Hudson’s Guide has a really great section on finding shorter and smaller clothing. It’s written for FTM guys, but it’s also a great resource for women trying to find the perfect fit in mens’ clothing. Here’s an excerpt on fitting dress shirts:
Sizing in shirts
Most men’s shirts that are simply labeled “small” (but don’t necessarily have specific measurements listed on the package or label) usually are around the ballpark of a 14-14.5 inch collar, a 34-36 inch chest, and a “regular” sleeve length of 32-33 inches. “Short” sleeve lengths of 30-31 are sometimes available. Of course, the exact measurements of a men’s size “small” will vary among manufacturers– you might find that some brands of small are larger or cut differently than others.
Men’s dress shirts will be typically be sized with specific measurements for neck circumference and sleeve length, with the neck measurement listed first. The chest/waist size ratio of most dress shirts is determined by the manufacturer to be in proportion to the neck size. This can be a challenge in fitting for guys who are short and heavy. Dress shirts can be found in “regular” fit, as well as “athletic” or “trim” fit (with a slight taper toward the waist, for those with broader shoulders and a thin waistline) and “full cut” for those who need a little more room around the middle.
Getting the right fit
Keep in mind that some stores may have their own special fit charts and size tips. This is particularly good to check when shopping online or through catalogs. It’s always a good idea to consult sizing charts, ask questions if you are unsure, and find out the return policy in case something doesn’t fit as you hoped.
Clothes are designed with different cuts and styles that flatter some body types and not others– just because a shirt or pair of pants is made with your measurements doesn’t mean it is going to look good on you! Try clothes on to be sure. This is especially true if you are trying to find clothes to take emphasis away from wide hips or narrow shoulders. …
Finally, don’t forget the option of alterations by a tailor or by someone you know with sewing skills. If you are just a little shorter than the average sized pant length available in your area, pants can be easily hemmed to the correct length. Sleeves can also be shortened, though for a good dress shirt you might want to check a short man’s specialty store to obtain a better overall fit.
$18 from Art in the Age
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If you’re in the NYC area (I am not, sadly) Re/Dress NYC, a vintage plus-size clothing store in Brooklyn, is holding a butch fashion show tomorrow, May 26. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8 with dancing afterwords until 11. If anyone goes, I’d absolutely love some pics.
$9.99 from Walgreens
This silkscreened t with a striking image of the French alps comes from 410BC, a lesbian owned and lesbian run clothing line based out of New York. Yay lesbians!
$26 from 410 BC
My polo shirt collars look like crap. They’re all curly and floppy because I buy cheap polos and I’ve never done anything to keep them otherwise. Here are the three solutions I’ve found to this problem:
1) Once you’ve washed your shirt either hang it up right away or throw it in the dryer for 5 or 10 minutes and then hang it up. When you hang it, smooth it out and make sure the collar is nice and flat. Once it dries, it should stay pointy. If this doesn’t work …
2) Iron it. Flip the collar up and spray either some starch (for a stiffer collar) or sizing (for a crisp but maleable collar), both of which you should be able to find and your local grocery or drug store. Then put a towel over the collar – you don’t want the iron directly on the shirt – and iron those points flat. Un-pop the collar and you’re set. Or …
3) Use a collar stay. Yes, there are a couple of companies that actually sell stick-on collar stays for polo shirts. I’d only recommend this if you wear your polos to work or you don’t mind people giggling about your dorky collar stays.
I love flip flops. I spend as much of the summer as humanly possible in them. Unfortunately, I just managed to break my favorite pair, so I’ve been shopping around for another and here are some of the best options I’ve found thus far. I have very wide feet, so I tend to wear men’s footwear, so I’ll start with a few in that category:
The Haight Ashbury is a great all-around sandal. They’re not too dressy that you would get laughed at wearing these to the beach, but you can also change into a nice pair of jeans and take your best beach buddy to a nice restaurant when the surfing’s done.
$50 from Sanuk
To be fair, I don’t make enough money to ever buy a $120 pair of sandals. But if I did, OluKai’s Mea Ola would be they. They’ve got gorgeous leather, beautiful stitching, and an awesome stylized octipus to top it off.
$120 from OluKai
$35.50 from Zappos
$37.95 from Zappos
$60 from Chaco
$20 from Endless Shoes
$28 from Zappos
$85 from OluKai
I used to hate short sleeve button downs with a passion. I’m still sort of unsure on the issue, but if I had to pick one to buy it would probably be this one. It’s got a not TOO wild pattern (at least in green) and the biased pocket is a nice touch. And it’s made from organic cotton.
$50 from Marmot
Just got this one in the mail yesterday. I like it. It’s soft, and long enough that I don’t have plumber butt. Also, the collar actually stays straight, unlike my other polo shirts – but I’m sure I will unintentionally beat it into submission soon enough.
$19.18 from Department of Goods
I don’t know if you’ve heard of blogs like The Sartorialist or The Style Scout which are just sort of collections of people on the street and their various styles? Well, like many (most?) things in life they are not nearly gay enough. Enter Dyke Streetstyle, a new photo blog to fill this gaping hole. Honestly, this is exactly the sort of thing I wished I could create when I started this blog, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only lesbian in several hundred square miles, which would make it difficult to get pics. Anyway, Dyke Streetstyle only has 3 photos up this far, but here’s to hoping there are many more. (photo by Gerry Alexis via Dyke Streetstyle)