The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

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  1. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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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.


    That's exactly what I said in this thread several posts ago!
     
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    I just bought a Nordstrom Organic Cotton tailored fit dress shirt that fits pretty well.
     
  3. mkarim

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    I just bought a Nordstrom Organic Cotton tailored fit dress shirt that fits pretty well.

    How much was it?
     
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    At Beyond Bespoke, we alter off the peg shirts and we make our own "bespoke" shirts in-house. In this day and age of fast food, shirt manufacturers are forced to make their shirts be as "one size fits all" as possible. Charles Tyrwhitt has been known to offer a great fitted option. Bloomingdales has a Hugo Boss "Red" Line which is generally a great slim fit. As custom clothiers ourselves, we of course recommend the custom route. Custom shirts can be purchased at less than $150 each at most reputable custom clothiers and may provide a better fit than off the peg shirts. Every part of the shirt can be customized.
     
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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.
    ^ +1 Except my tailor does sides and arms with a flat-felled (double) stitch for 12 dollars. Got to love these Asian family-run tailors. If I lived closer to my mother, I'm not ashamed to say she would be my personal tailor. Then it would be free! [​IMG]
     
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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.


    +1

    The truth.
     
  7. Master-Classter

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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.


    Yep, that's pretty much my life. I basically buy a shirt that fits my neck and shoulders and then pay $15-25 to get it altered and it fits like a glove.

    I think of the total cost I'm willing to pay for a shirt, minus tailoring = price I'll pay for an OTR shirt that'll need to be altered...

    Although I have found H&M slim fits to fit really well OTR. the quality of fabric and construction though is crap, but it's a start.
     
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    What are people's experiences with LL Bean slim fit or fitted shirts? I know LL Bean and Lands End have great return policies in case there are any issues, but no experience with how they fit.
     
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    Out of the box ORIALI is what your looking for.
     
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    Question on TM Lewin shirts:

    Which is more slim - Windsor or Duke of York? Whats the difference?
    Also, I'm a 14.5 in the neck...can I get away with buying 15 after shrinkage? I can't get the 14.5 as the sleeve lengths lower to 33.5...I need 34.5.

    Thanks in advance!

    PS - I'm surprised on the prices...how much is shipping?


    *Edit: Also, I want to measure the exact sleeve length on a shirt I have that fits me perfectly...should I start with the middle of the back of the shirt?
     
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    Question on TM Lewin shirts:

    Which is more slim - Windsor or Duke of York? Whats the difference?
    Also, I'm a 14.5 in the neck...can I get away with buying 15 after shrinkage? I can't get the 14.5 as the sleeve lengths lower to 33.5...I need 34.5.

    Thanks in advance!

    PS - I'm surprised on the prices...how much is shipping?


    *Edit: Also, I want to measure the exact sleeve length on a shirt I have that fits me perfectly...should I start with the middle of the back of the shirt?


    I've got both the Windsor and the Duke of York. Only difference is the collar. The collars have actually run a little large on the shirts I've bought. I'm usually a 15 3/4, but have no problems with a 15 ½ even after shrinking.

    Shipping depends on where you live. It's 8 £ in Europe I think.

    And yes, measure from the middle of the back. I believe there's a guide on the TM Lewin web site.

    And before ordering, try googling for "TM Lewin discount vouchers". Usually you can get a few £ off, or get a tie thrown in.
     
  12. mkarim

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    Question on TM Lewin shirts:

    Which is more slim - Windsor or Duke of York? Whats the difference?
    Also, I'm a 14.5 in the neck...can I get away with buying 15 after shrinkage? I can't get the 14.5 as the sleeve lengths lower to 33.5...I need 34.5.

    Thanks in advance!

    PS - I'm surprised on the prices...how much is shipping?


    *Edit: Also, I want to measure the exact sleeve length on a shirt I have that fits me perfectly...
    should I start with the middle of the back of the shirt?


    Yes I also wear 14.5" collar but theirs are tight when wearing a tie. I find 15" collar is better. Shipping is £8.
     
  13. Twisty

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    You guys are awesome. I think I'll order one shirt first to see the fit...couple more questions from the newb:

    1. Has anyone tried the John Francomb Rovereto Slim Fit Shirts, or Milan shirts?
    2. Is there a database/list of all manufactures size and measurement chart?

    If there is no solution for number 2, I think I might try and start one. Its a pain in the ass to play guess work on each manufacturer/label.
     
  14. mkarim

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    You guys are awesome.
    Tell us something we don't already know... [​IMG]

    I think I'll order one shirt first to see the fit...couple more questions from the newb:

    1. Has anyone tried the John Francomb Rovereto Slim Fit Shirts, or Milan shirts?
    2. Is there a database/list of all manufactures size and measurement chart?

    If there is no solution for number 2, I think I might try and start one. Its a pain in the ass to play guess work on each manufacturer/label.


    I bought this one (15" collar). I love it and get compliments every time I wear it:

    http://www.tmlewin.co.uk/Product.aspx/!27808

    I ordered a Rovereto shirt but didn't like the (pointed) collar.
     
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    Tell us something we don't already know... [​IMG]



    I bought this one (15" collar). I love it and get compliments every time I wear it:

    http://www.tmlewin.co.uk/Product.aspx/!27808

    I ordered a Rovereto shirt but didn't like the (pointed) collar.


    [​IMG]

    Do you have one of their Windsor/DofY Slim shirts to compare the Milan shirt? Can you comment if it is a slimmer fit or not? Also the Rovereto shirt you returned as well?
     

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