Help required for men of large girth in Canberra!

Havok 11 April 2012 36

As a man of surplus girth I sometimes find it hard to get a business shirt that will button up across my large neck but not look like a poncho around the rest of my chest.

Does anyone know any menswear shops that cater for such a thing so that I wouldn’t have to go down the costly path of getting my shirts tailored? Also, I’m not looking to spend a mint either.

Your help is appreciated


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poetix poetix 4:22 pm 21 Apr 12

yourmate said :

why don’t you check out Crown tailor! i had a great experience when i visited them in Bangkok, in addition to best fabric and finest stitched clothes, they offer very reasonable prices that you will surely glad to pay in order to get a best shirt to be fitted on you! they will visit AUS soon so you can easily have a look on their work and garments then..
hope it helps you out!

Ask for their special on astroturf.

yourmate yourmate 3:39 pm 21 Apr 12

why don’t you check out Crown tailor! i had a great experience when i visited them in Bangkok, in addition to best fabric and finest stitched clothes, they offer very reasonable prices that you will surely glad to pay in order to get a best shirt to be fitted on you! they will visit AUS soon so you can easily have a look on their work and garments then..
hope it helps you out!

Nixter Nixter 4:59 pm 16 Apr 12

http://www.macways.com/

They have a guy who travels to Canberra every few months to measure clients and take orders. Vast array of fabrics to choose from. Several of the guys I work with use them and so does my other half, who is very tall and finds it hard to find shirts in the right length.

VicePope VicePope 11:27 am 15 Apr 12

and another option, from one with a bulky neck …
Hat elastic loops on the collar button. Stick a tie over it and no-one will know.

VicePope VicePope 11:25 am 15 Apr 12

Rivers. Big Fit.
I don’t care if you’re fat or large, or how you got that way or whether you could or should do something about it. I’d just prefer that you be clad.

Spykler Spykler 9:16 pm 12 Apr 12

Lowes Queanbeyan do have a pretty good range of shirts for the portly gent, but as I am a 12 X (size 162) in shirts I often find that Big and Tall on London circuit are pretty much the only place that can cater to that size. I get my pants hand-tailored by a lady in Sydney, she does up to size 172 without much extra charge.
I really regret buying an apartment above a take-away 8 years ago..:(

HenryBG HenryBG 8:10 pm 12 Apr 12

gingermick said :

Lowes, Queanbeyan, mate!

Is that the one that’s sandwiched in between a KFC and a Domino’s?

Havok Havok 7:58 pm 12 Apr 12

And a big thanks to everyones advice, I’ll be looking into some of them.

Also, HenryBG and Cheap are douchebags. And Johnboy, before you (understandly) censure another one of my comments, I mean that constructively

Havok Havok 7:56 pm 12 Apr 12

Hank said :

http://the-riotact.com/business-shirts-for-a-fat-necked-man-in-canberra/50909

I asked the same question not too long ago. I have been through everything, ordered shirts in from the US, UK and Europe but nothing compares to the travelling tailor from HK who comes out to Canberra now. I think he’s coming in May, happy to pass on the details if you want.

Thanks Hank, if you could send me the details that would be greatly appreciate. I think we are now friends! Best friends even!

farnarkler farnarkler 7:13 pm 12 Apr 12

Get measured by the people at the alterations place in the Canberra Centre and then send your details to Tailor on Ten in Bangkok who do really good shirts. Otherwise the HK tailor Rick Chulani of ANS Fashions will be here at the Crowne Plaza on 10-11 May.

harvyk1 harvyk1 5:25 pm 12 Apr 12

You could always save up a few pennies and fly to a SE-Asian country and go to a tailor there… It’ll cost you about the same as going to a local tailor, except you’ll also get a free holiday thrown in… 🙂

It’s what I’m doing later this year… 🙂

gingermick gingermick 4:22 pm 12 Apr 12

Lowes, Queanbeyan, mate!

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:31 pm 12 Apr 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Jim Jones said :

Holden Caulfield said :

knuckles said :

And you claim that Catholic/Christian-bashing is the last, apparently, publicly acceptable bastion of the bigot.

Nope. That was me.

Are you a fatty?

Well, I don’t have any problems finding a business shirt to fit me.

boom boom

I thought that fat people all wore Hawaiian shirts anyway. Isn’t that a thing?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:24 pm 12 Apr 12

Jim Jones said :

Holden Caulfield said :

knuckles said :

And you claim that Catholic/Christian-bashing is the last, apparently, publicly acceptable bastion of the bigot.

Nope. That was me.

Are you a fatty?

Well, I don’t have any problems finding a business shirt to fit me.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:10 pm 12 Apr 12

Holden Caulfield said :

knuckles said :

And you claim that Catholic/Christian-bashing is the last, apparently, publicly acceptable bastion of the bigot.

Nope. That was me.

Are you a fatty?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:38 pm 12 Apr 12

knuckles said :

And you claim that Catholic/Christian-bashing is the last, apparently, publicly acceptable bastion of the bigot.

Nope. That was me.

Duffbowl Duffbowl 1:35 pm 12 Apr 12

For those suggesting changed eating patterns, I would like to thank you.

I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of that earlier. 🙂

Diggety Diggety 1:25 pm 12 Apr 12

Havok,

The cheapest, and best shirts are online. Just take your own measurements and select which ones you want. That goes for pants, jackets, ties, etc, etc.

Here is one example, I’m sure there are others: http://www.makeyourownjeans.com

Haw of Babble-On Haw of Babble-On 1:12 pm 12 Apr 12

“The solution to the many, many problems that fatness presents is very simply to eat better and to eat less.

There is nothing “unchristian” in telling somebody to modify their self-destructive behaviour…especially when the person making the helpful and constructive suggestion doesn’t believe in the christian nor any other magic sky-fairy.”

“The unadorned truth is usually rude. It’s still truth though,

One of the ills of society today is that we are no longer allowed to see failings as failings. We are told we have to “accept” that should someone choose not to take responsibility for their health, we are too ignore that and respect them all the same.”

Well then I shall too be helpful and constructive with some unadorned truth, and suggest that you perhaps invest in some etiquette classes or Tact101 Lessons to help you with the many, many problems that rudeness presents. Should you choose not to take responsibility for your etiquette faiilngs, I will still respect you and all that.

dtc dtc 12:58 pm 12 Apr 12

watto23 said :

For the OP, I’ve found european slim fit shirts in large sizes work well. Just hard to find places that sell them..

http://www.eternadirect.co.uk/ sell european fit that is slightly bigger than normal and built for people with shoulders. However, whether they actually will fit you or not I am not sure (there is a store in town that stocks this brand, but I am reluctant to recommend trying on at the store and then buying on line, since price is not everything).

Otherwise I agree with the other people who recommend just getting the shirts made up – there is the visiting HK tailor(s) (who advertise in the papers) plus plenty of sites where you can send in your measurements. It actually will often be cheaper than buying off the rack

eg: https://www.pickashirt.com/design-a-shirt/

(I am not recommending that site particularly, just its a site and is based in Australia – there are plenty of others around if you google).

Oh, and I’m not sure what your actual budget is and what ‘a mint’ is to you. I am quite tall but thin, so find that shirts have sleeves too short or are enormous around the waist (why neck size is related to waist size I have no idea). So I have always had to have my shirts made and think anything around $100 is a fair price for a shirt (even 15 years ago it cost about $100 for a hand made shirt – nowdays it it, relatively speaking, significantly cheaper).

But if you are thinking Roger David $19 special shirts then the recommendation to get your shirts made up isn’t much use as you are looking at $60+ per shirt (at least). Keep in mind that cheaper shirts = cheaper fabric (and not, as you might expect, significantly different quality in the making of the shirt). Not all 100% cottons are made the same – the better ones are much softer than the cheap ones. And poly/cotton, well, saves on ironing but thats about it.

In terms of getting your measurements right if you want to buy online, I’m sure that most tailors around town will do the measurements for you for a relatively small price (eg the alteration services in the Canberra Centre); or you can send in a shirt you have that fits well and it will be copied.

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