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The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imageWIS, May 1, 2007.

  1. Midnight

    Midnight Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen any evidence of the Brooks Brothers Slim Fit getting slimmer, but there is evidence that the Extra Slim Fit has got slimmer. I was reviewing the Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit sizes and the shirt waist measurements given on the Brooks Brothers size charts have changed and come down by an inch. The waist measurements for the Extra Slim Fit used to be 38 inches for the 14.5 inch collar and go up two inches for each half inch collar size, so the 17 inch collar had a waist measurement of 48 inches The current measurements on the Brooks Brothers site show that the waist measurement is now 37 inches for the 14.5 inch collar and 47 inches for the 17 inch collar.

    Note that there also some mistakes in the Brooks Brothers measuring charts. For Extra Slim the size chart giving chest and waist measurements goes up to 20 inch collar size, even though the largest Extra Slim shirt available is 17 inches according to the "Men's Dress Shirts Size Chart". There is also a typo in the size chart for Extra Slim. Under the 17 inch collar size the "Center Measurement at Armhole" is given as 51.5 inches. This is out of line with the rest of the measurements (which increase by 2 inches for every 0.5 inch collar size) and it should be 49.5. I emailed Brooks Brothers about this and they agreed they were mistakes, but they haven't updated the website.
     
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  2. Dingusberry

    Dingusberry Senior member

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    Where can I buy very slim OTR shirts for a guy like me?
    I mostly wear XS in brands that can offer clothes in that size.
    Gitman Bros. Vintage is the ideal shirt right now, but I want to buy OTR dress shirts.

    For reference, I am 5'7'' and 120 lbs, with a 14,5'' neck, 35'' chest and 28'' waist.
     
  3. ddce

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  4. jns425

    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    Tried sifting through the thread, but couldn't exactly find what I'm looking for...

    I have an athletic build- currently 17 neck, 34 waist, 33 sleeve. I have found Theory dress shirts (and sport shirts to be my perfect fit), however I need to find a french cuff shirt. I like solid colors.

    The Brooks Brothers slim fit is obviously not slim. Should I try their extra slim fit?

    What other brands could I look at? Any" non slim fit " that fits my chest is really baggy through the body.
     
  5. CSantos

    CSantos Member

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    I just wanted to post an update to my post from a few weeks ago about Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Shirts. I just purchased 3 online (sale ends soon!), 15/32's and they fit perfectly! The sleeves truly have higher arm holes and the sleeves are slimmer than the "BB Slim Fit". I also purchased one BB Slim Fit to compare to the BB Extra Slim Fit and the "Slim Fit" if anything, is slimmer in the torso... that's it. The sleeves are large but that might be alright if you are slightly buff and can fill them out.

    By the way, I am 5,8", 155, 31 waist, 42 chest, slightly muscular build (for reference).

    Thanks to everyone thus far for their advice and input. I love this forum!
     
  6. red81

    red81 Senior member

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    sounds good, thanks. i need a 16/33, and i have slightly larger arms than slim fits allow for, this looks like a good match for me. i'll try some out when i get a chance.
     
  7. AmericanLion

    AmericanLion Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for a slim fit but I have a small chest with a broad back and thick neck. A 16' in neck and a 41 inch chest with a 34/35 sleeve. Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  8. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Isn't that normal for a 16?
     
  9. jns425

    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    Update to my situation. I tried on the extra slim fit dress shirt at Brooks Brothers and it was still too baggy on me. My chest and shoulders are very big relative to my waist. I have literally tried on over a dozen shirts from multiple stores. I went into both Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers and asked for their slimmest dress shirt, but once I put on the 17 neck the shirts are huge on me. On a side note - the Ralph Lauren shirt I tried on was $400 (I never would have paid it even if it fit) - I don't understand how they get off charging so much. It really didnt seem like anything special.

    I may have potentially found a decent option from Nordstrom though. I tried on their house brand french cuff shirt in the non-slim model. It really wasnt a bad fit at all for being. Still too baggy on me, but I am hopeful that if I can order the slim fit - it could be a great fit. Only draw back is that is it is a very wide spread collar - which I don't love, but for one shirt, I can accept it. If I like it, Nordstrom has a design your own, so I may end up doing that as well.

    If that doesnt work, I am giving up and going MTO.
     
  10. oman112

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    Does anyone have thoughts on banana republic's tailored slim fit shirt--which is essentially their extra slim fit shirt? They are a good price point, especially during one of their many sales; they are of decent quality and have good style, albeit a little boxy.

    Does anyone know how the sizing compares to a TML fully fitted or CT extra slim?
     
  11. haze324

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    Jns, seems we are on the same boat. Let me know if you find any that work. I'm 5'10 200lbs 17 neck, 33/34 waist and 34 arms, large shoulders and chest. I've been on a hunt for some good fitting shirts to wear with suits for work. So far Nordstrom brands is fitting the best. There's a Nordstrom Rack where I live and I grabbed a few for 35 bucks. Hugo Boss sharp fit, fit me REALLY well ---- but, not really the best quality for work shirts and pricey for daily wear. Though I do have a handful in the closet I have for dinner outings.

    So, as of right now Nordstrom brand is the leading winner. I'd suggest when you find one thats close to fitting trying looking up the measurements (waist and chest) for that shirt and then compare the other brands.
     
  12. kentyman

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    I like 'em. I originally was a BR Slim Fit guy, but have since found them to be not quite slim enough. Their Tailored Slim Fit is much more to my liking, and a steal with any of their 25-40% off coupon codes they have all the time. I will say that their fabric sometimes ends up being a little thicker in their Non-Iron Tailored Slim vs. their Non-Iron Slim, though I'm not sure why. I've also noticed they often have button-down collars instead of regular collars, so keep any eye out depending upon your preference.

    I can't compare them to either of the aforementioned shirts because I'm not even sure which brands you're referencing. :)
     
  13. jns425

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    Yup. Those are very close to my measurments.

    For dress shirts - Theory fits me perfectly (they are expensive, but can be found onsale). However, I needed a french cuff shirt, which they don't carry. On a whim I went into Thomas Pink for their 30% off sale and their slim fit was perfect on me! I was really surprised. Not too tight but definitely not loose! It would be expensive to buy a lot of them at regular price, but if I ever was in need for something specific, I would go back to Pink.

    I agree that the Hugo Boss shirts are a good fit, but I like cotton poplin, and I have had a tough time finding those. Where have you found the "sharp fit"? I saw those on the Nordstrom website, but I havent been able to try one on yet.
     
  14. bigtimebuck4

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    I have had a lot of luck with two pretty cheap brands, Forsyth of Canada and Eagle. They fit me almost perfectly and can be caught on sale for ~$30. Are they as nice as my Zegna or Canali shirts? Obviously not, but at that price point they do the job and the quality (particularly the forsyth shirts) is much better than Calvin Klein and DKNY.
     
  15. jns425

    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    Where do you find those shirts?
     
  16. MCanavan6

    MCanavan6 Well-Known Member

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    Try TM Lewin Fully Fitted, their shirts are very tapered and might be exactly what you're looking for depending on your chest size.
     
  17. kevster

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    Anyone have any suggestions on the following?

    Brooks Brothers Extra slim fit in 15.5 neck is a bit too tight in the chest. 16 neck is perfect in the chest, but the neck is too loose then.

    Here are the dimensions given to me by customer service.

    Size: 15 1/2 x 32
    Chest: 43 1/2 inches
    Waist: 41 inches
    Yoke: 19 1/4 inches

    Size: 16 x 32
    Chest: 45 1/2 inches
    Waist: 43 inches
    Yoke: 20 inches

    5'9" , 170 lb, athletic build

    Any suggestions on a RTW shirt that runs maybe 2" larger in the chest than BB Extra Slim Fit? Their standard Slim Fit is way too big everywhere on me.
     
  18. Scabal Fanatic

    Scabal Fanatic Active Member

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    If you are looking for slim shirts, depends on your height and weight. I am 6,4 inches and 168 lbs. To me, only bespoke shirts are slim enough. I bought all the brands in 2 years and none fit like a custom made. For $250, I get a perfect shirt of excellent quality at my tailor.

    Why pay $300 for a brand that does not fit your perfect... that's all folks.
     
  19. pleco

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    I have tried a few makers including Hilditch and Key, CT & Lewin. I am a 14.5" collar.

    CT's 14.5" collar fits on their slim fit cut (extra slim doesn't look as good), but the body fits perfectly on the 15" collar (due to shoulder width).
    Hilditch and Key I have the same problem with, I also find the collar to sit comically high on my neck on my preferred collar spread (semi).
    Pink makes a near perfect cut (practically MTM looking) for me, their 14.5" slim is cut very nicely through the body and isn't second skin thin.

    My question is whether there are any higher end shirtmakers that cut a 14.5" slim cut very similar to Pink but with a higher level of craftsmanship and materials? Otherwise I will be sticking to Pink shirts from now on.
     
  20. jns425

    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    True. If you were going to spend $250 - $300 for a shirt. I got 2 shirts from Pink for $79 each on sale. I'm sure MTM would fit me a little better, but the Pink shirts are near perfect for much less in cost.
     

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