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Why is it so hard to find a true Slim Dress Shirt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bexcellence, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Bexcellence

    Bexcellence Senior member

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    Most of these slim shirts are slimmer than the typical one, but there is still too much fabric. I'm looking for shirts that are this slim:

    I know these are professional shots and they make the clothes extra tight, this is what I'm looking for but with a more reasonable fit. I've seem people walking about with slim fits similar to these (not this tight though)

    Is MTM the only way to get this fit? Or are you familiar with a brand that sells shirts that are actually slim? Purple Label is a bit out of my range at around $400 per shirt.

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  2. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior member

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    How slim is slim? That is a relative terms. There are many slim RTW shirts, some more than others. What is your size or measurements? Which ones have you tried? These answers will help people provide answers.
     
  3. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    because it's not just 'slim', it's slim for you, and 'for you' is very specific. manufacturers are designing based on general ideal model body shapes, so your best bet is to hunt around and try on a LOT of different off the rack shirts to see if your body type matches one of the manufacturers ideal body type... otherwise, and more likely, yes, you can find something that's close OTR and then tailor it either by tapering the body and arms or adding darts, or going semi custom like Made To Measure or fully custom like Bespoke.

    all that being said, a shirt is a complex garment and HOW it wears as you move is not as simple as a static perfect cut while you're standing there in front of the mirror at the tailors... I have shirts that seem slim but then feel loose, and others that look loose yet feel restricted as I go about my day.

    hope that helps
     
  4. Bexcellence

    Bexcellence Senior member

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    thanks^ and I've tried Hugo Boss, CT (Tailored/extra slim) and BR slim. They're not generally baggy, but they arent as slim as I'd like (similar to the ones above).

    My measurements are 16 x 35 length
     
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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Assuming your own reported measurement are correct, those are hard numbers to achieve in RTW.
     
  6. scypticalchymist

    scypticalchymist Active Member

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    I am a 15.5/36 and also have a hard time finding slim fitting shirts for a reasonable price (although the pictures you posted are ridiculously tight for my tastes). Brooks Brothers extra slim fit shirts (the USA made OCBDs in particular) fit me very well off the rack. You could buy those and get darts put in by a tailor if you want a slimmer fit.
     
  7. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    Try one of the Ledbury slim shirts (they're an SF affiliate). The one I got is probably the best fitting shirt I own -- it has room in the chest (where my CT tailored fit are tight), which still being very slim at the waist. Their 16-slim is 16x35 by default.

    I think they're having a slight new years sale right now too, so it might be a good time to try. I think they're still doing their referral program -- if you sign up with a referral link, you get $25 in credit. I can send you my referral link if you'd like.
     
  8. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    I'd just go MTM - I've been using Luxire and have been very happy with their work.
     
  9. lucidream

    lucidream Active Member

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    you could try calvin klein x slim (x is very important)
     
  10. Bexcellence

    Bexcellence Senior member

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    if its bigger in the chest then it wont be much help
     
  11. Bexcellence

    Bexcellence Senior member

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    Any other suggestions?
     
  12. Frankie22

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    I own several slim fit shirts from ledbury and they are not that slim when compared to my MTM shirts. In fact, the sleeves are kind of baggy. Nice shirts, though.
     
  13. Frankie22

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    RLPL is not that slim. Black label is slimmer. You need to have your shirts made to achieve what you are after, its that simple.
     
  14. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    You should definitely check out Scandinavian shirt brands, here a slim fit shirt is a lot tighter than in the UK and US. One of the more famous one's is the Swedish shirt manufacturer Eton: http://etonshirts.com/en/#collection

    They are sold all over the world, and are of decent quality. They can be bought online in the US from here for example: http://theclotherie.com/online-shop/eton-shirts

    They also have their own online shop based in the UK: http://www.etonshirts.co.uk/
    It cost a bit to ship overseas though, but if you buy a couple of shirts at once and possibly some of the items that are on sale at the moment, you might come off at an okay price anyway.

    Other brands with the same kind of very slim fit shirts are Stenströms and Tiger of Sweden.
     
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  15. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    A tailor is generally your friend here - shirts can be taken in from the sides. Look for European shirts - they are cut a lot slimmer than American ones.
     
  16. DJosef

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    I have a similar problem. I have a healthy, moderately athletic body shape, and most RTW shirts give me muffin tops and "flying squirrel" armpits.

    My experiences are:
    - C&A "slim fit" dress shirts fit me okay with neither of the above, but I need to move the collar button by a notch to have a comfortable "insert two fingers" fit on my neck. Since I'm on the small side, I need to go with XS, which is pretty rare.
    - The absolute same situation with Uniqlo slim fit shirts. They are pretty cheap, but quite forgettable both in fabric and cut, the C&A ones are superior. (Though Uniqlo readily carries XS, while C&A may have them once in a leap year if lucky.)
    - I also tried Topman slim shirts, which ARE rather slim, but far too slim in chest too, so that's a no for me.

    Everything else I've tried was too big and bulky, even in their minimum size, both in Europe and New York. I was planning to check out Suitsupply's extra slims but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I guess the only REAL solution is MTM.
     
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  17. Viral

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    beware of the images on websites.............RLPL, for example, are pinned on the models - their shirts do not fit like they appear.

    that said, this is probably the 3rd or 4th similar thread about this topic I've seen..........how hard can it be??? Maybe what you're looking for requires custom tailoring?
     
  18. Midnight

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    Based on the shirts I've measured, Hugo Boss Extra Slim fit comes out the slimmest.
     
  19. Brian278

    Brian278 Senior member

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    Ralph Lauren Black Label or MTM. Those are the only solutions I've been able to come up with.
     
  20. md2010

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    RLBL shirts are not slim.
    PRL offers slim fit dress shirts really nice slim fittings. But only to EU market.PRL offering is good for regular business use.
    Other than that...
    Ck grey label offers the slimmest fit of all. I am w27 and they fit nicely(size 37). D&G offer similar fittings.PS by Paul smith. Most fashion brands or diffusion lines offers really slim fit shirts.
    Downside of all of them are they don’t holdup that good for regular wear. After 3-4 washes they look a bit too worn for dressy business shirt(which they are really not meant for at the first place anyway).
     
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