Men’s Tailored Shirts #6

The shoulders were a little long on this shirt so I had them taken in an inch (most places won’t let you take it in too much more). That is the only thing I had done. The sleeves’ starting point was already a little above my elbow so I figured an inch would be good enough.

Before

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After

You can see the sleeve is now a little higher up the elbow. I like my sleeves a little shorter still so I could take this back in again, and probably will. I posted this anyway even though it’s not the finished project, just so you all could see the effect of this action alone.

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And a side by side comparison since the change is not very dramatic:

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I still think, even though it’s barely noticable, that the shirt looks sharper when the shoulder is where it should be. Showing off your arms a little can be good and having the sleeve come up a little is a good way to do that.

I’ll write a summary post on this series, then I’ll write a little about choosing colors!

Tailored Men’s Shirts #5

The focus of today: sleeves. I bought this Ezekial shirt (on sale of course) and decided I liked it, could get in taken in at the sides… except the sleeves where an inch or two too long. You can also see the shoulder is long. So just take in the shoulder and the sleeves right? Well if you look closely at the bottom of the sleeves is a light strip of fabric that ties in the colors and design from the main part of the shirt, covering the chest. I wanted to keep this pattern on the tip of the sleeve. So I could only get the shoulders tucked in.

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Shoulders tucked in, after:

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Getting the shoulders tucked in only raised the sleeve up, away from my elbow an inch. The sleeves aren’t where I want them to be, sadly. This is something to take into account anytime you buy a short sleeve to tailor. I’ve had to get logos cut off as well, including the Nike logo at the bottom of my sleeve in the golf shirt I used to introduce this topic.

So for anyone looking to use these tips… also take into account the sleeves.

Tailored Men’s Shirts #3

To figure out what to do at the tailor’s, you have to understand body shapes:

Men are usually taller than women and don’t have the hips that many women do. By that I mean, men’s body shapes are typically rectangular or triangle shaped, where their shoulders and hips are the same size, or the shoulders are wider than their hips. Women on the other hand don’t typically have these shapes, of minor hip curves (rectangular) or developed shoulders and narrow waists (triangular). For the women who do, and want to wear men’s clothes, YOU ARE IN LUCK! You may be able to find shirts with minimal tailoring. See below:

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My best friend is rocking a men’s shirt. She has long arms and is average men’s height. She can rock men’s shirts all day.

So before you buy a men’s shirt to tailor, look at your own body type and compare it to the style of the shirt. If you have wide hips and big boobs, you may want to get a big shirt and tailor is to accent your curves, and take out some length in the arms and shoulder. Below is another friend wearing a great fitting outfit that takes her body type into account.

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Tailored Men’s Shirts #2

Example time.
Before:

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This is a billabong shirt I found on a discount rack for like $12.

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It’s long… the sleeves are long and the sides are likely to flap in the wind.

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It’s not horrible but it’s not a fit that looks great.

After:
I had the shoulders taken in, sleeves shortened, sides taken in and hemmed at the bottom to make it shorter.

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I think it looks much bettter. I know this went a tad over the budget I stated in my last post but because I dropped off a few shirts at the same time and am a returning customer, they throw in some discounts. Hope you enjoyed seeing these I’ll post more tomorrow.

Tailored Men’s Shirt #1

I just got a bunch of shirts tailored and will be writing a series of entries on the topic, including before and after pictures. Men’s shirts are designed for men, who usually have longer proportions than women and no curves or hips at the bottom. So for anyone who has never attempted going to a tailor, there are a few different things you can request… specific to tailoring men’s shirts: sleeves shortened, shoulder taken in, sides taken in, length shortened. My tailor charges about $10 for each procedure, except the shoulder which is $19.

My rule of thumb when shopping for men’s clothes includes tailoring costs. Personally, I won’t buy a shirt or pants over $50. I will spend $100 max on a dress because it is a top and bottom I’m just trying to get through the night at that point. If I really love a shirt and it’s just big and long but the shoulder fits… then it better be under $20 because I’m adding tailor costs $30 to the cost of the shirt before I even buy it. So if you are looking at going this route ever, look at sales and keep the shoulder length as priority.

There are men’s shirts that I find I don’t have to get tailored. Urban Outfitters carries several brands of men’s shirts that are slim fitting, have high enough sleeves, short enough etc. So I will start with that. Below is a picture of a men’s shirts that I felt fit me well without having to get tailored.

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The sleeves don’t go past my elbows, but they are a little long, and I don’t look like I have a TON of material on my sides, so it’s slimming. So for an off the rack shirt for a different gender, i think it fits well and is not worth tailoring. Just ignore my collar and the wrinkles.

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Tailored Men’s Shirts

Hey friends,

Sometimes I am drawn to a shirt, but when I try it on I drown in it. This is usually because it’s a men’s shirt and I’m 5’4. While many women, lesbians perhaps in particular, pull this off without a second thought, I like form fitting clothes. Now this doesnt mean I want you to be able to watch every time my lungs expand, but I think a fitted shirt looks a little less sloppy in a way. In most cases, if you have an ugly shirt that fits you right, you will end up looking better than in a cool shirt the wrong size. So.. why not tailor the cool shirt and have both?

I was recently put in charge of my golf team’s uniform for a fundraiser. The team consisted of 3 ladies and 1 older fellow. It was hard to find not only a fun women’s golf shirt, but a shirt that complemented the men’s shirt. So I bought 4 men’s shirts and had 3 altered.

Here is the finished product:

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I had the sleeves shortened, shirt shortened, and taken in at the sides. The shirt bunches a bit extra at the bottom for me because I’m shortest.. I could have had an extra inch or two taken off mine.

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In action.

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The two other girls were kind of surprised by the tailoring job and asked a lot about it. It inspired me to post with before and after tailoring jobs pictures so follow me of you want to see those!