about $60, and shipping is usually offset by the coupons that always seem to be floating around the MTM threads.

    Ah, I think I had MyTailor confused with Modern Tailor. I'll have to give Modern Tailor a try. How is the quality of the shirts? Sturdy fabric, good collars?
     
  6. pistolero

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    Thanks for all the replies. I did search before I asked, but I did not see a solid answer. I am a student, but I dont mind spending some money on stuff that actually fits. Having a couple great fitting expensive shirts beats the hell out of having 20 shirts that fit like crap. I will check into these slimmer fitting brands and keep an eye on gilt and maybe give a few of them a shot.

    Another option is to thrift (or ebay) shirts with the length you need and then have them tailored to fit. It's much easier to justify spending $30 on alterations if you've only paid $10 for the shirt..
     
  7. dano

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    Ah, I think I had MyTailor confused with Modern Tailor. I'll have to give Modern Tailor a try. How is the quality of the shirts? Sturdy fabric, good collars?

    The quality is greate for what you pay. Obviously it is not quite as nice as more expensive shirts, but for the price its excellent. I only have experience with button down collars from Modern Tailor, and with that particular style, less interlining is more. Select the option for the least amount of fusible. I've been contemplating getting an OCBD and requesting no interlining/fusing, but I have yet to do so (apparently they are good about custom requests).

    Another option is to thrift (or ebay) shirts with the length you need and then have them tailored to fit. It's much easier to justify spending $30 on alterations if you've only paid $10 for the shirt..

    This is certainly an option, and more power to you if it works, but to me it is not worth my time to crawl through thrift stores looking for a shirt that may never come around (especially for those with long arms... what this thread is about) when there is a sure thing out there. Not sure how it's easier to justify spending money on alterations on a cheap shirt than one with (what should be) better fabric, buttons, and construction but to each his own, I suppose. For what its worth if you are careful with MTM your second shirt should fit very well. The first might fit well, or it might not. Depends on how careful you are with measuring. I spent $35 (total, shipped, etc.) on my first shirt, because I figured I would dial in the measurements before I ordered the more expensive fabrics. My first shirt came out more than wearable.

    I think a lot of the people on this thread suggesting to look at sales, thrifts, gilt, etc, etc. don't really understand how hard it is to find shirts with long arms. It's possible to wear a shirt with the chest 2'' to big, and its possible to tailor it down. Its not possible to wear a shirt with sleeves 2'' to short, and its not possible to alter them. The limiting factor for the OP will always be the sleeve length, it just isn't easy to come by shirts with those dimensions.
     
  8. brad-t

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    wear tanktops exclusively
     
  9. axe

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    wear tanktops exclusively
    I go topless, it's much easier (although the cost of baby oil adds up)
     
  10. gladhands

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    I'm 16/36 and I feel your pain. Gap/BR M-tall fit pretty well, but again, those aren't the best brands. Gilt for shirts scare the crap out of me because so fer items include sleeve measurements. I don't care about the model's measurements. Tell me about the shirt.

    And to the person who mentioned european anf Japanese brands: seriously? Those are the least likely to belong enough

    I fare far better with dress shirts than casual.
     
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    Right! I'm bringing this thread back from the dead.

    I am a skinny freak (5'10", 150lb) with long arms (I need 27" shirt sleeves) like the OP. I have given up on OTR shirts and am starting to kick goals with MTM shirts from Modern Tailor and Biased Cut. So far so good and I would highly recommend this approach to other forumites with similar builds. It's more expensive that OTR of course, but worth it.

    HOWEVER: that leaves every other garment with long sleeves still a problem, and in particular, jackets. Most any 36R jacket that will fit me in the body is going to have sleeves that are 1.5-2" too short, and that's pushing it in terms of how much fabric there is to let out in the cuffs.

    Bespoke would be the answer, but I can't remotely afford that.

    My question for anyone with a similar build then: have you found a brand / model in sport coats / suit jackets that is sufficiently slim, and that also has sufficient fabric to let out in the cuffs? I await your kind information.
     
  12. brad-t

    brad-t Senior member

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    5'10" @ 150 lbs. isn't THAT skinny. :|
     
  13. MinnesotaNice

    MinnesotaNice Well-Known Member

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    check out Club Monaco's shirts. Their newer "slim fit" cut is actually pretty slim and the arms tend to run longer than normal. They routinely go on sale for $30-$40 and you can get a 20% student discount on top of that, so its not a huge investment if things don't go well. They take phone orders in case there isn't a store near by (shipping is like $7). Its the only mall brand where I can find a shirt that fits in the body without having to size down to where the arms are too short (5'11, 150)
     

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