Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It Doesn't Always Fit Perfectly When It's New: Volume 1
I have a little bit of a complex about my wrists. I think they are the smallest wrists I've ever seen on a grown man. When my new white shirts came from Paul Fredrick, they were (as usual, by PF's design) slightly larger than their desired size. A PF customer service rep told me this is because all shirts shrink a bit after several washings. This applies to the whole shirt, including the cuffs and the collar, which is too roomy. As a result, I think my wrists look even smaller than normal. Here in a few weeks, these shirts will fit perfectly, and balance will be restored.
The moral? Nothing is easy. Finding the perfect shirt for you isn't just a matter of getting your measurements taken, and it isn't just a matter of trying it on in the store. Sometimes, a piece's true fit only becomes apparent after several wearings. Like raw denim, which I will write about soon.