JCrew Tall Long Sleeved T-Shirt

The long sleeve t-shirt, an item of clothing given a wide berth by tall thin guys with long arms everywhere. Usually I end up with a baggy shirt with sleeves that end half way up my forearms! Not with the JCrew tall long sleeved t-shirt, sleeve and body length are 2″ long than JCrew standard sizing.

In a Large Tall size the shirt fits my 38″ arms perfectly and provides a trim fit – not body hugging but an athletic fit I love (see my stats here). I own 3 different colors (black, grey and heather navy) with the heather navy being my favourite. You have to watch for this one though, these items sell out FAST from the JCrew.com site.

If you are lucky you may just hit one of JCrew’s many sales, the best I have seen is 40% off and free shipping (including to Canada no less). With free returns to any JCrew store, this really limits the downside to prospective purchases – I will sometimes order multiple colors and sizes and keep only those items that fit and look perfect.

JCrew is also becoming my go-to for for sweaters and casual shirts in tall sizing. You can search their Tall Shop by your specific size to see what they have available.

Pros:

  • Close fitting complimentary cut for us tall thin guys
  • Longer arm and torso length in the tall sizes

Cons:

  • Limited availability
  • Limited color range
  • The JCrew Tall Shop is online only, but with free returns you can try at home and return easily to a store.

TM Lewin Shirts

I first was introduced to TM Lewin shirts by my buddy Mark in the UK back in the early 2000’s. Being a similar height, he had donated a couple of his old shirts to me when I came back from a stint as a ski bum and was looking for a “proper” job. They did the job and I was a fan from that point on.

The custom range of sizes TM Lewin offer in both neck and sleeve sizes is nothing short of astounding. It is a range of customization I have not found anywhere except custom tailors that cost double or more. The quality is first class, as you can expect from a Jermyn Street tailor.TM Lewin

I use formal double cuff shirts for work and the more casual single cuff shirts for dress down days and nights out. At last count, my wardrobe has 17 TM Lewin shirts, all with 16.5” neck and 38” arms. TM Lewin offer a range of fits, my current favorite is the slim fit which fits my ectomorph shape perfectly.

TM Lewin has seasonal multi-buy sales that can bring the cost down significantly. A buddy I introduced these shirts to now regularly orders with his office colleagues so he doesn’t need to buy 4 or 5 each time to get the best price.

If your arms are not quite as monkey like as mine, they offer a large selection of suits, casual wear, etc. I purchased a long trench coat from them a few years back that they custom tailored to fit my arms, but I have mainly stuck to shirt purchases.

For the price, quality and range of sizes these shirts can’t be beat.

Low down:

  • The selection varies by size and stock, check back regularly.
  • Multi-buy deals offer the best price.
  • Choose “Non-iron” shirts for the ultimate in convenience.
  • TM Lewin ship globally.