The Definitive Guide to Slim Fit Shirts

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

  1. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Which is my goal in life at this moment: to find a shirt which fits.

    The annotated version includes bits about not needing tailors, not costing $250, etc etc. If I weren't in a desert, I'd have sorted this out ages ago. I can't imagine people in NYC or SF have got this problem.


    As someone who lives in a relatively small town, where everything is designed to fit overweight retired men, I feel your pain.
     
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    "The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them".
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    I don't know about 'best', since your body type may vary (i.e. my back is wide, so some slim fit shirts simply will NOT fit me), but for the price, I think they are great slim fit shirts that can be purchased without having to take them to a tailor. With UCB clothing, you should be careful never to machine dry them... or they will shrink like no tomorrow; I believe they aren't sanforized.

    Thanks for the info, I am always in the market for good slim fits and never thought of trying Benetton!

    Sean Paul
     
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    A brand named Topman UK recently opened a store in NYC. I haven't had a chance to go their yet but have gone to UK locations quite a few times, their shirts are very slim fitting and are priced at about $50-$60.
     
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    Yeah, the 1MX fitted are the slim ones.

    Quality's definitely not great. I'll see what happens after a few washes.

    An H&M finally opened so I'll look into their shirts. I do hope I'm surprised.

    I'll give the Ben Sherman's a go if I see any. I can't stand button-down collars, pockets, or logos on a shirt so I can't recall having ever seen shirts under that mark I liked. Then again, the good stuff's not going to show up at Nordstrom Rack.


    Ben Sherman Soho (Super Slim) shirts are still the best fitting pre-tailor shirts I've found. Their Mod and Kensington fit shirts still blouse up a bit on me. I'd try them on at the Rack and then from there try to order from the Ben Sherman site when they have stacked discounts - you can usually score a 80-120$ shirt for 20-30$.
     
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    Ben Sherman Soho (Super Slim) shirts are still the best fitting pre-tailor shirts I've found. Their Mod and Kensington fit shirts still blouse up a bit on me. I'd try them on at the Rack and then from there try to order from the Ben Sherman site when they have stacked discounts - you can usually score a 80-120$ shirt for 20-30$.

    Not a bad idea. There's a Nordstrom Rack near mine and it's always got Ben Sherman shirts. I've never liked the designs they've got at NR, so didn't bother even trying them on. Definitely worth a go, however, if I can find something I like on the site for $20-30.

    On the discounts, where are they offered? On the site itself?
     
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    I'll check out Ben Sherman.

    Actually, trying on my Express 1MX shirt with back darts, they actually fit really well. They don't poof in the back, which is my primary problem.

    You can usually score them for 25 bucks each on sale like what everyone else has said. Sure, quality doesn't justify their 60 dollar MSRP, hell maybe even their 25 dollar sale price, but they're cheap slim fitting casual shirts. Somehow, Express shirts have been decreasing in quality ever since then. I have a few Express 1MX shirts from a long time ago (I'm guessing 2 years almost?) and they've held up considerably well after multiple washes. The newer ones I've gotten have been having snags and just loose threads hanging everywhere even after 1 wash. My higher quality shirts (even my BR shirts) don't result in the same way.
     
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    I am one skinny mofo, at 5'10" and 140 lbs. My jacket measurements are 17.5" shoulder (across back) and 37" chest for reference.

    You're hardly skinny. I'm 6'3 and 150. It's sooo hard to find shirts that fit. I've definitely learned to love being this way, though, lets you get away with anything fashion-wise.
     
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    Hey everyone ,

    i have just started a new venture specialising in Italain made shirts .
    I am exteremely pleased with the quality of shirt making plus the fabrics are fantastic .

    anyone used of bought a Giovanni rosmini shirt before ? they are based nr perugia .

    any feedback is very helpful

    website is www.myshirtshop.co.uk .. some interesting designs .
     
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    i feel like custom shirts are the best answer for it all, but it is hard to find a good tailor in most cities who is willing to actually give a good, slim fit.

    anyone who knows of someone in seattle, please let me know.
     
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    anyone know any good deals on black friday for slim shirts?
     
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    i feel like custom shirts are the best answer for it all, but it is hard to find a good tailor in most cities who is willing to actually give a good, slim fit.

    anyone who knows of someone in seattle, please let me know.


    I know someone who lives in Seattle and uses a local tailor. Let me get the contact for you.
     
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    I've checked out a few companies that have been recommended here such as: lewins, tyrwhitt and brook brothers. The one thing that I'm noticing is that there isnt really a good selection of button down, or checked shirts. Even casual slim fit shirts I find are tough to find from the above brands. Another issue is that they are almost all french cuff which is something I am not looking for.

    I currently have a HUGO BOSS slim fit shirt that fits me really well. My problem is the price point on those shirts. So my question is, are there any other recommendations besides in the above mentioned for slim fit shirts on a budget.

    I have tried H&M and my local store is quite small and the shirts I did see didn't look all that well constructed.

    I would welcome any feedback that could point me in a direction to go for some slim fitting casual shirts such as button downs, checked, micro checked, striped, and even solid colors that arent french cuff.

    Thanks!
     
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    anyone who knows of someone in seattle, please let me know.
    Michael, the gentlemanly proprietor of Michael's Bespoke Tailor is the man to seek out for all matters sartorial in this city. His reputation is well-earned, and I recommend him heartily. When last I spoke with him a year or so ago, he had a three-shirt minimum order which started around $450 (the final cost being dependent on the fabric you select). It should be noted, however, that the price includes a full set of measurements, and future orders would not incur that additional cost. Things may have changed since then, so I'd suggest you call him at 206.623.4785. He may take some time to get back to you, however; I'm under the impression that he is a very busy fellow.
     
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    If you are working on a budget, I've been pretty happy with Daniel Hechter shirts, as they offer the largest size combination, while still being trimmer cut.
     

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