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I am misproportioned

Why is it so hard for me to find shirts that fit? If the torso fits right, the sleeves are almost inevitably too short. I must be an ape or something. We went shopping today and I did find a shirt that fit, but I looked at a bunch of other ones that just weren't right.

Also, I really like mock turtlenecks, but apparently they aren't in style because not a single store I looked in had any. I need shirts with collars for work, but I rarely find button-down or polo shirts that are comfortable.

Grumble grumble.


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Dec. 27th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Kohl's had a boatload of mock turtlenecks the last time I was there (just before Christmas). And I have the same problem with shirt sleeves. I can get proper dress shirts, but often I have to get tall-marked pullovers because otherwise the sleeves are way too short.

I don't really get what the "average" person's proportions are for the patterns mass manufacturers use, as I don't know anyone who is well served by them. Suits off the rack are particularly ridiculous. My size jacket--46L--comes paired with 40" or 42" waist pants. A tailor won't take waists in 4"-6"--it ruins the cut of the trouser. Luckily more and more places are carrying suit separates.

OK, that was a bit of a digression. But these things bother me, too.
Dec. 28th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I'll check Kohl's next time I'm near one. Thanks for the tip.

I knew my shirt size once upon a time, but I haven't been measured in quite a while since my life isn't the sort where dress shirts are necessary all that often. Still, it's something I probably ought to know. I'll make the effort to get measured at some point, just in case I need a nice shirt at some point in the near future.
Dec. 28th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
This time of year I wear henleys to work a lot.
Dec. 28th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
The shirt I bought today is sort of a henley-esque thing, but with a wide collar. It's pretty unique, and I like it quite a bit. Most henleys I've owned don't have much in the way of collars, though.
Dec. 28th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Is a place like Men's Wearhouse or other made-to-measure store out of the question? Shirts are like pants, you don't just get a S or M, you get one with the right size neck and chest, and then you get the cuffs taken up and maybe the sides fitted.
Dec. 28th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm stuck in sort of a vicious cycle regarding nice shirts -- I don't ever find any that I feel very comfortable wearing, so I don't like them, so I don't feel like it's worth spending the money to get nice ones, so I don't have any that I feel comfortable wearing.

At some point I'll just bite the bullet and get some from somewhere more respectable, like that.
Dec. 28th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Also, seriously, look at that photo on the front of your LJ. Your hands nearly reach your knees. Mine don't even reach my waist.
Dec. 28th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Man, I already know I'm a freak and if nature had its way my line would have been terminated ages ago. Man's bizarre scientific advances are thwarting natural selection here, keeping circus sideshows like me from being wiped out of the gene pool.
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