One of the good things about getting out of work early is the ability to have some energy left to get some stuff done. This was exactly the case today, so with the afternoon ahead of me I journeyed to the local Brooks Brothers. The reason behind this excursion was my curiosity regarding their new, much ballyhooed extra slim fit shirts. Everyone from wannabe tastemakers like myself to the big dogs, such as GQ, have covered this new fit since its announcement. I was really interested in how these shirts panned out and since I could find no hands on reviews, I decided to do a little recon of my own.
My issue (and I'm not the only one) with Brooks Brothers has always been fit. The brand makes classic, traditional pieces that look great, but just don't sit well on those looking for an updated, trim cut. In an attempt to keep up with the times and their competitors (i.e. Gitman Vintage, Hamilton 1883, etc.) Brooks Brothers created their extra slim fit collection of shirts.
Upon entering the store the extra slim fit collection was displayed prominently up front. Every shirt available was both oxford cloth and two tone (white collars). I grabbed a lovely yellow one and made my way to the dressing room. My expectations were pretty low considering how ill fitting Brooks Brothers usually is on me. I assumed that while the shirts would definitely be slim relative to Brooks Brothers, they would still be too big for me. Surprisingly, the shirts fit great. With perfectly raised arm holes, a slim sleeve and a trim body the shirt surpassed my wildest expectations. It looked fine untucked, and even better tucked in. I wear a size medium across the board and the Brook's shirt fit true to size. The new extra slim fit Brooks Brothers shirts are as good as advertised and get the Sartorially Inclined cosign. I ended up buying that very same yellow oxford as well as a set of three cotton hankerchiefs before leaving completely satisfied. Pick your own extra slim fit shirt online for $79.50.
Next time you are in Charlotte head by the Brooks Brothers in the South Park Mall. I read a lot of stuff online bashing the current Brooks Brothers for losing touch with their customers and being generally not very knowledgeable about their product. This couldn't be farther from the truth at the South Park Brooks Brothers. They are extremely helpful and know their stuff, especially Doug who is one of the head tailors. Today we chatted for a while about pocket squares, the difference between university and club ties and the direction Brooks is headed. He is a great guy and will help you out with whatever you need.
Me: Are you guys ever going to get your hands on some of that Black Fleece?
Doug: (Laughing) Does this look like Madison Avenue, kid?
[update: Looks like I beat Valet Mag to the punch.]