The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

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  1. Razele

    Razele Senior member

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    Quick question:

    I'm looking for slim fit oxfords in white and light blue, other colours / patterns if available.

    No pocket, slim as possible. Non-fused collar lining. I live in Australia, so If someone could recommend an international shipper that would be great.


    Anyone got any suggestions?

    Thanks lads!
     
  2. stylishopper

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    If you can't find anything online, maybe you can have what you want custom made for you. You can get an image of what you want on the net, and show it to the tailor. But the problem with that is finding the materials for that..
     
  3. pred02

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    I ordered more Lewin shirts, as indicated they are a great deal. Shirt quality is very good, as is their selection. I have a small 36/37R chest, and while they don't fit like a Zara small clubbing shirt, they are definantely much slimmer than anything OTR here in the US. For workhorse shirts, I think they are excellent value. I like their color selection as well.

    I would like to try H&H slim fit shirts, which are more expensive, but I need to have a few nicer shirts. I also am contemplating going the Jentzen route, I have even taken measurements but what I have seen from other members on the forums I was not impressed with neither the fit nor the finish. Waiting 6 weeks and then retrying a number of times seems too much of a hassle.
     
  4. mkarim

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    I ordered more Lewin shirts, as indicated they are a great deal. Shirt quality is very good, as is their selection. I have a small 36/37R chest, and while they don't fit like a Zara small clubbing shirt, they are definantely much slimmer than anything OTR here in the US. For workhorse shirts, I think they are excellent value. I like their color selection as well.

    I would like to try H&H slim fit shirts, which are more expensive, but I need to have a few nicer shirts. I also am contemplating going the Jentzen route, I have even taken measurements but what I have seen from other members on the forums I was not impressed with neither the fit nor the finish. Waiting 6 weeks and then retrying a number of times seems too much of a hassle.


    I like TM Lewin as well. Great fabrics for that price!

    Yes, Jantzen fabrics are usually good, but the uncertainty of delivery can be a hassle. It will arrive when you least expect it!
     
  5. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    I ordered some lewin slim fits and they fit me better than my jantzen shirts, a testament to my legendary self measurement skills. [​IMG] The fabric is good for the price and construction is decent. They deliver quick as well so I'm probably going to stick to them.
     
  6. tripp

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    There is no concensus because we all have differing opinions of what is slim. To me slim is not tent like with some suppression at the sides and shorter higher armholes. To some people slim is form fitting like the shirt was molded to your body.

    This slim-fit shirt quest boggles my mind! I've finally come to the conclusion that I need slim-fit shirts. See, I used to own several dress shirts from Lourie's men's store in Columbia, SC. (Sadly, Lourie's went under not too long ago.) To my knowledge, they weren't "slim-fit;" they were just dress shirts! Not baggy sport shirts with arms that flap in the wind. I have one left; the rest wore out as shirts will.

    Believe it or not, the closest thing I found - under $100! - that's all I can afford - is Land's End tailored fit. Until the redesign, that is! I don't need the big shoulders they just put in; I don't want darts or something that shows off my love handles.

    I've read through several pages of this thread and haven't found what I'm looking for yet. I'll keep reading. Kudos to you who'd rather not dress like Zach Morris! [​IMG]

    BTW, my Lourie's shirt is size 16, 47" chest, 44" waist. I have a 42" chest, 34" waste, and narrow shoulders. In contrast, my "best" dress shirt, from another men's store in SC is 16-52-50. What the hell? If 5" of chest clearance is plenty (more than enough for some of you) in a blazer, why not for a shirt? [​IMG]

    Oh, and Jos A Bank and Brooks Bros don't get it. What's the point of a trim torso if you look like you're wearing floaties to a pool party?
     
  7. skogmantore

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    I just received my first shipment of three TM Lewin shirts (the "Windsor Slim Fit"). Here is my verdict:

    1. It is only slightly slimmer than a "regular" shirt. If you want a really tight fit you should look elsewhere.
    2. The collar size and the cut of the collar was very good, although I think it looks much better with a tie than without one.
    3. The sleeves are slightly shorter than I expected, although still acceptable. I would recommend going for a longer sleeve length if you are undecided between two sleeve length options.
    4. For me, the body was slim enough, but I was hoping for a more slim fitted sleeve.
    5. Fabric and stitching match shirts that are twice as expensive.

    In summary, at a 75£ campaign price for three shirts, they represent good value for money as everyday office shirts.

    Does anyone have any experience buying their John Francombe-line of shirts? How do they compare to the Windsor Slim Fit?

    Cheers!
     
  8. StopPolloition

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    Here are measurements for 16x36 TM Lewin windsor collar slimfit, in case anybody wants them. The shirt was not the correct size for me so I am returning. As such, these are unwashed measurements.

    Chest 47.5
    Waist 41 (Measured around 6th button)
    Hips 42 (Measured around bottom of shirt)
    Yoke 20
    Cuff Width (Double Cuff) 10-10.6 (two of them were around 10, one was 10.6)
    Armscye (Measured from bottom of armhole to top of sleeve running perpendicular to sleeve edge) 9.6
    Collar 16.65 (far end of button hole to button)
    Sleeve 36.8

    As such, unless these collars truly shrink more than 3/4", I wouldn't recommend sizing up in collar because there is plenty of shrink allowance.
     
  9. 011235

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    I would like to try H&H slim fit shirts, which are more expensive, but I need to have a few nicer shirts.

    I posted this in another thread, but it might be more pertinent here. I was in St James' the weekend before last and popped into Harvie & Hudson, specifically for their three shirts for £99 (£33 ea. when purchasing three or more). I usually take a 14.5"-15" collar (15" H&H) and am a 36" chest. Unfortunately, the slim fit range was quite small - only four or five patterns. There was a white, blue, check, and two stripes. The chap said they hope to roll more out in the future.

    Turnbull & Asser also have a range of slim fits - just launched, apparently - but I didn't have time to stop and look at them. Slightly pricier than H&H, if I recall.
     
  10. taikuodo

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    What do you guys think about H&M shirts? They are pretty good from what I can tell ... you guys will probably say they suck. They are slim fit, and they fit me alright, better than Van Heusen, and are only $20.

    My budget is $30 for a slim fit shirt thats white, gimme some options?

    I like the H&M ones but seeing what else is better?
     
  11. Taylor Stitch

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    Gentleman,

    I was looking to gather people's thoughts on the service of having a favorite shirt copied. While our estore is currently being built out, we were looking for a few men of discerning taste to work with us on honing our shirt copy program. The way in which it would work is that you would send us your shirt that fits you best, make annotations as to any aspect of the fit that you would like tweaked (we would send your shirt back immediately) pick a shirt model that we have pictured, and your shirt would arrive in 3-4 weeks.
    If this is something people are interested in, I will be more than willing to put in the time to arrange a program if there is interest. To learn more about our company, Taylor Stitch, please feel free to drop by our temporary home at http://blog.taylorstitch.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I am excited about the possibility of this program, and I think its a great alternative to getting a proper fitting shirt without traveling across the country measuring each and every one of you.

    Cheers
     
  12. Imperator

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    I have a suggestion for those of you that live in NY. I'm a 6'2, 180 pound guy and Uniqlo's small non-wrinkle dress shirts fit me like a bespoke shirt. They're a tad tight in the shoulders, but I'd imagine they would work really, really well for someone smaller than myself. I just went and bought 5 shirts, and am going back for more.
     
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    shirts that are custom made by a good tailor....fitted but not too slim, nor skinny i should say
     
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    OK, I thought this was going to be spam, but your blog proved me wrong. Nice looking shirts from what I can see. If you have more information on how much your service costs, what kind of fabrics are available, and more details about the shirts, I'd be pretty interested. I need an alternative to Jantzen and Hemrajani Bros.

    Gentleman,

    I was looking to gather people's thoughts on the service of having a favorite shirt copied. While our estore is currently being built out, we were looking for a few men of discerning taste to work with us on honing our shirt copy program. The way in which it would work is that you would send us your shirt that fits you best, make annotations as to any aspect of the fit that you would like tweaked (we would send your shirt back immediately) pick a shirt model that we have pictured, and your shirt would arrive in 3-4 weeks.
    If this is something people are interested in, I will be more than willing to put in the time to arrange a program if there is interest. To learn more about our company, Taylor Stitch, please feel free to drop by our temporary home at http://blog.taylorstitch.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I am excited about the possibility of this program, and I think its a great alternative to getting a proper fitting shirt without traveling across the country measuring each and every one of you.

    Cheers
     

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