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Old 05-21-07, 11:12 PM   #1
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Is my new A&F dress shirt too tight?

I stopped by Abercrombie & Fitch to pick up some dress shirts, but maybe think I got it a size too small. Any of you guys wear A&F? The cut fits my waist, shoulders, and arm length fine, but it feels too tight around my chest & lats. If I pull my elbows back (like bench pressing) the shirt gets too tight and it pulls apart at the buttons in front of the breastbone. The next larger size is okay for my chest/lats (just a little tight), but was too long for my arms. Maybe I could just have a tailor sew the cuff buttons in a little more so the shirt won't go past my wrists? I'm wearing them now so maybe I can get used to it. I just want to make sure I didn't waste $150 for 2 shirts.
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Pics are needed... jk.
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It sounds like they are too small. $150 for A&F shirts is too much even if they do fit. $150 for Brooks Brothers is money better spent IMO. All my dress shirts are either Brooks Brothers or Express. All the A&F stuff I've seen looks like you just rolled out of bed.
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Yep. Refund. They'll give you one, I'm sure. If they resist get loud and act perhaps a tad geeky as that place is so image conscious they'll surely want to avoid a scene like that.

I had a similar dillemma after buying at Marshall's this weekend. I got 4-5 shirts for tooling around the office, short-sleeve button down for months of sweltering summer. Though I like the shirts, they are straight cut, and most dress shirts (short sleeve or not) tend to "blouse up" at the waist. Tapered is the way to go, but in the past I have only found a good tapered shirt out of occasional sheer luck. The tapered shirts also sometimes have something else goofy and trendy like oversized collar. I need to find a consistent source for tapered shirts that look cool but not too hip for the office; nice but not too expensive for my wallet; and don't require tailoring, so I can just "go in" to that store whenever I want more. (And not to hijack your thread, but if anyone knows of a store or brand like this I'm all ears.)
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I dunno, flexibility and style are not always synonymous. If you look good in front of a mirror, and don't anticipate needing to flex your arms behind your head, you should be okay.

Pics would be nice though.
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Sounds like you need to start lifting some weight and stop going to the mall!
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A lot of times theyre meant to be like that.
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Isn't A&F gay and racist? Gay is ok, but that other one ..

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Old 05-22-07, 07:36 AM   #9
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$150 for A&F shirts is too much even if they do fit. $150 for Brooks Brothers is money better spent IMO. All my dress shirts are either Brooks Brothers or Express.
Yeah, I also shop at Express. The girls picked out a hot pink polo shirt for me. I was a bit hesitant, but got compliments from the other young women. I could care less what guys think although my friends did rip on me.

A&F, Express - it's all about looks and image. Yeah, they are overpriced, but wearing "casual luxury" says something about you to the young women. Besides, I'm from LA. You need to dress to impress.

And I'm going to exchange them for a larger size.
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You're only paying for that name (which sucks). Take 'em back and get 4 GOOD shirts at another store without paying for a fancy name.
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Dude - check out TJ Max, Ross, Steinmart, Marshalls, ect... I picked up a Liz Claiborne dress shirt that kicks butt for $17 a couple days ago. I have a Perry Ellis shirt that people literally stop me and ask me where I got it that I also got from Marshalls for about $20. A&B and the mall in general are a complete waste unless you like to spend waaaay too much. Although I have found really good deals on the clearance racks at Gap and Banana Republic...
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Dress shirts should never be snug. Get a larger size.

$150 for two A&F shirts is always too much, even if they do fit. There is rarely a reason to spend more than about $30 for a dress shirt. If you spend more than that you are paying a premium for a designer label which adds nothing to the utility of the garment and makes you look like a fashion victim.

I used to work in a store that sold Ralph Lauren Polo merchandise. I was embarrassed at how poorly made most of it was, but people would pay the price and that's how I got paid so...

As much as I hate to admit it, the best deal on dress shirts these days is the George brand at Walmart.
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Old 05-22-07, 11:34 AM   #14
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I don't know A&F but I'm not a fan of shirts that balloon out. I like my dress shirts to be fitted. I don't feel restricted in any of my shirts but they do taper down towards the waist.
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Old 05-22-07, 11:39 AM   #15
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Go to a real tailors and get some tailored shirts. Many shops include the alterations price in the price of the shirt. You will look like a million bucks and you wont have the Abercrombie "Hey I payed for a piece of crap" Fitch label. If there really are women who like guys in A&F clothes its because 1) they have no sense of style, taste, or individuality or 2) they have very little activity between the ears.

I would say that if you are over 26, you might as well say good ridance to Gap/A&F/AE for dress clothes. For casuals they are fine, but for your professional attire, go to a professional!
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I only like Abrervrombie for their cargo shorts. I have yet to kind another maker whose shorts can handle as much as I do.

I would definiltly check out Oakleys clothing like, including their casual shirts, and T-shirts also. Theyre great!
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Shirts have different cuts. Sometimes you're not lucky. Maybe their styling doesn't suit your body type.
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As much as I hate to admit it, the best deal on dress shirts these days is the George brand at Walmart.
I'm not a fancy dresser by any means. I spent about as much on my one and only suit as the OP spent on two shirts. But I tried buying dress shirts at Walmart back in the day, and even I think they're crap. Course thread and thin, and like everything else at Walmart, is fitted for people with a Budweiser gut.

The $25 to buy a decent shirt at Sears or JcPenney's. $40 at Macy's. And if you really want it to fit well, it's what...like $10 to get it fitted by a tailor?
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But I tried buying dress shirts at Walmart back in the day, and even I think they're crap. Course thread and thin, and like everything else at Walmart, is fitted for people with a Budweiser gut.
Check out their pinpoint oxfords. You might be surprised.
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Dress shirts should never be snug. Get a larger size.

$150 for two A&F shirts is always too much, even if they do fit. There is rarely a reason to spend more than about $30 for a dress shirt. If you spend more than that you are paying a premium for a designer label which adds nothing to the utility of the garment and makes you look like a fashion victim.

I used to work in a store that sold Ralph Lauren Polo merchandise. I was embarrassed at how poorly made most of it was, but people would pay the price and that's how I got paid so...

As much as I hate to admit it, the best deal on dress shirts these days is the George brand at Walmart.
I stated above about not paying the extra for the designer label....but at the same time there are "cheap" ones too and I don't like those either. I'm not familiar with the "George" brand specifically, but I shopped at Wal-Mart in my younger days and was never impressed with clothing quality. It was always super cheap and got stretched out and misshaped after the first wash.
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The less you spend on disposable clothes the more you can spend on quality bike parts.

Well, with the exception of shoes. Gotta have well made, strong supporting shoes.
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Yeah, $20-30 will get you a decent shirt almost anywhere, sometimes cheaper when they're on sale. I could never let myself spend $75 per item of clothing other than a jacket or bike shorts...
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The less you spend on disposable clothes the more you can spend on quality bike parts.

Well, with the exception of shoes. Gotta have well made, strong supporting shoes.
Well made dress clothes are hardly disposable.
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Well made dress clothes are hardly disposable.
But the OP is talking about A&F. Not well-made.
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