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The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

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

  1. Seward1

    Seward1 New Member

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    Try Ledbury. www.ledbury.com

    Its a shirtmaker that I recently launched for this very reason. I lived in London for years and when I came back to the States I could never find shirts that fit. Our classic line is slimmer cut than most American shirtmakers and we also have a slim fit collection.

    The slim fits are considerably thinner in the waist and we have got a very good response from men with big sholders/thinner torsos.

    Apoligies for the self promotion, but was on SF and considering this is our specialty I figured I would comment.

    Thanks, would be great to get any suggestions or input.
     
  2. aidan.lawrence

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    Try Ledbury. www.ledbury.com

    Its a shirtmaker that I recently launched for this very reason. I lived in London for years and when I came back to the States I could never find shirts that fit. Our classic line is slimmer cut than most American shirtmakers and we also have a slim fit collection.

    The slim fits are considerably thinner in the waist and we have got a very good response from men with big sholders/thinner torsos.

    Apoligies for the self promotion, but was on SF and considering this is our specialty I figured I would comment.

    Thanks, would be great to get any suggestions or input.


    Those look really nice
     
  3. otc

    otc Senior member

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    No, top button is supposed to always be closed with suit and tie. For slim fit: get the one with right neck size and arm size, then take it to the tailor, it costs only 10-15 to take in.

    Anyone know a seamstress/dry cleaner/alterations tailor in chicago that will do this for 10-15?

    I've got a pile of test shirts waiting to go...just have not found somebody to do it.
     
  4. Motorsport226

    Motorsport226 Senior member

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    i'm thinkin about dropping size on a dress shirt to achieve the slim fit and jus leaving the top button unbuttoned, how do you guys feel about top button unbuttoned with a suit and tie?

    NO! Thats like buying shoes that are too small just because they look good and leaving them untied.

    IMO you should only undo the top button with a casual shirt and tie look, like a less structured blazer and jeans, khakis etc.

    NEVER with a suit.
     
  5. onix

    onix Senior member

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    Anyone know a seamstress/dry cleaner/alterations tailor in chicago that will do this for 10-15?

    I've got a pile of test shirts waiting to go...just have not found somebody to do it.


    Anyone in the outskirt of the city would do this for $15 or so. This particular one is super cheap and the lady is nice: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mandys-cleaners-chicago
     
  6. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I'll give some places a try...I have not checked with any of the cleaners in my new neighborhood.

    When I asked the cleaner next to my old apartment she just asked why I don't by them in the right size [​IMG]
     
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  7. miomall1

    miomall1 Active Member

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    OTC, try Adrian Park @ 1755 W. North. Does business under DeLouice Custom Tailor and Design; don't have his number at hand, but you can get it @ yelp or Google if you'd like to call and ask what he would charge. I have not have any shirts taken in by him, but I've been going to him for six months (suits and shirts made, trousers tailored) and find him to be competent, reasonable & trustworthy.
     
  8. derv

    derv Senior member

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    Try Ledbury. www.ledbury.com

    Its a shirtmaker that I recently launched for this very reason. I lived in London for years and when I came back to the States I could never find shirts that fit. Our classic line is slimmer cut than most American shirtmakers and we also have a slim fit collection.

    The slim fits are considerably thinner in the waist and we have got a very good response from men with big sholders/thinner torsos.

    Apoligies for the self promotion, but was on SF and considering this is our specialty I figured I would comment.

    Thanks, would be great to get any suggestions or input.


    I am curious about the fabric. You can source Purple Label shirts for $125 which are made from fabric that makes the baby jebus cry.
     
  9. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Senior member

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    Try Ledbury. www.ledbury.com

    Its a shirtmaker that I recently launched for this very reason. I lived in London for years and when I came back to the States I could never find shirts that fit. Our classic line is slimmer cut than most American shirtmakers and we also have a slim fit collection.

    The slim fits are considerably thinner in the waist and we have got a very good response from men with big sholders/thinner torsos.

    Apoligies for the self promotion, but was on SF and considering this is our specialty I figured I would comment.

    Thanks, would be great to get any suggestions or input.


    Your shirts and site look great. I'm also curious about the fabrics. If you don't want to list the mill, that's understandable. But if that's info you're willing to share, I'd be interested in finding out more.
     
  10. Seward1

    Seward1 New Member

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    Your shirts and site look great. I'm also curious about the fabrics. If you don't want to list the mill, that's understandable. But if that's info you're willing to share, I'd be interested in finding out more.

    Thanks. We use only the Italian mills, most of the big names there. 100s, 120s. Lots of poplin/twill, couple of Oxfords. Of course I am a little bias, but fabric makes the shirt and we are using the best out there.

    Thanks
     
  11. skitlets

    skitlets Senior member

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    It's slim fit. Especially after several washes. The material gets bad after several washes too though.

    Oh I think you misread my post. The Express fitted shirts so far are the best fitting shirts I've tried on but the material is indeed really bad after a few washes. I'm wondering if there's a similar cut shirt that isn't so cheaply made.
     
  12. onix

    onix Senior member

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    Oh I think you misread my post. The Express fitted shirts so far are the best fitting shirts I've tried on but the material is indeed really bad after a few washes. I'm wondering if there's a similar cut shirt that isn't so cheaply made.
    Oh, I misread your question. If you like Express 1MX fit then you're like me. Here is my lesson: many mall brands fit nicely, but material is crap (I do have 1 H&M with nice material and fit, but the collar is bad). Higher end shirts (personally have RLPL, Borrelli, Fray, BBGF) are really big. The most economical way: find a shirt with correct collar + arm length in the material that you like, then take it to alteration.
     
  13. phxlawstudent

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    Oh I think you misread my post. The Express fitted shirts so far are the best fitting shirts I've tried on but the material is indeed really bad after a few washes. I'm wondering if there's a similar cut shirt that isn't so cheaply made.

    How much are you willing to spend? MTM is the only way I get shirts now. There are really inexpensive options out there.
     
  14. skitlets

    skitlets Senior member

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    How much are you willing to spend? MTM is the only way I get shirts now. There are really inexpensive options out there.

    I'd really like to keep it at $80 or under. I can get an employee discount at a store like BR and get it tailored, which should cost about $40 a shirt before alterations. But the sleeves are a bit long, so I'd have to get those shortened and the body taken in.

    I'll be checking out Normstrack Rack as well this weekend to see if I have any luck with some OTR brands. Already went through most mall brands except the Gap slims which are only available online.
     
  15. otc

    otc Senior member

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    at that price why not just get them made at jantzen or tailorstore or something?

    Quality will be fine (we are talking about mall brands here...trying to beat express) and after a test shirt or two, sizing will be great
     
  16. max_r

    max_r Senior member

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    Oh I think you misread my post. The Express fitted shirts so far are the best fitting shirts I've tried on but the material is indeed really bad after a few washes. I'm wondering if there's a similar cut shirt that isn't so cheaply made.

    exact same boat i'm in. i have a feeling i'm going to end up mailing off an old faded express shirt to moderntailor.com to have them copy or something. i've had no luck finding shirts that fit similarly anywhere.
     
  17. John_Edward

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    Are we really that oddly shaped that only Express will cater to us? I've got the same problem in that the best fitting OTR shirt I've found is Express. The waist needs to come in an inch or two, but beyond that, neck, chest, arms, cuffs, it's all bang on!

    I think it's time to do MTM. The waiting for delivery is what's put me off.

    In the mean time, I'm inclined to give Ledbury a go. If the fit's there, I'll be chuffed.
     
  18. toade

    toade Senior member

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    +1 Love the Express fit. If only they were better quality.
     
  19. phxlawstudent

    phxlawstudent Senior member

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    I'd really like to keep it at $80 or under. I can get an employee discount at a store like BR and get it tailored, which should cost about $40 a shirt before alterations. But the sleeves are a bit long, so I'd have to get those shortened and the body taken in.

    I'll be checking out Normstrack Rack as well this weekend to see if I have any luck with some OTR brands. Already went through most mall brands except the Gap slims which are only available online.


    Well, moderntailor sales is my recommendation. Although for 19 more you can get something from propercloth with their fit guarantee. (link in sig)

    Every Express piece of clothing I have seen has severely disappointed me. BR shirts do not inspire me with sartorial longing either. Although I do like their ties. But only because they come in 3.25"
     
  20. Embargo63

    Embargo63 Well-Known Member

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    I, too, have a problem finding fairly priced shirts that don't make me look as though I'm wearing a trashbag.

    My advice is I would give Eagle Shirtmakers (Macy's) and Kenneth Cole's Slim Fit (also available at Macy's) a try.

    Since the last several posts have been in re mall brands, I feel those recs are fitting (excuse the pun). I do not at all seek to compare these 'mall brands' to the higher end merchandise often discussed here but I think budget has been a concern of recent posters as it is for me.

    Eagle's shirts seem to be of very high quality for the price and mine still look fresh and crisp after numerous washes. They come in a slim fit and while they aren't ultra slim, they are sufficient. they're often on sale at Macy's for $35-50. I think msrp is in the neighborhood of $69.00 or so.
    Also, for what it's worth - Eagle also makes a great 100% silk tie for the money. They're thick, soft, and tie a great knot. Check the tables and see for yourself if you have a moment - can be found for $20-40, depending.

    I got lucky with a Kenneth Cole as I walked in to a Macy's to kill some time and found a KC slim fit in a nice powder blue on the clearence rack for $14.00. Not as high on quality but looks great and will definitely do the trick.

    I've been told by SF vets that BB has some nice choices in their 'Extra Slim' fit. The next time they have a sale, I'm in.

    Just my $00.02!

    - E63
     

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