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What does a shirt size 15½-5 mean?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GargleBlaster, May 21, 2011.

  1. GargleBlaster

    GargleBlaster Member

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    I got a Brooks Brothers shirt from the thrift store that says "Brooks Brothers Makers" on it, is made in the USA, and the size is 15½-5. It fits at the shoulders and I'm going to get it tailored to fit everywhere else, but I was wondering what the "5" meant. I'd expect a number somewhere between 32 and 35.

    Also, eBay has one that is 15½-3 for cheap. I'm wondering if it is also likely to fit in the shoulders.
     


  2. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    35 inch sleeve (measured from the middle of the yoke/shoulders down to the wrist). The ebay one should fit the same at the shoulders, but the sleeves will be 2 inches shorter.
     


  3. GargleBlaster

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    Shoulder size is the same for shirts with the same collar size? A Nordstrom employee told me the opposite, that sleeve length determined shoulder width. Also, he measured me at 16" around the neck, but this 15½ seems to fit me, so whatever.
     


  4. gotlighters

    gotlighters Senior member

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    nordstrom employees dont know shit
     


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    Moss Senior member

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    For Brooks, neck size determines torso and shoulders.
     


  6. JDMills

    JDMills Senior member

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    15.5 inch collar size and a 35 inch in sleeve measured from the middle of the yoke.
     


  7. GargleBlaster

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    For Brooks, neck size determines torso and shoulders.

    Ah, I didn't know it depended on the brand. He was talking about Nordstrom shirts, so maybe he's right.
     


  8. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    GB remember only one gargle blaster to a customer.

    and an enlightening 42 to all.
     


  9. GargleBlaster

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    Hurrah for recognizing my user name :)
     


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