Brooks Brothers review

Looking for a Brooks Brothers review? This page contains unique detailed garment size information on the different Brooks Brothers shirts and the sizes available. The page has more precise information than is currently available on the Brooks Brothers website, as of June 2017. You can purchase Brooks Brothers direct by clicking on the image below.
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Brooks Brothers review – size charts and fits available

Brooks Brothers shirts have four different fits and changed their names in January 2015. Following this change, the Regular Fit now called the Madison, Slim is Regent and Extra Slim is Milano. The Traditional Fit has remained the Traditional Fit.

  • Traditional Fit – Brooks Brothers’ widest cut around the chest and waist. It’s the widest available I have found and is much larger than any other brand I have measured.
  • Madison Fit (was called Regular). This shirt is still relatively wide compared to other brands. Compared to the Traditional Fit, it is cut 2.5 inches narrower around the chest and 1.5 inches slimmer through the waist.
  • Regent Fit (was called Slim Fit). Compared to the Traditional Fit, this shirt is 5 inches narrower through chest and 5.5 inches slimmer through the waist. It’s also one inch shorter than the Traditional
  • Milano Fit (was called Extra Slim Fit) is the slimmest Brooks Brothers cut. Compared to the Traditional Fit, this is 8 inches narrower through the chest and 6.5 inches slimmer through the waist. However, if you are looking for slimmer fits, then Charles Tyrwhitt extra slim is slimmer.

In the tables below N/A means this particular cut is not available from Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Traditional Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532,33 and 3447.543.5
15.032,33,34 and 3549.545.5
15.532,33,34,35 and 3651.547.5
16.032,33,34,35 and 3653.549.5
16.532,33,34,35,36 and 3755.551.5
17.033,34,35,36 and 3757.553.5
17.533,34,35,36,37 and 3859.555.5
18.034,35,36,37 and 3861.557.5
18.534,35,36,37 and 3863.559.5
1935,36 and 3765.561.5
2036 and 3769.563.5

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Madison Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532,33 and 344542
15.032,33,34 and 354744
15.532,33,34,35 and 364946
16.032,33,34,35 and 365148
16.532,33,34,35,36 and 375350
17.032,33,34,35,36 and 375552
17.533,34,35,36,37 and 385754
18.034,35,36,37 and 385956
18.534,35,36,37 and 386158
1935,36 and 376360
2036 and 376562

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Regent Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532,33 and 3442.538
15.032,33,34 and 3544.540
15.532,33,34,35 and 3646.542
16.032,33,34,35 and 3648.544
16.532,33,34,35,36 and 3750.546
17.033,34,35,36 and 3752.548
17.533,34,35,36,37 and 3854.550
18.034,35,36,37 and 3856.552

Brooks Brothers Fit Guide – Milano Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532,33 and 3439.537
15.032,33,34 and 3541.539
15.532,33,34,35 and 3643.541
16.032,33,34,35 and 3645.543
16.532,33,34,35,36 and 3747.545
17.033,34,35,36 and 3749.547

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.

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.

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 nearly 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.

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

If you are looking for alternative shirts that fit like the Brooks Brothers shirts, but maybe are cheaper, use the shirt search engine. Click on the combination of collar size and sleeve length you wear and then read down the table to find the shirts that have a fit like Charles Tyrwhitt. The shirt search engine gives more precise results, as the results depend on the precise collar size, but generally:

  • Shirts that fit like the Brooks Brothers Traditional Fit? There is nothing I know of on the market cut as a wide as the Traditional Fit.  It’s just so large.  Often the closest is the Brooks Brothers Madison Fit.
  • Shirts that fit like Brooks Brothers Madison Fit? Try the Paul Fredrick Regular Fit.
  • Shirts that fit like Brooks Brothers Regent Fit? Try the Lands End Tailored Fit.
  • Shirts that fit like Brooks Brothers Milano Fit? Try the Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit.

This image contains the BB brand and takes the reader from the Brooks Brothers review page to the BB siteCan’t find what you’re looking for? Try the shirt search engine to find a shirt that fits you.

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