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  • nicholascrawford
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    I bet Indochino would do alright, seeing how they seem to "get" me suit-wise. But I'm planning to get a Ratio shirt because they're made in America and are a stand-up kind of company, it seems. At this point, I'm holding out for some kind of a promotion. Even if I have to buy 4 shirts to qualify, I would feel better about it. Their whole catalog seems pretty desirable.


    I emailed them, and they said that if I order several shirts, they'd do one, have me confirm the fit, then do the others. If the first one is a flop, I would just cancel the rest of my order, but if it works well, I would be very pleased to have a bunch of their shirts. I'm just getting sick of settling in one aspect or another every time I buy a dress shirt. Brooks Brothers makes a small handful of shirts in 14.5/34, but they're the same price as a MTM shirt by Ratio.

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  • Mike B
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    No, are you thinking of ordering a custom shirt? Which company are you going to try?

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  • nicholascrawford
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    Have you gotten a custom shirt?

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  • Mike B
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    I err on the side of the Medium these days. For years I would get small size shirts with sleeves that were too short and I eventually got sick of it (I don't like to roll my sleeves either). I live with the bigness in the body and tell myself that maybe someday I'll get the shirt tailored. For off the rack dress shirts I find 15" neck and 34/35" sleeves to be acceptable as long as the taper in the body is decent. With our body types S/M/L sizing is never going to cut it. For me those shirts will always be casual (not with a tie) wear.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    That's true. But the H&M shirts, if this makes any sense, have a linen kind of look. Like - wrinkled fabric even hanging on the hanger. It could just be their stores - the layout leaves much to be desired, and I get frustrated trying to find the quality stuff. Unless I can find Small Tall sizes, I think I'll shy away from OTR dress shirts. I don't mind an LEC flannel shirt being slightly off in the fit, but a dress shirt needs to be spot on, I'm realizing.

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  • BrownCow
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    I'm a similar size, and I have always resorted to buying shirts that fit well in the body (size small) and have suffered through the shorter sleeves. I'm so used to rolling the sleeves up on shirts, I even do it on my few button downs that are actually long enough. I agree that LEC makes slightly longer sleeves - it might also be worth checking out H and M's dress shirts. Their medium is rather slim fitting, and they go on sale for around $20, so it could be an inexpensive option.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    Yep! My neck measures 14.25. I'm thinking of trying a Brooks Brothers 14/34 or 14.5/34 since no one else seems to make that size, except for the Express Small Tall.


    For a suit, I need a 36L which is why I opted for Indochino. I'd like to get a Ratio shirt too...partly because I could get the fit perfect on a MTM shirt and have a lot more options than the limited styles that BB has in my size.


    Another question for you, Mike - for sleeve length and body length, you need a Medium. But for the neck, waist, and chest, you need a small. Do you err on the side of small when you can roll with the sleeves rolled up and the shirt untucked? That's been my MO lately. Plus rolling the sleeves breaks up my height and lanky-ness.


    Seems, fortunately, that sleeves are getting longer. Plenty of folks complain about it, but I'm a fan! The LEC button-downs and flannels just barely fit me in Small. Happy so far. I still need to check out your J. Crew picks.

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  • Mike B
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    The 1MX extra slim fit shirts are also too big in the neck for me (my body size must be exactly the same as yours nicholas). The sales guy told me that the neck was 15 1/2 and I usually buy a 15. I didn't really plan on wearing a tie with the 1MX ESF, I just wear them under a sweater or without a tie at my business casual workplace. With the 1MX ESF I love the cut of the shirt and the available colors (and the price).

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  • nicholascrawford
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    Oh man. My inaugural post here.


    As much as I loved the ESF in the body, I now have realized, thanks to Jason, that the mediums don't fit me in the neck.


    Poking around on their site to see if there's anything worth buying, I noticed that they do make the 1MX Fitted in a Small Tall that's a perfect blend of my Small Neck/Chest/Waist with my Medium Torso/Sleeves. But only in white and black. Not too excited about that.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    I just dry clean them - about 1 or 2 shirts a week for $2 a piece.


    Last Friday, I dropped off a bunch of shirts at Goodwill after realizing it wasn't worth the $17 to tailor them, but moving forward, I think all my shirts will either be the Extra Slim Fit 1MX or some other slimmer-than-fitted wrinkle free shirts. If I can find a good brand. Going to Nordstroms tomorrow!

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  • zebra3
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    I wear the 1MX fitted, and honestly, unless you wear them every day, you can just cold wash them and hang dry. Getting the wrinkles out is a pain though. Either steam or no heat setting on dryer with a damp towel.

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  • Mike B
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    @Hardrain


    With a Nordstrom's card you can have them put away items 'pre-sale'. Then on 12/26 (first day of the sale) they'll charge your card with the discounted price. That way you don't have to battle the crowds on sale day. I'm actually traveling over the holidays so it works out for me.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    We have a Macy's nearby but no Nordstroms. I'm thinking of making a day trip to Chicago to try on footwear at Nordstroms and will be sure to look at their SmartCare and Calibrate shirts.


    My wife tried to talked me out of buying the 501s, but I saw it here on Dappered's $1500 wardrobe and wouldn't give up. She now calls them my sexy jeans. Win. I'll have to look into the J. Crew and BR chinos, but I'm pretty well stocked up on pants (by my standards).


    I grabbed one of the Merona sweaters for $20 too - very thin but works with so many different combinations.


    Old Navy seems to be a real winner for me - great prices for things I get a lot of years out of too. The slim straight cords from them I mentioned before - I wonder if they have a 31x34...I have to crank the belt down to get them to stay put. :-/

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  • Hardrain
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    @ Mike B


    The calibrate shirts are marked down already in store? I have never bought one as I generally like a pocket on my dress shirts, but I was hoping to pick one up at the half-yearly after christmas.


    Will also probably pick up a nordstrom smartcare trim fit. They are my go to, love the fit and quality for the price. The only downside is there are only a few colors/patterns and I already have most of them

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  • Mike B
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    Let's see...off the rack I've tried the Alfani Red slim fit shirts (15 34/35) from Macy's. I would say that the fit is ok but not great (comparing with the Extra Slim Fit not as close in the body). The saving grace for those shirts is that you can get them pretty cheap on sale and there are usually a good variety of patterns and colors.


    I have a Nordstrom's SmartCare trim fit shirt which (to me) is a high quality shirt, again with a decent fit, about the same as the Alfani Red. The plus for this shirt is that it looks great with a suit or dress pants. It is pricey ($50) and I've never seen the trim fits on sale.


    The Nordstrom's Calibrate Slim Fit (not the Trim Fit) is a shirt that's cut alot like te 1MX Extra Slim Fit. But higher quality and higher price ($70). I just went to the pre-sale and saw they were marked down to $40.


    As for pants I love the Urban Slim Fit chinos from J Crew (I'm also 32x34 by the way). They are the best fitting pants for my body type (I have chicken legs). I don't like any J Crew jeans though. For jeans 501s are the best. I have a pair of 514s but don't really feel that the fit is that much slimmer. 514s feel a little thin to me as well. I use the 514s as a 'dressier' jean because the wash is darker.


    For a long time my 'go to' work pants were Banana Republic Gavin chinos. The fit is definitely roomier than the Urban Slim Fits but I've gotten incredible wear out of them (some for 5+ years with being worn twice a week). I think Banana Republic has changed their chino sizing in recent years so I can't comment on what's in stores now.


    For sweaters I'm not too picky about fit because I always wear a shirt underneath for work. Target Merona 100% merino sweaters are often on sale for $20 so that's what I'll buy. The fit is decent. Cashmere sweaters are probably my most thrifted item.

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