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Old 06-22-08, 10:01 PM   #1
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How to extend the top button on a dress shirt? It's too tight around the neck.

Is there a special button that can be used to extend the top button on a dress shirt? I have a hard time finding a dress shirt cut for me - the neck is always too tight.
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Here you go. My dad has to use these. You can get them at JoAnn's Fabric stores or most other fabric stores.

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...questid=813764
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I hesitate to suggest the obvious, but speaking as someone who has worn a dress shirt every day to work for the past 26 years, have you tried buying a shirt with the neck size one half inch larger?
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Forum full of cyclists seems like not the first choice of locations to ask this question
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I think that you will be better off in the long run if you go to a tailor to get your shirts custom made. It doesn't have to be that expensive and in fact its quite often cheaper. I had some made a couple of years ago and they only cost me something like $90 each and at the same time a standard shirt in a quality store could cost something like $110-$120. Its nice having clothes that really fit you properly and they look better on you too. I also liked the fact that my money went to someone local who did a good job rather than it just being a huge profit margin going to some store. You just have to be a little patient sometimes but its worth it.

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I think that you will be better off in the long run if you go to a tailor to get your shirts custom made. It doesn't have to be that expensive and in fact its quite often cheaper. I had some made a couple of years ago and they only cost me something like $90 each and at the same time a standard shirt in a quality store could cost something like $110-$120. Its nice having clothes that really fit you properly and they look better on you too. I also liked the fact that my money went to someone local who did a good job rather than it just being a huge profit margin going to some store. You just have to be a little patient sometimes but its worth it.

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Where the hell do you shop? I can go to the mall or local Dept. store and buy some pretty nice shirts for less than $40/each. $90 to have them custom made? For what? Who are you trying to impress?
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Old 06-23-08, 08:52 AM   #7
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Here you go. My dad has to use these. You can get them at JoAnn's Fabric stores or most other fabric stores.
Cool, I'll check them out.

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I hesitate to suggest the obvious, but speaking as someone who has worn a dress shirt every day to work for the past 26 years, have you tried buying a shirt with the neck size one half inch larger?
Well, being the cyclists/athletes that we are, a larger shirt would be too big for my waist, bunches up in the back, and the sleeves are too long. The size I use now is flat around the waist and a bit taught around the chest but too tight around the neck.

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I had some made a couple of years ago and they only cost me something like $90 each and at the same time a standard shirt in a quality store could cost something like $110-$120.
Dude! I can understand wanting some nice clothes for clubbing and stuff, but $120 for a dress shirt? I pick mine up at Express for Men and most of the time they are on sale and/or I have a coupon so the cost is $30/shirt.
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Well, being the cyclists/athletes that we are, a larger shirt would be too big for my waist, bunches up in the back, and the sleeves are too long. The size I use now is flat around the waist and a bit taught around the chest but too tight around the neck.
Try going to a bit better store to look for shirts. A decent men's shop will have shirt in a large range of both collar sizes and arm lengths. They also carry what;s called an 'athletic fit' for folks like you.
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Try going to a bit better store to look for shirts. A decent men's shop will have shirt in a large range of both collar sizes and arm lengths. They also carry what;s called an 'athletic fit' for folks like you.
Recommendations?
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Try going to a bit better store to look for shirts. A decent men's shop will have shirt in a large range of both collar sizes and arm lengths. They also carry what;s called an 'athletic fit' for folks like you.
You could also look for a tailored fit or a European fit shirt. They tend to be smaller in the stomach/waste area.
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I have no idea what shops are in LA, sorry.
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You could also look for a tailored fit or a European fit shirt. They tend to be smaller in the stomach/waste area.
I find it amusing that the European fit means = small waist. Does that mean the American fit = fat?

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I didn't notice Latvia. I'm guessing there are far fewer obese people there than the US?
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I find it amusing that the European fit means = small waist. Does that mean the American fit = fat?


I didn't notice Latvia. I'm guessing there are far fewer obese people there than the US?
lol

I prefer to think of it as a cultural preference for a certain style.
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I find it amusing that the European fit means = small waist. Does that mean the American fit = fat?


I didn't notice Latvia. I'm guessing there are far fewer obese people there than the US?
Much fewer. For example in Latvia I buy XL boxer shorts, in the States M or L.
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Well, being the cyclists/athletes that we are, a larger shirt would be too big for my waist, bunches up in the back, and the sleeves are too long. The size I use now is flat around the waist and a bit taught around the chest but too tight around the neck.

Dude! I can understand wanting some nice clothes for clubbing and stuff, but $120 for a dress shirt? I pick mine up at Express for Men and most of the time they are on sale and/or I have a coupon so the cost is $30/shirt.
Maybe $30 doesn't get you sufficient independence of neck and sleeve sizes. Around $50 might do it. Brooks Bros should have something at that level, certainly a Macy's style dept store. Not talking high end, but still serviceable and then some. I only have like 3 dress shirts, though, and I probably wear one a year, so they rotate every 3rd year...
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Maybe $30 doesn't get you sufficient independence of neck and sleeve sizes. Around $50 might do it. Brooks Bros should have something at that level, certainly a Macy's style dept store. Not talking high end, but still serviceable and then some. I only have like 3 dress shirts, though, and I probably wear one a year, so they rotate every 3rd year...
I love Express, don't get me wrong... but I wonder if part of the issue is that its designed for HS/College-age people? Plus, don't their men's dress shirts just come in S, M, L, XL.. etc, and do not have specific measurements for collars? I agree that a department store might be a better way to go.
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Any department store will have pretty nice shirts with a full range of neck and sleeve length options for less than $60 (sometimes much less on sale). And almost any tailor can take it in if its really too big in the body/waist.

But remember, those of us with the opposite problem don't usually have a lot of sympathy for your issue.

Btw (since you have to wear dress shirts) when you're feeling you have some extra cash that you don't need to spend on bike schwag, try a custom shirt.... they do feel great.
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Buy a shirt that fits or alternatively have neck reduction surgery.
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Men's Wearhouse, FTW! There's probably one in L.A.
While I understand that $90-$120 will get me a really nice custom tailored shirt, I can get 2 or 3 off-the-rack shirts for the same price that fit very nicely after a $10 alteration to the drop measurement.
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Buy a shirt off the rack that fits at the neck and sleeve length. Cut, take in and rehem the sides so it fits your waist.
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Buy a shirt off the rack that fits at the neck and sleeve length. Cut, take in and rehem the sides so it fits your waist.
I just buy based upon neck. There's a local tailor that will shorten the sleeves and bring in the sides for about $25-35. Strangely enough he charges me an extra $10 for french-cuffs, even though the part of the sleeve that's cut off and shortened is exact the same as normal shirts.
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I just buy based upon neck. There's a local tailor that will shorten the sleeves and bring in the sides for about $25-35. Strangely enough he charges me an extra $10 for french-cuffs, even though the part of the sleeve that's cut off and shortened is exact the same as normal shirts.
+1. But I don't wear button down shirts often enough to bother with sleeves that are a little off.
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