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What is the point of using darts in shirts? Wouldn't it be simpler and cleaner to cut the pattern n

lalaland

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Okay maybe I'm retarded here, but this is a question I've always had. Why do some shirts - such as the Eton slim fit I just purchased - have darts?

I have a 10 year old Yves St. Laurent shirt that is still a favorite of mine - I believe this is from when Tom Ford was designing for them. It uses no darts and is beautifully tapered. But every other damn slim fit shirt I have uses darts.

What's the point? It's a cleaner look without them - just cut the shirt slim in the beginning.

If it's to save money I can see that on my Zara shirts, but my $$ Eton?

I must be lacking some understanding here.
 

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I think darts look extremely feminine. One detail I will never have on my shirts.
 

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What's the point?  It's a cleaner look without them - just cut the shirt slim in the beginning.

Do your jackets have darts?

People arguing against shirt darts are like people arguing against jacket darts. If you don't need them don't get them. If you've got more then average drop etc the idea of just cutting the shirt slim to begin with is :embar:
 

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Darts are an alternative method to give shape to the waist of a shirt. Nothing wrong or right about using them and it is the discretion of the maker. Since darts are on the back part and not on the sides they create shape that follows the curvature of your back. This way you can have a fitted waist with no pulling if you have some love handles at your waist or a big belly and don't want the sides shaped in too much. It's a method if shaping I've seen on Charvet shirts so high end and lesser qualities use them.
 

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Just for reference, all of my favourite shirts have darts on them.
 

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