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Slim Fit Shirts for Work, Best Value?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by fa21212, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. acridsheep

    acridsheep Senior member

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  2. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    ^ Leave the house more frequently.

    But what if I miss something important on SF? [​IMG]
     
  3. Petyot

    Petyot Senior member

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    Can you please give me suggestions or web sites if I want to get slim fit shirts for work (I work in finance in an investment firm) for a reasonable price, hopefully $50 or less per shirt. Slim fit, ready-to-wear shirts have worked well in the past, but open to other suggestions if there are good values in the MTM space. I live in San Francisco and would prefer a retail store to a web site, but willing to go through a web site if they have a favorable return policy. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

    http://www.landsend.com/ : their tailored shirts offer great value for the money (most of them less than $50)
     
  4. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Forget slim fit. Wast of time.
    Find someone who alters shirts for $10.
    Then, you can buy anything on sale, even as low as $15, and it will be a perfect fit.
    Better than a $100 OTR shirt, in terms of fit.
     
  5. acecow

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    Forget slim fit. Wast of time.
    Find someone who alters shirts for $10.
    Then, you can buy anything on sale, even as low as $15, and it will be a perfect fit.
    Better than a $100 OTR shirt, in terms of fit.


    Absolutely not true. The most important thing in a dress shirt is how the armholes are cut. If they are low to begin with, you can alter the waist all you want, but it will never look or perform well.
     
  6. Dressed2the9s

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    I'd be very careful about wearing inexpensive French cuff shirts. There's nothing worse than cheap cuff links. It looks very tacky. If you're at the budget stage of your life, you should try to go with something simpler than trying to look overly fancy.

    My .2 cents.


    I agree you can spot cheap cuff links but in this case I'm looking for a reasonably priced french cuff shirt. Any recommendations?
     
  7. Reevolving

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    Absolutely not true. The most important thing in a dress shirt is how the armholes are cut. If they are low to begin with, you can alter the waist all you want, but it will never look or perform well.

    When you alter a shirt, you take in the side, the armpit, and the sleeves in one sweeping stitch.
    Armholes are, in effect, moved up.
     
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    I absolutely second this re Polo. However, if you hate the little man on a horse as I do, you'll want to keep your jacket on...

    Yeah, the one custom fit Polo I have is the white BD w/ horse. I only wear it with casual stuff and if I have a SC on I leave it on..
    The Hilfiger Ithaca slim fits have no visible brand markings at all. I have two. Nice spread collars on a plain blue, and one with a small blue gingham. For $21.99 I think they are great shirts.
     
  10. Dressed2the9s

    Dressed2the9s Senior member

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    Yep. Ralph Lauren Black Label makes great classic slim-fit, business shirts with french cuffs for less than $300.00. You may want to just go custom made at that point. If only I could find slim fit french cuff shirts at the mall (without going online), the search continues....
     
  11. m.gway

    m.gway Well-Known Member

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    When you alter a shirt, you take in the side, the armpit, and the sleeves in one sweeping stitch.
    Armholes are, in effect, moved up.


    Gotta agree with ace. No amount of work can make a poorly fitting shirt look great (I know, I've tried more than once). And no one would do that amount of work for $10. You're better off spending a little more and getting a decent fit.
     
  12. happyxix

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    Just a question: For those of you that does travel alot for work, how do you manage your shirts if they are not non-iron?
     
  13. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just a question: For those of you that does travel alot for work, how do you manage your shirts if they are not non-iron?

    I iron them.
     
  14. Chico2007

    Chico2007 Senior member

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    j crew

    HAs anyone noticed that JCrew sleeves are now super long?
     
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    HAs anyone noticed that JCrew sleeves are now super long?

    Really? I may have to go try their shirts on again. The biggest problem for me used to be that every part of the shirt fit great, except the sleeves were way too short.
     
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    Just a question: For those of you that does travel alot for work, how do you manage your shirts if they are not non-iron?

    Iron them in the morning before you wear them. All hotels I've ever been in have an iron and ironing board in the rooms.
     
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    If you have a Marshall's or TJMaxx near you they usually have some Ralph Lauren Polo "custom fit" shirts for $34.99. I love them. Slim, but not restrictive. I also bought two Hilfiger Slim Fit dress shirts for $21.99 a piece. They fit me very well. Not top quality, but I like them for everyday "if these get trashed no big deal" action.

    Were they slim fit or tailored fit? I found a TH ithica slim fit OCBD but I was worried it would be too baggy. (supposedly baggier than tailored)

    Can anyone compare the fit?
     
  18. NYCniceguy

    NYCniceguy Well-Known Member

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    My problem with a lot of slim fit shirts is that if I pick my proper neck size (which is 15.5), it pulls in the chest. I have to go through extensive fitting room sessions every time I decide to try a new slim fit manufacturer. Tried on some shirts at Thomas Pink this week--no go, same problem, chest too tight.

    Brooks Bros slim fit does fit me pretty well, haven't tried their super slim shirts yet.

    The funny thing is that I'm not a gorilla bodybuilder with huge pecs or anything, just a regular skinny guy.
     
  19. Liquidus

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    My problem with a lot of slim fit shirts is that if I pick my proper neck size (which is 15.5), it pulls in the chest. I have to go through extensive fitting room sessions every time I decide to try a new slim fit manufacturer. Tried on some shirts at Thomas Pink this week--no go, same problem, chest too tight.

    Brooks Bros slim fit does fit me pretty well, haven't tried their super slim shirts yet.

    The funny thing is that I'm not a gorilla bodybuilder with huge pecs or anything, just a regular skinny guy.


    I had a similar problem with size 15 BB extra slim fit shirts. Chest is too tight and arms are too big. I think the best option is just to go MTM.
     

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