Brooks Brothers review

Looking for a Brooks Brothers review or a Brooks Brothers fit guide? This page contains unique detailed garment size information on the full range of Brooks Brothers shirts and the sizes available. This data is updated in the summer of 2019 to account for Brooks Brothers introducing the Soho Fit range, the Big and Tall range and changing the chest and waist sizes of its other shirts. More detail on the changes to the Brooks Brothers shirt sizing is below.

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Brooks Brothers shirt fit guide

Brooks Brothers shirts have six different fits and updated their range in the summer of 2019. A fit guide describing the different fits is below.

  • Traditional Fit – Brooks Brothers’ widest cut around the chest and waist. It’s the widest available shirt I have found and is much larger than any other brand I have measured. Compared to the Regent Fit, the Traditional Fit is five inches larger in the chest and five inches larger in the waist.
  • Madison Fit (was called Regular). This shirt is still relatively wide compared to other brands. Compared to the Regent Fit, it is cut 2.5 inches wider around the chest and 3.25 inches wider through the waist.
  • Regent Fit (was called Slim Fit).  The best selling Brooks Brothers fit, fitted through the chest and body.
  • Milano Fit (was called Extra Slim Fit) was the slimmest Brooks Brothers cut until the Soho arrived.  Compared to the Regent Fit, this is 2.75 inches narrower through the chest and 1.5 inches slimmer through the waist.
  • Soho Fit – this was launched in the summer of 2019 and is now the slimmest of the Brooks Brothers range. Compared to the Regent Fit, this is 5 inches narrower through the chest and 5 inches narrower through the waist.
  • Big and Tall – this range was also launched in the summer of 2019. The shirts are available in collar sizes from 16.5 inches to 20 inches. The shirts are cut a little slimmer than the Traditional Fit.

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Traditional Fit

Collar SizeSleeve Lengths AvailableChest Size - Garment MeasurementWaist Size - Garment Measurement
14.532, 33, 3445.043.0
15.032, 33, 34, 3547.045.0
15.532, 33, 34, 35, 3649.047.0
16.032, 33, 34, 35, 3651.049.0
16.532, 33, 34, 35, 36, 3753.051.0
17.033, 34, 35, 36, 3755.053.0
17.533, 34, 35, 36, 37, 3857.055.0
18.034, 35, 36, 37, 3859.057.0
18.534, 35, 36, 37, 3861.059.0
19.035, 36, 3763.061.0

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Madison Fit

Collar SizeSleeve Lengths AvailableChest Size - Garment MeasurementWaist Size - Garment Measurement
14.532, 33, 3442.541.25
15.032, 33, 34, 3544.543.25
15.532, 33, 34, 35, 3646.545.25
16.032, 33, 34, 35, 3648.547.25
16.532, 33, 34, 35, 36, 3750.549.25
17.032, 33, 34, 35, 36, 3752.551.25
17.533, 34, 35, 36, 37, 3854.553.25
18.034, 35, 36, 37, 3856.555.25
18.534, 35, 36, 37, 3858.557.25
19.035, 36, 3760.559.25

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Regent Fit

Collar SizeSleeve Lengths AvailableChest Size - Garment MeasurementWaist Size - Garment Measurement
14.532, 33, 3440.038
15.032, 33, 34, 3542.040
15.532, 33, 34, 35, 3644.042
16.032, 33, 34, 35, 3646.044
16.532, 33, 34, 35, 36, 3748.046
17.033, 34, 35, 36, 3750.048
17.533, 34, 35, 36, 37, 3852.050
18.034, 35, 36, 37, 3854.052

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Milano Fit

Collar SizeSleeve Lengths AvailableChest Size - Garment MeasurementWaist Size - Garment Measurement
14.532, 33, 3437.2536.5
15.032, 33, 34, 3539.2538.5
15.532, 33, 34, 35, 3641.2540.5
16.032, 33, 34, 35, 3643.2542.5
16.532, 33, 34, 35, 36, 3745.2544.5
17.033, 34, 35, 36, 3747.2546.5

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Soho Fit

Collar SizeSleeve Lengths AvailableChest Size - Garment MeasurementWaist Size - Garment Measurement
14.532, 33, 3435.033
15.032, 33, 34, 3537.035
15.532, 33, 34, 35, 3639.037
16.032, 33, 34, 35, 3641.039
16.532, 33, 34, 35, 36, 3743.041
17.033, 34, 35, 36, 3745.043

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Big and Tall

Collar SizeSleeve Lengths AvailableChest Size - Garment MeasurementWaist Size - Garment Measurement
16.536.551.051
17.036.553.053
17.536.555.055
18.036.5, 38.557.057
18.534.5, 36.5, 38.559.059
19.034.5, 36.5, 38.561.061
20.036.565.065

Have Brooks Brothers changed their shirt sizes?

Yes. As well as introducing the new Soho Fit and the Big and Tall range, Broooks Brothers have changed the sizing of their Traditional, Madison, Regent and Milano Fits.

  • Traditional Fit – The new shirts are 2.5 inches narrower in the chest and 0.5 inches narrower in the waist than the old Traditional Fit.
  • Madison Fit – The new shirts are 2.5 inches narrower in the chest and 0.75 inches narrower in the waist than the old Traditional Fit.
  • Regent Fit – The new shirts are 2.5 inches narrower in the chest, but the waist measurement is still the same.
  • Milano Fit – The new shirts are 2.25 inches narrower in the chest, and 0.5 inches narrower in the waist than the old Milano Fit.

Brooks Brothers review – cuffs and collar manufacturing

All shirt manufacturers I know insert an interlining into the cuffs and collars of their shirts to make them more robust. Brooks Brothers are no exception and use semi-fused interlinings, which means that their collars and cuffs have an interlining which is fused with the cotton of the shirt.

As part of the Brooks Brothers review I took apart one of their shirts. The image shows the fused interlining (1). The interlining is separate from the material on the inside of the cuff (2) and fused to the outside (3) of the shirt cuff. This is called semi-fused as the interlining is only fused to the outside. If the interlining was fused to the outside and inside it would be called fully fused.

Brooks Brothers size guide - this image shows a cutaway view of the Brooks Brothers cuff, showing how it's constructedThe image below shows a cross-section of the collar of the same Brooks Brothers shirt. The same construction technique is used: the interlining (1) is separated from and not fused with the back (2), but is fused to the front (3) of the collar.

Brooks Brothers size guide - the image shows a cutaway of the Brooks Brothers collar, showing the construction.Brooks Brothers review – History

When it comes to heritage, few US companies can match Brooks Brothers.  Brooks Brothers is 200 years old, having opened its first store in New York in 1818.  In 1988 Marks and Spencer purchased Brooks Brothers. Three years later Marks and Spencer sold Brooks Brothers to the Retail Brand Alliance.  The Retail Brand Alliance is run by Claudio del Vecchio, an Italian businessman. Today Brooks Brothers has expanded outside the USA and has stores in many countries, including China, France, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Brooks Brothers review – where are the shirts made?

The Garland Shirt Company in Garland, North Carolina, in the US, makes some of the Brooks Brothers shirts. However, others shirts are described as “Imported” on their website and the last two shirts I bought from Brooks Brothers were both made in Malaysia. This article suggests that some Brooks Brothers shirts are made by TAL, which makes one in six of dress shirts sold in the US.  Brooks Brothers shirts are also made by Esquel, which has production facilities in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

Brooks Brothers - this image shows the label on a Brooks Brothers shirt, showing made in Malaysia.Shirts that fit like Brooks Brothers shirts?


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