What is Brooks' Bros. sizing like compared to other brands?

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  1. CushyCouture

    CushyCouture Well-Known Member

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    I am 5'9 165. In the past I've had problems with jcrew "favorite shirts"(they don't seem to have these anymore) where the chest and upper back area were a little too tight-I remember wearing a medium then. Also, the torso length was a little short(not THAT short, just when I stretched you could see my lower stomach), but everything else fit fine(neck, stomach, sleeves) To give you some more sizes to compare to, I wear L ralph lauren polos, and M calvin klein undershirts.

    In addition to their regular sizing, would Brooks' Brothers slim fit fit me?
     


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    bellyhungry Senior member

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    I am almost the same size as you. Is your neck size 15.5 or 16? Either case, you should be able to go with BB's Extra Slim Fit.
     


  3. Levator Superioris

    Levator Superioris Well-Known Member

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    Brooks has many different varieties of fits. However, the selections of the slim types isn't as good. For example I was told they do not make french cuffs on the blue label slim ones.
     


  4. CushyCouture

    CushyCouture Well-Known Member

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    I doubt I'd fit the slim fit, let alone the extra slim fit. I don't know my neck size either. Can anybody else reply to this thread and compare brooks' fitting to other brands like gap or ck? For example, I have a sweater from gap that is large but after a couple washings it is kind of short on my torso. And how do the Brooks Brothers polos fit? I have a problem with ralph lauren polos in that a L is a little tight fitting, though the length is fine. I've gained some weight and am 170 some pounds now.
     


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    jt10000 Senior member

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    If you don't know your own neck size, you haven't even seriously started to look into fit. Do your own homework first, then ask for help.
     


  6. House

    House Well-Known Member

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    Is that the Polo in the slim cut in L? BB in large slim cut will fit you the best. There is no xslim in the polos and besides, the xslim is an entirely different beast.
    You'll be happy with them. I've worn just about every polo made over the years and for the price the BB is good. I've just looked and there are a few colours that are selling for $32 so with another 15% you can get 3 for $85+ ship
     


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    jt10000 Senior member

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    Touched a nerve, huh? Can't be bothered to learn a fundamental measurement.

    Do you know your chest size?
     


  8. CushyCouture

    CushyCouture Well-Known Member

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    It is the regular fit. I found online that Brooks Brothers runs large, so that if I usually wear L I should wear M. I'm considering getting a jacket and in my experience even a L in Gap or North Face jacket gets a little short after a few washings. This is strange because I'm not even tall. I'm leaning towards getting a L.

    I am headed downtown next week and will visit a store and try something on to see. I remember when I was in NY and looked into their store they seemed to exclusively sell suits. Will they sell casualwear at their stores too? And do I kind of need to dress up before entering the store to be taken seriously? Thanks.
     


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    Texasmade Senior member

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    I'm 5-8 about 180 lbs and I wear a medium in BB polo slim fit shirts. My dress shirts are 15.5-32 in the slim fit which fit me pretty good. I also have some SS linen slim fit linen shirts and those are all in medium also.

    FYI, my weight will usually range from 175-185 and even at my heaviest at 190 the M size slim fit polos would still fit me (just barely).
     


  10. House

    House Well-Known Member

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    You said you never wore them and were asking an opinion so how do you know they run large? I measured one I have in a slim Large and the chest is only 46" so allowing the normal 4" for movement on knit shirts a L will fit a man with a 42" chest.
     


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    House Well-Known Member

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    You would normally wear a large but it depends how your weight is distributed and if you have fully developed bone structure.If your chest is an average 42" then L is your size otherwise you're wearing your shirts too tight.
     


  12. CushyCouture

    CushyCouture Well-Known Member

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    I read that they run large from various sources online, and it seems to be true from this thread also. Thank you for taking the time to measure your shirt and reply in this thread.
     


  13. CushyCouture

    CushyCouture Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that gives me a better idea of Brooks Brothers fit. I'll seriously consider a M then, which is unfortunate because there is something I want to get that's only available in L haha. Before buying I'll make sure to head to the shop and try on some stuff - has anybody ever been to the physical store? Do they sell casualwear like polos, casual jackets/sweaters? And are you supposed to dress up(wear a collared shirt) before entering?
     


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    My BB Regent and Fitzgerald jackets are size 41. The polo shirts can get tight on me depending on how in shape I am or what I've been lifting but the dress shirts and SS linen shirts fit fine. I've tried the large slim fit polos and they just don't fit me well.
     
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    Okay so to make it simpler, how does Brooks Brothers fit when compared to Polo Ralph Lauren ?
    There is one pretty expensive jacket that I like on their website and I am reluctant to take the risk without knowing their fitting
     


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