I had a great experience shopping for dress shirts at Macy's (it may have still been the Bon Marche then). The salesmen measured my neck and arm and advised me to steer clear of the fitted shirts, because they'd probably be too tight in the chest. So that's another thing to be aware of. If it says 'fitted' that probably means 'will not fit a womanly chest'.
5/20/2011 08:23:38 am
Just a few tips on British sizing and brands. I prefer to buy shirts that are classic fit by collar size and sleeve length than by S, M, L etc because the proportions are better (more chest and stomach room with a smaller neck, basically).
5/21/2011 03:42:54 am
@ Emma: Thanks for the terrific information on British brands! I'll have to check out Primark shirts. Wonderful info.
5/25/2011 04:26:26 am
I find that Polo/Ralph Lauren dress shirts tend to be the roomiest in the hips of all brands I've tried. Being small-chested and wide-hipped means I often face too-big in the shoulders but won't button at the hip. On shirts where this is really extreme, I make use of a fashionable sweater vest to cover it. If you know what size/style you prefer, eBay is a GREAT place to look for a variety of shirts (ties too!)
7/1/2011 11:01:29 am
"Maybe you’re a 17, and your dad is a 17, and you think he’s fat." - Haha, this was always my paranoia factor when shopping for shirts. It took forever for me to realize that it was just my breasts that needed the extra room. Thanks for the info on brands that might be better suited for my shape!
1/18/2012 04:29:19 pm
I love Thomas Pink shirts and ties (very expensive), followed by Thomas Dean, and English Laundry. Nordstrom is the best bet for me. They are wonderful to me when I go in, lots of help and doting without the unnecessary judgement. Plus, they have a nice selection of ties. Of course, if you happen to be nearby a Pink store, go in. They are awesome!
1/21/2012 02:29:06 pm
Thanks for the tips! I love reading your stuff. Very thoughtful and carefully-written. I wonder if you have any advice for a sometimes-butch queer who is too small to fit into a Men's size S? I've tried looking in boys' sections of department stores, and aside from feeling a little creepy, the shirts that fit my shoulders and torso are too short in the sleeve. Finding a good button-down dress shirt has been the bane of my butch explorations. I'm not even that small! And there's nothing worse than a frilly button-down with mini pockets over the boobs...
AHHH! this was so helpful! i'm stoked i ran across your blog! Do you have any tips for finding the perfect tee? i like to wear tees that are a little bit snug around the biceps...but my biceps are minuscule so that means the tee is going to be small...but THEN my boobs become rather torpedo like...! no bueno
2/19/2012 01:39:48 am
Thank you for this article! For someone who is just starting their foray into mens fashionable clothes (and loving it), this was really helpful. Alot of the brand names you talk about I've already found to work for me so it's nice to know I'm on the right track in my blind explorations. One issue I have is finding mens shirts that fit everywhere else, but are way too roomy in the arms, and I've got some extra weight on me so my arms aren't tiny, but not as big as guy arms. It just seems to be hit and miss on that one. Thanks again for the info!
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3/19/2012 03:09:08 am
Cool! I'd never heard of iTailor, and I'm going to have to check it out. It looks awesome.
6/16/2013 04:57:05 pm
The best advice I can give any woman, butch or otherwise, is to find a good tailor. A good tailor can (usually) make any poorly fitted garment look great on its host. Baggy, long sleeves...no problem! Employ the professionals for a perfect fit!
6/18/2013 01:27:52 pm
2/11/2014 11:14:17 am
I just bought my first men's shirt at a little shop downtown in my very small town. I was super nervous, but the sales guy didn't bat an eye when I asked to be measured.
7/31/2014 03:57:58 pm
Thanks for this article. I am confused about the shirt fitting and to choose perfect color for my husband, but now doubt is clear, next time I remember…….
7/14/2019 04:04:05 am
Such helpful info! More androgynous in my preferences, but female to the eye . Always buy men’s and have to roll sleeves Waay up. Thank you!
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