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True collar size on BB shirts; does it run one size bigger?

psy3

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So I ordered a couple of ESF shirts from BB couple days ago.

I usually wear 15.5 collar, but ordered 15 for these shirts, only because two BB shirts (though 346 version from outlet) I have are 15 and fit pretty well without being too tight. When I measured the collar size of those 15's I have, it turned out to be 15.5 inches. (Now, I know why these fit okay to my neck, while all other size 15 shirts choked me out)

Though I am aware there must be size variability for each brand, I was wondering this is the case for other forum members who own ESF shirts. If they run true to their size, I will have to call them tomorrow and hopefully change the order before they ship out.
 

ishakir

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Yeah, I've come to this realization as well on the BB ESF shirts. I'm the same as you, I wear a 15.5 in nearly every other shirt vendor but a 15 in the BB ESF shirts.
 

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I literally just tried on some ESF shirts today and was surprised by this. I tried on a 16.5 gingham shirt and the body fit nice but the neck was huge! So size down, right? Tried on a 16 and the collar fit but the shoulders were too narrow for me.

The strange thing though is I have the slim fit supima ocbd in a 16.5 and the collar fits nice, a little loose but not terribly so. I think they'll slim down if I dry them in the dryer.
 

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If you have a 15" neck, a 15" inch collar won't physically fit around it. Shirt makers typically add .5" to your neck measurement to yield the correct collar size.

Since a size 15 BB shirt is designed to fit a 15" neck, its collar size should be 15.5" post-shrinkage. Right out of the packaging, it will measure .25-.5" greater than that to allow for shrinking post-wash.

My experience with the heritage fabric OC (must iron) is that it will shrink about .5" after washing.
 

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They're supposed to shrink to your neck after time.
 

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I find that the OCBDs shrink a lot more than the non-iron shirts. The other "must iron" shirts will likely do the same.

My tailor says I require a 16.75" to 17" measurement for the collar, 16.5" bare neck. I measured my BB collars using the Modern Tailor guidelines (center of button to center of button hole).

I have the slim fit and the regular fit (from outlets) non-iron shirts in size 16.5" that measure 16.75" after approx. 6 washes. They may not have shrunk at all, I will have to measure the next one I buy before washing.

I have the regular fit OCBDs (outlet, using same material as mainline) size 16.5". They started with gaping collars and shrunk to 16.5". I can just close the collar, but not comfortably. I don't wear a tie with these so it is not too bad. The Sleeves also shrunk a little more (by about .25" more) than I expected, but again it's workable. I may move the buttons if I feel like wearing a tie.

I haven't tried the ESF because the regular SF are close to perfect for me, but I hope this information is helpful.
 

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