Where can I get good slim fitting shirts?

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    I'm a male, 5'8" and about 125 lb. - and finding clothes that fit well has always been a little hard because I'm pretty skinny. Everything is usually too baggy, and when it comes to work attire, I really don't like it. So I was wondering if anyone here knows where I can find reasonably priced, good quality slim fitting shirts? And I'd really like a true slim fitting shirt - a lot of those that I see that say "fitted" or "slim" but they are really not that much different than a normal dress shirt. I've found some from Banana Republic that are pretty good, but I'm interested in finding other sources. Thanks.

    PS / While I am mainly interested in dress shirts, good clothing stores for other slim fitting items would also be nice.
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    My non-tailored shirts come from T.M. Lewin. Their slim fits fit my build which is nearly exactly your size: 5'7" a tad bit under 120 extremely well.
  3. duncanapple macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    I always have this same problem - by time I get a neck size and sleeve length big/long enough, the shirt itself is super baggy - even if it says slim/tailored/fitted/etc.

    I have tried jcrew fitted, hugo boss slim, express tailored, banana slim, etc with no real luck. They are not AS baggy but still not what I wanted.

    The only real solution to this is to get your clothes tailored - the good news is this really isn't expensive and the results are excellent. Find a decent tailor to to take in the sides and armpits (and possibly arms). I pay around $15 a shirt. If you need recommendations, higher end retailers (such as Nordstrom) usually have local tailors they can recommend (they usually outsource their own work).

    Good luck!

    edit - I have also found the $15 tailoring pretty much pays for itself too since I can buy a good dress shirt (such as jcrews 100's threaded shirts) in a standard fit for the same price of one of the pricier brands (ie Hugo Boss) designer (which tend to be more $$) fits, and the end result is both better fitting and cheaper.
  4. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I'm 5' 8", and used to weigh 125 or 130 or so (I've bulked up to almost 140 now), and the best fitting T-shirts you can buy are from Gap. Not the stock ones, but the ones you pay $16 a pop for.. If you buy more than three or something they give you a break.

    The Ribbed style was the best, however that comes and goes and currently it's gone, but the Stretch style is great too. They wear like iron: I have five Gap t shirts - and worn them a lot since I bought'em about 4 years ago - and they're fiiiinally starting to fade a bit. They're very fitted, but not tight at all.

    I checked Gap.com - they don't seem to have the ones I mean; the store would have them.

    EDIT: ...just realized you mean dress shirts. Van Heusen makes a nice fitted cotton sateen fitted dress shirt. It's not 'fitted' a lot, but it's a noticeable difference from the regular cut. Stay away from J Ferrar. I had one and the collar points curled and the shirt wrinkled regardless of any ironing.
  5. ecstasy macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    Where are you located?

    If you're anywhere near a bustling city (NYC, LA, etc.), go to your local H&M/Zara.
  6. nonocei macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Check out H&M, they have a lot of slim fitting clothes (dress shirts & casual).
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Banana Republic is for old people, and old people tend to let themselves go a bit. ;)

    The first thing that comes to mind is American Apparel, but their shirts are also quite long (generally). I don't know. I never really shop there.

    Try indochino.com. I have a perfect perfect fit on my shirts. :) You just need to get your measurements right. And despite their recommendations, make sure you measure yourself with the tape-measure pulled tight. Forget the 1 or 2 finger suggestion they give you in the video on how to get measured.

    What's your budget? If the shirts are over your budget, try HERE for coupon codes. ;) Also, last time I checked, you'd get 3 shirts for $199. Most of their shirts are $99 at regular price.

    Otherwise, try H&M.
  8. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    "I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf, while jerking off listening to Mozart . . ."

    Oh well, just a song I remembered "You're so gay" by Katy Perry when I saw this. :eek:

    Anyway OP, try TM Lewin. Their shirts are of good quality.
  9. Golf Tango macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2007
    Chester, UK
    How about these?

    I've had dozens of shirts from these people over the years, only ever bought from the UK so hopefully the US versions are as good.


    They have a slim fit range, and there's a sale on at the moment as well.
  10. spacemanps macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    New Jersey
  11. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Don't forget Chicago. ;) But that's what I was going to say. Both of those stores are great for what he's looking for.
  12. djon41 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007

    If this isnt available to you, I second the tailoring. It really isnt as expensive as you may think.
  13. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    I find that the slim fit CT shirts are good around the body, but they've been narrow in the shoulders and inconsistent with the neck sizes they send me. For some reason I keep trying, but I think I may look for somebody else sooner than later.

    Also, the best fitting shirts I have are from traveling tailors. The only drawback is the finish isn't as good as something from a store.
  14. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    I have the same exact problem as you. I'm about 5'6" and around 115 pounds. I always hated dressing up since I never had anything that fit well.

    Go buy them from Express. They are pricey, but if you wait until they are on sale you can get some good deals. I recently picked up a few when they were 40% off.

    I buy 1MX Fitted Stretch Cotton shirts in particular, and they fit great. I've never found another dress shirt that fits me so well.

    Link 1

    Link 2

    If there is an actual Express Men near you, I'd recommend going in and picking them up, since they have a lot more colors in their stores than they appear to have online.

    Now, only if somebody could point me in the direction of some slim fitting size 28 dress pants, I'd be set. Nobody seems to make nice pants below size 30.

    For other slim-fitting clothes, I usually go with t-shirts from American Apparel and Levi has some really nice slim jeans.
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I like shirts from H&M, but their smallest sizes have sleeves that are too short for me. I actually use an online tailor now -- the shirt cost is not too expensive, and the fit is amazing. I don't think I could go back.
  16. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Express has been nice for more work related clothes.

    Alternative Apparel or American Apparel for more casual clothes. Urban Outfitters have some nice, but expensive clothes.

    I am just about the same as you. 5'11", 135ish, very skinny. lol
  17. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    You should give Brooks Brothers new slim fit line a look. I've also found that Banana Republic has improved upon their slim fit dress shirts.
  18. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I have the same body type/weight as you.

    As mentioned, Express Men dress shirts fit AMAZINGLY (get the ones labelled 'Fitted'). They are having good sales now, you can get a lot of nice shirts/ties.

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