Winny94

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I'm hoping to find some OTR shirts that don't look ridiculously billowy yet don't cost an exorbitant amount of cash. My measurements:
42" chest
33"/34" arm
32" waist
16.5" neck (but I'm resigned to the fact, I'll probably be wearing most open collared)

are here any brands/designers in that sub $65 range that you'd suggest taking a look at?

thanks for any help
 

Canadian

Super Member
Have you tried Sears? They have multiple lines, they're cheap and I have shirts I bought in 2008 that are still in rotation in my closet. Especailly the Ven Heusen line, but also their bargain brand, Protocol.

C.
 

FLMike

Connoisseur
I think the folks here are gonna need a bit more info to be truely helpful....or to even feel compelled to try. Like, what will you be wearing the shirts with (suits, coat & tie with odd trousers, coat with open collar, business casual with no coat, khakis, jeans, etc)? What type of collars do you prefer? Fabric preference (oxford cloth, pinpoint oxford, poplin, twill)? Barrel or french cuffs? Solid colored or patterns like stripes, checks, tattersals, etc? Any other design prefernces (e.g. pocket/no pocket)? Any shirt makes you already know you like or don't like? Just sayin', a little more context may help.
 

godan

Advanced Member
I have been dealing with proportions similar to yours, but on a slightly smaller scale, for a few decades. Your price point will be a challenge, but you have to start somewhere. I suggest you call Land's End customer service, explain your situation and ask about their Tailored Fit shirts. LE customer service is good, and they may suggest you either try one of their shirts or look elsewhere. At least will have a point of departure from a widely recognized brand and model. Unless the service rep you speak with is athletic, what may be missed is the effect of thick arms on shirt fit. When you focus in on a brand and style, that may be an issue that could complicate your life. It certainly has complicated mine. Anyway, start with LE. You may get lucky the first time, and little will be lost if you have to keep looking. Good luck. .
 

StephenRG

Honors Member
You can often find BB extra slim fit at or below your price point, and they're likely to be as good as anything out there. Limited range of colours and patterns, though...
 

Winny94

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I think the folks here are gonna need a bit more info to be truely helpful....or to even feel compelled to try. Like, what will you be wearing the shirts with (suits, coat & tie with odd trousers, coat with open collar, business casual with no coat, khakis, jeans, etc)? What type of collars do you prefer? Fabric preference (oxford cloth, pinpoint oxford, poplin, twill)? Barrel or french cuffs? Solid colored or patterns like stripes, checks, tattersals, etc? Any other design prefernces (e.g. pocket/no pocket)? Any shirt makes you already know you like or don't like? Just sayin', a little more context may help.
Oh sorry.

No suits, no ties. Open collar. Will be worn with anything from wool trousers to dockers alphas and raw denim. I like stripes, gingham, solid, barrel cuffs (usually end up rolled). I don't really have a preference on material other than no acrylic, polyester, etc.
 

Winny94

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I have been dealing with proportions similar to yours, but on a slightly smaller scale, for a few decades. Your price point will be a challenge, but you have to start somewhere. I suggest you call Land's End customer service, explain your situation and ask about their Tailored Fit shirts. LE customer service is good, and they may suggest you either try one of their shirts or look elsewhere. At least will have a point of departure from a widely recognized brand and model. Unless the service rep you speak with is athletic, what may be missed is the effect of thick arms on shirt fit. When you focus in on a brand and style, that may be an issue that could complicate your life. It certainly has complicated mine. Anyway, start with LE. You may get lucky the first time, and little will be lost if you have to keep looking. Good luck. .
thanks, will do.
 

BillyB

New Member
I'm hoping to find some OTR shirts that don't look ridiculously billowy yet don't cost an exorbitant amount of cash. My measurements:
42" chest
33"/34" arm
32" waist
16.5" neck (but I'm resigned to the fact, I'll probably be wearing most open collared)

are here any brands/designers in that sub $65 range that you'd suggest taking a look at?

thanks for any help
I have almost those exact same measurements.

I have found that the Van Heusen "Fitted" shirts are the best for my taste. Not too billowy, but not too tight. Just because you have an athletic build, you should not be showing it off to the extreme in a skin tight dress shirt. Yet, these shirts are cut properly, IMO and I like them. You may as well.

I usually buy a bunch when I am in Kentucky. There is a Van Heusen Outlet in Georgetown (just north of Lexington) where my preferred hotel is. Sometimes they have ridiculously low prices on their dress shirts and I buy a dozen or so at a clip. Something in the rage of $19.99. At the outlets, sometimes I find old styles on the clearance rack for such crazy prices as $8.99.

You can find Van Heusen at many department stores to try one on. There are probably many other Van Heusen outlets around the country. I just happen to frequent the one in Kentucky.

Good luck

-Billy
 

LookinSharp24

Senior Member
I'm hoping to find some OTR shirts that don't look ridiculously billowy yet don't cost an exorbitant amount of cash. My measurements:
43" chest
33"/34" arm
32" waist
16.5" neck (but I'm resigned to the fact, I'll probably be wearing most open collared)

are here any brands/designers in that sub $65 range that you'd suggest taking a look at?

thanks for any help
i am:

42" chest
35" arm
34" waist
17" neck

and i find the Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit are great OTR.
 

SlideGuitarist

Advanced Member
My first thought was that the circumference of your biceps is 33"...which would be impressive, if not alarming!

I'd echo Jovan and Godan. If your back is broad, then the armholes of many "extra-slim" shirts are going to be tight. I can't wear Brooks Bros.' extra-slim shirts, but I have their slim shirts darted so they don't bunch up in front when I wear a jacket. I also have a 17" neck and 34.5" arm length, just like LookinSharp24...and a 46" chest. Meaning that we can't wear the same shirts. I can barely button Charles Tyrwhitt's slim shirts, e.g.

I don't usually find conventional solid dress shirts with barrel cuffs on eBay, but it's easy to find flashier stripes (say, Thomas Pink's slim line) or French cuffs (I suspect that folks buy them, then end up never wearing them) which might suit you. Resign yourself to alterations. I've found an alterations tailor who also does bespoke work, whom I trust. Resign yourself to making a few mistakes, too. A misconceived alteration is still going to be cheaper than a misconceived bespoke shirt.

I have a tailored-fit Land's End Sailrigger button-down, which fits me fine. LE is ridiculously easy to deal with; I get clothes for my kids and my dad there all the time.

My first posting ever was something like, "Hey, I lost weight and got awesomely ripped [assumes note of self-mockery will be evident]; what shirts should I wear now?" There was no good answer. In retrospect, I'd say the answer is to take your time, watch WAYWT and figure out what looks good on others, figure out what you want and what actually looks good on you. MTM would make sense if you knew what you were looking for, but I've never had the nerve to go that route. If I did, I'd want to send the vendor an existing shirt as a model, and not my measurements.

The one question no one asked is, do you mind "no-iron"? If you do, most department-store shirts would be ruled out. You still need to answer FLCracka's question as to your preference in fabrics and patterns (basically, do you need to dress up or dress down?).
 

jm22

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I have found nothing for the price. Usually MTM. Then again I'm a 44" chest; 17.5" neck; 34" arms; and 34" waist. Extra slims don't fit my arms and it looks like they're explode if I flex my arm. However, I've found RLBL shirts fit me pretty good and bought several off eBay new for $80
 

godan

Advanced Member
[QUOTE. Extra slims don't fit my arms and it looks like they're explode if I flex my arm. [/QUOTE]

Only someone with direct experience could have written this. Indeed, I have felt exactly the same sensation trying to put my arms into shirt sleeves made, apparently, for the Matchstick Man.
 

tas

New Member
I have a similar problem, haven't found a solution.
Best thing to do so far is slim fit (from certain brands - check the websites, some have measurements of chest and waist, and go for the ones with the biggest drop) and then a visit for taking in the waist.

And yes, the arms can be a problem (as well as the neck and shoulder area).

Other option, to forget the RTW.
 
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