The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

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  1. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    Two questions:

    1) Has the sizing/dimensions of American shirts changed in the last couple of years? Everywhere I look now, a small tends to be running at a 38" chest...

    2)...Which leads me to my real question: who is making true small- or extra small- (i.e., >36") sized shirts these days? It's become nearly impossible to find button-downs that fit.


    I would try Zara.
     


  2. Icarium

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    1) Has the sizing/dimensions of American shirts changed in the last couple of years? Everywhere I look now, a small tends to be running at a 38" chest...

    That's odd... except for H&M and Zara, all the OTR smalls I see measure about 21.0-21.5" pit-to-pit - meaning a 42-43" chest...

    H&M slim fit smalls run about 19.5" pit-to-pit if i remember right, which is of course 39".
     


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    TM Lewin vs Charles Tyrwhitt: I found that in the same size, the CT had a wider chest a slight overall bigger feel.

    I like the TM for the value AND quality. They just can't be beat.
     


  4. mkarim

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    TM Lewin vs Charles Tyrwhitt: I found that in the same size, the CT had a wider chest a slight overall bigger feel.

    I like the TM for the value AND quality. They just can't be beat.


    TM's customer service is great too. I wanted to add a shirt after I submitted my order. They couldn't modify the order, but are sending that shirt separately with free shipping.
     


  5. Using Technology

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    Is there any chance of finding a really slim fit shirt that would fit a 41-42 chest with a 17" neck?
     


  6. kontai69

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    FYI to all...

    I recently received this new J. Crew shirt in size "small"...
    http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/Mens...8048/98048.jsp

    It measures 19.5" from armpit-to-armpit. I'm skinny and have a 35" chest. Even though the shirt is a "tailored-fit" and supposed to fit a 35-37" chest according to their sizing chart, it feels way too big around the waist on me. The sleeves are also a little baggy and too long. I may try to see how the XS fits, although I most likely would not be able to button the collar since the small is already very tight around the collar when buttoned.
     


  7. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    FYI to all...

    I recently received this new J. Crew shirt in size "small"...
    http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/Mens...8048/98048.jsp

    It measures 19.5" from armpit-to-armpit. I'm skinny and have a 35" chest. Even though the shirt is a "tailored-fit" and supposed to fit a 35-37" chest according to their sizing chart, it feels way too big around the waist on me. The sleeves are also a little baggy and too long. I may try to see how the XS fits, although I most likely would not be able to button the collar since the small is already very tight around the collar when buttoned.


    As I said above:

    "The key is to get a shirt that fits you in the collar and shoulders and then have a tailor alter other areas. It's very difficult to get an OTR shirt that will fit you well without any alteration."
     


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    TM Lewin vs Charles Tyrwhitt: I found that in the same size, the CT had a wider chest a slight overall bigger feel. I like the TM for the value AND quality. They just can't be beat.
    I do have 3 CT "casual" shirts which are basically dress shirts that don't have collar stays and are a bit shorter and slim fitting and they are more slim than all 3 TM shirts I just purchased. I would say that the TM ones are made a bit better though.
     


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    Hey guys, quick question:
    I went to moores the other day and got measurements, my neck size is 15 and sleeve length is 33. Now I'm looking to buy some shirts from other members of the forum, but the sleeve lengths for the shirts in the BS threads are all in the 20s.. what number does my 33 correspond to? Thanks.
     


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  11. Icarium

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    Hey guys, quick question:
    I went to moores the other day and got measurements, my neck size is 15 and sleeve length is 33. Now I'm looking to buy some shirts from other members of the forum, but the sleeve lengths for the shirts in the BS threads are all in the 20s.. what number does my 33 correspond to? Thanks.


    google.com search reveals all.

    http://www.mybarong2.com/measure-dre...-art-1064.html

    The reason for the bent arm is that a dress shirt should have sleeves just long enough that they do not retract from your wrist when bending your arm.

    I got my TM Lewins tailored for 10 bucks each - now they fit great. They took in the body about 1.5-2" and tapered the sleeves to match where the new seam runs into the sleeve. Well worth the 21 GBP that I paid even with 10$ thrown in.

    I can't believe the current exchange rate. I wish they would hurry up and restock so I can get another order in. Pretty much every shirt I want is OOS right now.
     


  12. Seph

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    Hey guys, quick question:
    I went to moores the other day and got measurements, my neck size is 15 and sleeve length is 33. Now I'm looking to buy some shirts from other members of the forum, but the sleeve lengths for the shirts in the BS threads are all in the 20s.. what number does my 33 correspond to? Thanks.


    The 33 corresponds to the measurement from the center of the back of the collar, over your shoulder, and then down to the end of your cuff. You can measure this on a shirt by folding it in half cuff to cuff and then measuring from the end of the cuff to the base of the back of the collar.

    The sleeve measurement in the 20's is probably the measurement from shoulder seam to the end of the cuff. Ask the person selling you the shirt what the shoulder width is - the width of the back yoke (it will probably be 17-19 inches). Divide this number by 2, and add it to the measurement from shoulder to cuff and compare that to your target 33 inch measurement.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Happy to help.
     


  13. Talbina

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    The 33 corresponds to the measurement from the center of the back of the collar, over your shoulder, and then down to the end of your cuff. You can measure this on a shirt by folding it in half cuff to cuff and then measuring from the end of the cuff to the base of the back of the collar.

    The sleeve measurement in the 20's is probably the measurement from shoulder seam to the end of the cuff. Ask the person selling you the shirt what the shoulder width is - the width of the back yoke (it will probably be 17-19 inches). Divide this number by 2, and add it to the measurement from shoulder to cuff and compare that to your target 33 inch measurement.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Happy to help.


    Seph...I noticed on your site, you can no longer see the detailed sizes for the specific brand shirt (waist, chest...). Is that true or was I imagining things before?

    Also, when are you getting in more fabrics?

    And...would it be possible to mail you buttons to put on the shirt?
     


  14. KaiserSose

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    I've spent so much time & money on this topic over the last few months it's ridiculous. What I've come to realize over this time is that if a shirt fits on the shoulders & neck, it can be made to fit anywhere else. And it's really not that difficult to do so.

    Pay my tailor $20 to take in the sides and every shirt becomes perfectly fit to my body.
     


  15. Seph

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    Seph...I noticed on your site, you can no longer see the detailed sizes for the specific brand shirt (waist, chest...). Is that true or was I imagining things before?

    Also, when are you getting in more fabrics?

    And...would it be possible to mail you buttons to put on the shirt?


    Talbina - Yeah - you were not imagining - at one point we did show all the information about different brand sizes, but (for competitive reasons) we decided to hide some of the measurements.

    New fabrics are coming this month... Will have more pinpoint yellows, pinks, lilacs, higher thread count blues, and some interesting stripe patterns. This weekend we're testing a new "no-iron" fabric that has 3% XLA. If all goes well we'll add that (in a plain white) as well. Finally, I'm working on some more funky patterns for the inside of the cuffs and collar bands - pretty excited about some of the designs we've got.

    Regarding buttons - what are the buttons you have in mind? I'd like to source a significant number and make them a standard offering. Appreciate your input.
     


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