Crisis: I Can't Find Dress Shirts that Fit!

  • torontoguy222...

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    Sep 14, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    I'm serious! I've been to every store, even the ones where I usually have success in finding clothes to fit my tiny frame (5'4ish, 133lbs). H&M had a huge variety but NONE of them fit! There was just pathetic amounts of material everywhere. Ugh. Zara's has this one type of shirt that fits beautifully, but they only manufacture them in a few basic colours.

    I've tried the kids sections too! No luck.

    HELPPPPPPPP! *cries*. What can I do??? Where will I ever find dress shirts that fit?! I'm starting an internship at city hall on Wednesday and my selection of office wear is very limited!

    I'm in Toronto. Do I have to go over to China or Japan to buy clothes? This is becoming one of the most frustrating shopping experiences EVER!

    Tony
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    Sep 14, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    Here's the problem I face, perhaps similar to yours: I apparently have a disproportionately thick neck to my body trunk size, so that packaged shirts that can be buttoned at the collar for a tie, are too loose and baggy elsewhere, even choosing an athletic cut. I have gone to custom shirt stores for tailor-made, but that is very expensive.

    So I buy first for my collar size and sleeve length, then have the body tailored down. Costs a bit more, obviously, but it's not difficult for them to do. I buy most of my dress shirts at men's stores that have a tailor on staff. For department store shirts I take them to a private seamstress, which you can often find through a larger dry cleaner, at least in the US.
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    Sep 15, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    get fat! hope that helpssssssss icon_razz.gif
  • Timbales

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    Sep 15, 2009 12:22 AM GMT
    What's wrong with the basic colors in the style that fits?
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    Sep 15, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    I can't find pants that fit. My waist is 28"-29", but nobody, absolutely NOBODY carries that. So I have to go for 30". But even those are a rare find. Even the more stylish places have almost no selection unless you're at least a 34". (They do, however, have reams of 40", 42" and 44".)

    One good thing, though: Recently I was shopping at this nice place and they had marked down a pair of 30s -- their last pair -- from $190.00 -- to $19.00!! 90 per cent off. I immediately bought them. They were marked down, I was told, because nobody was that size anymore.
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:35 AM GMT
    Try Banana Republic, ask for the SLIM FIT Dress shirt
  • me35mtl

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    Sep 15, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    your gonna have to stick to the European shops..and even then you have to take it to the tailors to get it taken in which will cost some $ but its worth it ..
    A friend of mine has the same problem..but he orders his clothes on line from different places that have real cool clothes but for slim guys..

    I kinda know what you mean though with fit..being 5ft8 is not your typical sample size so the proportions is abit fucked up depending on style and where i get it from..but im so glad i put on the weight ..when i was younger i was 115 and NOTHING fit..now at 145 i can finally wear decent stuff
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:49 AM GMT
    I buy the shirts that fit in the collar and sleeve and then take them to a tailor to be taken in. The cost is usually 15 bucks or so and makes up for not having to go to fancy european style. Just my 2 cents.

    PS I bought a sewing machine and am practicing on doing it myself...just a craft project
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Sep 15, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
    Sadly, if you're an unusual size, you pretty much have to deal with tailoring.

    In the mean time, dress shirts that say "modern fit" will have a lot less extra fabric at the waist than will standard fit ones.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 15, 2009 7:20 AM GMT
    Please try this dress shirt company:


    http://www.thomaspink.com/
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    Sep 15, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
    I know they can be a little expensive, but perhaps try a tailor, they can either make you a shirt from nothing or you can take a shirt you like to them and they'll make it fit!

    I have this problem too, and i get some of my uniforms tailored so i dont blow away when the wind comes up!!

    Your other option is to get a mr SIngaporean man to tailor clothes for you too I do this whenever im in Singapore! icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 15, 2009 8:07 AM GMT
    Dude, I know exactly how you feel. Every time I go out shopping I throw a bitch fit [ha! get it? bitch 'fit' .....ok I'll stop, I had to do it =( ] because I see tons of XL and no XS.

    The store I have been getting my dress shirts from lately (and pretty much my favorite place to shop now) is Express. Try the 1MX shirt, they have 2 different styles: 'modern' and 'fitted' I personally like the fitted one better because it's a bit slimmer through the waist and shoulders.

    Check out their website It's STILL very hard to find S and XS, but definitely A LOT EASIER than going to the actual store.

    Good luck man!
    Skinny/shorties for life! hah
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    Sep 15, 2009 8:41 AM GMT
    As a former manager and certified fashion expert for EXPRESS, I would suggest you try on a couple of shirts:

    1.) MK2 Shirt - Its a military inspired fitted shirt complete with front pockets and shoulder boards that help pop out your shoulders giving you a bigger look. The are fitted and should not be loose. They are cut leaner along on the arm and shoulders and then tappered through the mid section. I would recommend you try on the Cotton Strech as if it still fits you a little big you could toss it in the wash with hot water and bake it in the dry and it will shrink but still expand to a good clean fit because of the 95% Cotton/5%spandex material.

    2.) 1MX Fitted - Basicly the same thing minus the shoulder boards and pockets. A much more professional look however there is no wrong way to wear it.

    both of these shirts come in different styles and colors so I would say check out the store or even online. Also in the 1MX Modern-Fit they do make an XS in some select colors. Good luck and hope this helps.
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    Sep 15, 2009 8:52 AM GMT
    It turns out that getting a tailored shirt isn't that much more expensive than buying from expensive Italian designers or Donna Karan (which is what I usually end up doing). And you get a shirt that looks incredible, cause it fits you perfectly. You all should check out a local shirt maker.

    I should too.

    * wonders why I never follow my own advice *
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    Sep 15, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidIt turns out that getting a tailored shirt isn't that much more expensive than buying from expensive Italian designers or Donna Karan (which is what I usually end up doing). And you get a shirt that looks incredible, cause it fits you perfectly. You all should check out a local shirt maker.

    I should too.

    * wonders why I never follow my own advice *

    I've done that, but still find it a bit pricey, compared to simply having a packaged shirt tailored down, as a number of guys above have suggested. These days I don't even have my formal white dress shirts made (with the pleated front for wear with studs and a black bow tie), merely altered, and they still run me well over $200, which I think is quite enough for a shirt. I'm not a designer label hound, though I do like some things fitted to my personal specs, which is what really matters, like my bow ties that are all custom made to my exact neck size so the bow knots perfectly (no adjustable buckles to see with a wing collar).

    An ordinary dress shirt, which I take to mean one to wear closed-collar with a 4-in-hand tie and a business suit, shouldn't cost you very much, even with alterations. But if you're built like me, you won't find that ready made, even with a Trim or Athletic fit, though those are better.
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    Sep 15, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    I've got a bit of the opposite problem, but you're on the lucky end of it. I'm 6'10" 215 lbs, and can't find ANYTHING off the rack that fits just right in the way of business attire. If the sleeves are long enough, it's only because the shoulders are too wide, and if the body fits nicely, the sleeves hit me in the 3/4 length range... So I feel the frustration. Pants are also a nightmare... I'm a 33"x40", and any slacks I find that are long enough have such a huge rise that they hit me just under the armpits it seems... and they're almost ALWAYS pleated... blah...

    My advice... look around until you find something that works, and buy it in every color they offer.
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    Sep 15, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidI'm serious! I've been to every store, even the ones where I usually have success in finding clothes to fit my tiny frame (5'4ish, 133lbs). H&M had a huge variety but NONE of them fit! There was just pathetic amounts of material everywhere. Ugh. Zara's has this one type of shirt that fits beautifully, but they only manufacture them in a few basic colours.

    I've tried the kids sections too! No luck.

    HELPPPPPPPP! *cries*. What can I do??? Where will I ever find dress shirts that fit?! I'm starting an internship at city hall on Wednesday and my selection of office wear is very limited!

    I'm in Toronto. Do I have to go over to China or Japan to buy clothes? This is becoming one of the most frustrating shopping experiences EVER!

    Tony


    Get bigger. Full-figured models for fat asses are every where. LOL. Regular sizes are everywhere. It's hard to find tiny. You'll just have to become a bigger stud.

    Truthfully, today's clothes are cut for an obese population, which you're clearly not one of. It can be difficult to find clothes that fit healthy people or folks that are muscular. There's way over-priced designer crap for anorexics but they're still taller than you. You may find shopping in a sporting goods store to help, and to find things more durable than crap you'd find at the mall. Sometimes, you'll have to involve the service of a seamstress and / or tailor.

    Ever try shopping for a 30 inseam, a 30 waist, 28 inch thigh, and 19 inch neck, 54 inch shoulders, or a 48 chest, at my arm lengths? Clothes, especially now days, are made for fat asses, or skinny starving boys. I've found simple stuff works best. Stay away from designer garbage.
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    Sep 15, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    jlaneh saidI've got a bit of the opposite problem, but you're on the lucky end of it. I'm 6'10" 215 lbs, and can't find ANYTHING off the rack that fits just right in the way of business attire...

    6'10"??? OMG, that's 14 inches taller than me! I can imagine your problem with finding clothes. Your profile also states a 33" waist, a good proportion for your height; you must be one helluva impressive guy in person. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 15, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    Tony,

    You´d look good in one of these. I think they do formal wear too icon_wink.gif

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    Sep 15, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    I highly recommend Express for dress shirts. I'm quite slim around the torso but their shirts always fit close without being snug. They also have some great sales around this time of year and often some really nice colors.
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    Sep 15, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    Did you try Club Monaco, they have stores in Toronto?

    One of the few stores that actually carry size 28W slacks I fit in and shirts labeled XS that fit good. Was there yesterday and brought two shirts off the sale rack.
  • JaxCntrl

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    Sep 15, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    Try Brooks Brothers Slim Fit... a lot of their shirts come in Non-Iron which are amazing! Heat (including body heat) keep them from wrinkling!
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    Sep 15, 2009 5:20 PM GMT

    These guys make great shirts - probably the best I've ever owned. They aren't cheap, but they fit incredibly well; they're comfortable, great looking and they last forever. They also have a 'slim-fit' collection and will ship to Canada:

    http://www.thomaspink.com/pws/ChooseCountryPreference.ice?countryIsoParam=CA&forward=home
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    Sep 15, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidI'm serious! I've been to every store, even the ones where I usually have success in finding clothes to fit my tiny frame (5'4ish, 133lbs). H&M had a huge variety but NONE of them fit! There was just pathetic amounts of material everywhere. Ugh. Zara's has this one type of shirt that fits beautifully, but they only manufacture them in a few basic colours.

    I've tried the kids sections too! No luck.

    HELPPPPPPPP! *cries*. What can I do??? Where will I ever find dress shirts that fit?! I'm starting an internship at city hall on Wednesday and my selection of office wear is very limited!

    I'm in Toronto. Do I have to go over to China or Japan to buy clothes? This is becoming one of the most frustrating shopping experiences EVER!

    Tony


    try singapore as well icon_razz.gif
  • torontoguy222...

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    Sep 15, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    Great (and humourous) responses guys! lol.

    I've never actually purchased more than a jockstrap and undies online lol. I figure it's nearly impossible to find something that fits in store, that I'd be a fool to purchase clothes online. You just can't know if it fits! lol. The Thomas Pink and Express sites look interesting. It's a shame none of those companies have retail stores in Canada *tear*. I'll look into those sites with a bit more depth and see if there's any winners.

    As for the tailor idea, I've had shirts taken in a few times before if it fits OK on the arms and shoulders (just not on the belly). The problem lately is that I can't even find shirts that fit adequately there! Grr.

    Zara is still probably my best bet if I want the plain coloured shirts. But I wanted some more variety, like white with black stripes, or a light blue or something, because I purchased a few vests and I need matching shirts to wear underneath. I'll check out Club Monaco, although I'm sure they're $$ lol.

    Ugh. Frustrating indeed!