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tucking in dress shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pauliodotnet, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. raumil

    raumil Active Member

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    Exactly, my body would fit fine into a 15-15.5 shirt, I have a large Adams Apple which usually require me to purchase a 16 collar, in return I end up with added fabric in the body. A competent tailor can take in a dress shirt for you.

    I have the same problem... the body of a 15.5 shirt fits me perfectly but the collar is always too tight. I have to buy 16 size shirts and have them tailor fitting very close by my seamst. lady.
     
  2. bigbris1

    bigbris1 Senior member

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    Shirts that snap between the legs. /thread.
     
  3. raumil

    raumil Active Member

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    darts?

    i have had all my shirts tailored at 15 a shirt, and the lady is solid, but there is still excess that folds over.

    and explain these darts :p


    Darts are two vertical seams in the back of a shirt usually were your kidneys are located. Thet are usually on either side of your spine. They do the opposite of pleats. Darts are more common in women shirts than men. To find darted men shirts go to Hawes and Curtis and check their Brandon and Stirling shirts. I own seven of them and they have the darts on them. [​IMG]
     
  4. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    tuck into your underwear son.
     
  5. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    Military tuck as described earlier in this thread works really well. There are a ton of vidoes online that show how to do this ... I learnt this when I was in boy scouts back in school and have been following it ever since. Here is a sample video: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...ideoID=1313494 Kent-wang like body hugging fit is NOT a solution to this problem. Dress shirts are supposed to be a bit baggy (but not tent-like) so that you can wear them comfortably all day long. On a related note, I also like the military tuck for my ties. I do this once in a while and it always draws compliments. I love this look with a OCBD and a repp tie. Like the guy on the right extreme here: [​IMG] Do any of you here like this too?
     
  6. eg1

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    Military tuck as described earlier in this thread works really well. There are a ton of vidoes online that show how to do this ... I learnt this when I was in boy scouts back in school and have been following it ever since. Here is a sample video:
    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...ideoID=1313494

    Kent-wang like body hugging fit is NOT a solution to this problem. Dress shirts are supposed to be a bit baggy (but not tent-like) so that you can wear them comfortably all day long.

    On a related note, I also like the military tuck for my ties. I do this once in a while and it always draws compliments. I love this look with a OCBD and a repp tie. Like the guy on the right extreme here:[​IMG]

    Do any of you here like this too?



    I don't know about like, but I will do it when I need to keep my tie from flopping out and into things -- loading the dishwasher; using the football pads in a lay-up line; eating soup, etc.
     
  7. indigolee

    indigolee New Member

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    shirt makers have been getting it wrong for so long, and even brooks brothers slim fit is like an potato sack. getting your shirt tailored can be expensive but undoubtedly the best option, if you can afford it.

    i've tried buying shirts off-the-rack, and getting them taken in, but as already stated, this can still sometimes still leave baggage. there was a long while i used to get all my shirts custom tailored, but that started getting a bit expensive so i started trying custom online.

    i've used www.blank-label.com a few times and am to-date pretty happy with the quality and the fit. it's a little annoying that you have to wait three weeks to get it, but if you're not in a rush, it's a pretty fun exercise and with shirts from $45, it's a pretty good option.
     
  8. bmf895

    bmf895 Senior member

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    shirt makers have been getting it wrong for so long, and even brooks brothers slim fit is like an potato sack. getting your shirt tailored can be expensive but undoubtedly the best option, if you can afford it.

    i've tried buying shirts off-the-rack, and getting them taken in, but as already stated, this can still sometimes still leave baggage. there was a long while i used to get all my shirts custom tailored, but that started getting a bit expensive so i started trying custom online.

    i've used www.blank-label.com a few times and am to-date pretty happy with the quality and the fit. it's a little annoying that you have to wait three weeks to get it, but if you're not in a rush, it's a pretty fun exercise and with shirts from $45, it's a pretty good option.


    Anyone (who has more than 1 post and joined before March 2010) tried this place? It's hard to believe this isn't PR.
     
  9. Bounder

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    It's hard to believe this isn't PR.

    No! Really? What tipped you off? [​IMG]

    Actually, I'm glad this thread got revived. Apparently, everyone who posts on SF has the body of a greek statue. Because if any of the posters in this thread had even 8 ounces of stomach fat, they would know that body-hugging shirts look really awful. Unless you have six-pack abs, it looks much better to wear a slightly looser shirt and then pull it up a little after you have initially tucked it in. When you do so, whatever paunch you have magically disappears.

    There is a reason dress shirts are made out of cotton instead of spandex.
     
  10. bmf895

    bmf895 Senior member

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    No! Really? What tipped you off? [​IMG]

    Actually, I'm glad this thread got revived. Apparently, everyone who posts on SF has the body of a greek statue. Because if any of the posters in this thread had even 8 ounces of stomach fat, they would know that body-hugging shirts look really awful. Unless you have six-pack abs, it looks much better to wear a slightly looser shirt and then pull it up a little after you have initially tucked it in. When you do so, whatever paunch you have magically disappears.

    There is a reason dress shirts are made out of cotton instead of spandex.


    Loose fitting shirts are rarely flattering on anybody. Nobody is advocating a painted on shirt. But even overweight folks look better with a well-shaped, fitted (to their particular body) shirt. What's the point of excess baggy fabric randomly dispersed?

    Disclosure: I have a greek statue body.
     
  11. GBR

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    Untucked is fine when you are in an informal environment.

    A prisy view that it must be tucked whatever the situation is utterly unreal.
     
  12. intent

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    Untucked is fine when you are in an informal environment.

    A prisy view that it must be tucked whatever the situation is utterly unreal.

    I disagree. The way most people wear their untucked shirts make them look juvenile and sloppy.
     
  13. donCarlos

    donCarlos Well-Known Member

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    Untucked is fine when you are in an informal environment.

    A prisy view that it must be tucked whatever the situation is utterly unreal.

    why do you think so? When I untuck my shirt, it´s a sign that I´m way too drunk to know what I´m doing and that I shall stop and go home.
     
  14. coltboy75

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    But seriously, does anyone think having the rubber-type material in the inside waist band of the pant helps minimize the amount of shirt that is pulled out and bunches throughout the day? I've found, in the one or two pairs of pants that have this, that the friction works well enough in keeping the shirt tucked into place.[/quote]

    I have one pair of slacks and one suit that has the rubber strips sewn inside the waistband. I feel they are very effective.
     
  15. RPierson

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    Loosing weight lets you tuck in your shirt farther thus eliminating overhang. Plus losing weight always makes clothes look better on oneself!
     
  16. bowtielover

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    The best way to go about this is the have the shirt fitted. You can do this by either bying pre tailored shirts or going to a tailor and having them take the sides in. I get it done to all of my shirts and they fit great not only dose it look nice but helps the shirt stay tucked in better as well.
     
  17. MBreinin

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    I unzip the fly and tighten it up while tucked in. It works wonders. However, you are always reaching into your pants. LOL.

    Also, wearing DB suits elimates this issue as you see only the very top of the shirt. It is only when wearing a SB suit, or just a shirt tucked into pants, that I am constantly messing with the tuck.

    I am not rail thin, I can assure you. But, I don't like some messy, loose, ill tucked shirt hanging out making me look fat. A well tucked shirt is slimming.

    Mike
     
  18. emc894

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    Darts my friend, darts. [​IMG]

    Jon.


    Guys who play darts are usually pretty fat. I guess that could help you fill some of it out.


    I think you guys go overboard wearing super tight shirts that make you look young and fashionista-ish.
     
  19. Sydguy

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    The rubber in the waist band does hold the tucked shirt better than a normal waist band. I don't have any of these anymore.

    Tucking into underpants helps too, but I never find that comfy.

    Presently I just size down and do not wear a tie. Just keep a few shirts on hand where you can comfortably do the top button up.

    Obviously tailoring is the best option, and not getting too worried about it. If the shirt fits well the problem is negated. Unless I do some stretching/star jumps or the like tucking is not really an issue.

    Not sure how darts would look... two seams on the back, I ssume they would be visible about the belt? Not for me I think. But I don't dwell on the tuck!
     
  20. glowell222

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    My dad was in the army, and he said that they do a fold on each side of the torso, so that there is no excess material in the front or back. This would create a "Z" fold on each side of your body.

    Now, if you are wearing a coat I guess this would be OK, but if you are coatless, is this better or worse than putting all of the excess in the back?


    This works well with military creases on a fairly trim person, and not so well if either one of those conditions are not met.

    Shirt stays work well, and are comfortable if you know how to wear them. That pic was a good example of how not to wear them.
     

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