A Better Fitting Shirt

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Presentation is everything. It’s a matter of consideration, and a sign that you are intentional in your decision. One way to put your best foot forward is to make sure that you’re wearing clothes that fit. Well-fitting clothing conveys that you’re in control and aware of life’s nuances. Somewhere down the line you’ve determined that details matter.

Although we’ve ventured into a range of products, we remain shirtmakers at heart. As shirtmakers, we believe that a slim-fitting shirt should accentuate the shape of the wearer’s body. For non-bespoke shirts, a way to achieve a better fitting shirt is through darting.

Back darts are two straight seams that are added to either side of the back of a shirt. The process removes excess fabric and allows the shirt to follow the natural curve of the wearer’s back. This creates a slimmer profile and prevents the shirt from billowing over the waistline of a pair of pants.

Darts can be a polarizing issue, and the discussion really comes down to personal preference. In our opinion, darts work best for specific shirt types and styles. We will only incorporate darts into our slim fit shirts that can be worn with sport coats: shirts constructed from poplin, twill, and broadcloth fabrics. Our flannels and heavier brushed oxford cloth shirts will remain dartless. Shirts with darts will explicitly be mentioned in product descriptions, as well as in the “Fit” tab on each product page.

Accurate shirt sizing is more than knowing the circumference of your neck. Darts and being mindful of side seam measurements are the closest way to offer a truly slim fit shirt off-the-rack.

Shop all of our slim fit shirts here.

5 comments

  • I purchased my first Ledbury shirts recently on the advice of friends in the news business, highly impressed with the quality of fabric and construction. Fit is another story. I find it hard to find shirts that work for me. 17 neck. 33 sleeve. Super slim fit. Yeah, those measurements describe a cartoon character villain, I get that a lot. Quickly, the proportions for your 17 Kneck Slim shirts leave a lot of fabric in the sleeve, when shortening especially under the arm hole etc. The fit I like is the Banana Tailored Slim, but the arms are too long, it’s a lean arm with no extra fabric that billows but the sleeve is cut 1.5 long and the neck won’t allow a tie. Brooks Bros super slim seems to work perfectly w a smaller arm hole and lean arm proportions. Just some feedback. Not complaining. If you come up w a more tailored slim I will try again. Thank you.

  • I thought you were removing darts based on customer feedback. Why the reversal? I see some of your in-stock poplin and broadcloth shirts are labeled “dartless.” What is the timeline for the transition? I much prefer dartless and I want to pick up some shirts before they become darted.

    • Hey Preston,

      We appreciate you getting in touch with us. We respect the personal preferences of all of our current and potential customers. We believe that darts create a better fitting shirt. You can still shop dartless slim fit shirts as they remain in our inventory. Moving forward, all newly released slim fit shirts, with the exception of heavier fabrics, will feature darts. All new shirts featuring darts will state so in the product descriptions, as well as in the “Fit” tab of each product page. Thank you for your feedback. If you have additional feedback, please feel free to contact our Customer Experience team at customer-service@ledbury.com.

      -Brian

  • Hey Gary,

    Thank you for your feedback. You sound like someone who is detail oriented and understanding of your body shape. I’m the exact same way and I hate when garments don’t fit me perfectly. You may want to find a good tailor. Any garment that is purchased off the rack will require some sort of modification to fit accurately. If you live in the Richmond area, I can point you in the right direction of the tailors who I use. If not, you may want to ask around and find someone who you can trust.

    -Brian

  • I’m with Preston. I wear my dress shirts around the office sans jacket. And I generally wear your lightweight casual shirts without a jacket around town. The addition of darts is probably going to be a deal-breaker for me, which is a major disappointment since I really like the dartless slim fits. (In addition to not liking the look, I find darted shirts less comfortable.) I hope you will reconsider this decision in the future. Thanks.

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