When buying shirts off-the-rack, most men have trouble finding dress shirts to fit them properly in all areas of their bodies. You have two measurements to go by, the neck and the sleeve length, and maybe have an option of fit. Guys that are 5’8 and under look like they’re wearing a dress when they wear their shirt out and many men have a hard time find sleeves long enough without adding extra material in the body.
You have a few of options to find a shirt that fits you perfectly.
1. Buying a shirt off-the-rack and taking it to a tailor. Dress shirts are one of the easiest clothing items to alter because they have so many seams. Look for a shirt that fits you in the shoulders and neck and make sure the sleeves are long enough. Launder your shirt prior to taking it in to account for any shrinkage. Expect to pay $18-$30 to have the sides taken in to fit your body.
2. Buying a custom shirt. Typically, custom shirts can start at a minimum of $300 and can cost upwards of $1000, depending on the material and tailoring.
3. Try a J. Hilburn custom shirt. They are a men’s clothier based in Dallas TX and offer custom shirts made just for you by taking 10 measurements to ensure a breathtaking fit. Their shirts are made from 100% fine Italian cotton, start at $79, and compare to dress shirts offered at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Plus, you get to pick all the details such as material, cuff, collar, placket, pleats, stitching and fit to make the shirt truly yours.
As a Style Adviser for J. Hilburn, I am a little biased, I admit. However, the fit speaks for itself. All of my clients have been so pleased with their custom shirts. Most of them have ordered multiple shirts after seeing and feeling the difference of a shirt that was actually made just for them.
The following are a few of the comments made after trying on their shirt for the first time:
“Wow! I’ve never had a shirt fit me so perfectly before!”
“I am totally getting lucky in this shirt!”
“Finally, a shirt I can wear untucked and not feel like I am wearing a dress.”
“Dang, I look GOOD!”
For more information about J. Hilburn or to find a Style Adviser near you, check out JHilburn.com.
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