Charles Tyrwhitt review

Are you looking for a Charles Tyrwhitt review? This page contains a detailed review of Charles Tyrwhitt (pronounced “Tirrit”) shirts and all the cuts and sizes available. The page has detailed actual garment measurements (and how they have changed over time) unique to this website.  I have updated the data below to take account of the latest changes in September 2016.

You can buy Charles Tyrwhitt shirts from the Charles Tyrwhitt UK and US sites by clicking on the links below. CT shirts is another terms used for Charles Tyrwhitt shirts.

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Charles Tyrwhitt review – sizes available

Four different cuts of shirts are available from Charles Tyrwhitt.

  • Classic Fit shirts are Charles Tyrwhitt’s widest cut around the chest and waist.
  • Slim Fit cut is narrower around the chest and waist.
  • Extra Slim Fit shirts were the narrowest Charles Tyrwhitt shirts.
  • Super Slim Fit shirts, these were launched in August 2017. They have the same chest size as the extra slim fit, but is narrower through the waist.

In the tables below Not Available means this particular cut is not available from Charles Tyrwhitt. If you’re looking to compare Charles Tyrwhitt shirts with other brands (for example, Charles Tyrwhitt shirts are typically much more fitted than Brooks Brother shirts), then go the compare shirts page.  In January 2015 Charles Tyrwhitt changed their shirt sizing and there is more information on this lower down the page.

Charles Tyrwhitt Classic Fit Shirts

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532*,33*41.7541
1532*,33,34,3543.7543
15.532*,33,34,35,36,3745.545
1632*,33,34,35,36,3847.7546.75
16.533,34,35,36,3849.549
1733,34,35,36,37,3851.550.75
17.534,35,36,3853.553
1835,36,37,3855.554.75
18.5Not available
1937,3859.558.75
203763.562.5

* – Although mentioned in the size guide, these sleeve lengths were not available when I checked in August 2017.

Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit Shirts

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532,3340.2537
1532,33,34,3542.539
15.532,33,34,35,36,374441
1632,33,34,35,36,384643
16.533,34,35,36,384845
1733,34,35,36,37,385046.75
17.534,35,36,385249
1835,36,37,38*5450.75
18.5Not available
19Not available
20Not available

* – Although mentioned in the size guide, these sleeve lengths were not available when I checked in August 2017.

Charles Tyrwhitt Extra Slim Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532,3337.534.5
1532,33,34,3539.2536.5
15.532,33,34,35,36,3741.538.5
1632,33,34,35,36,3843.2540.25
16.533,34,35,36,3845.542.5
1733,34,35,36,37,38*47.2544
17.534,35,36,38*4946
18Not available
18.5Not available
19Not available
20Not available

* – Although mentioned in the size guide, these sleeve lengths were not available when I checked in August 2017.

Charles Tyrwhitt Super Slim Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.532*,3337.533.25
1532*,33,34,35*39.2534.75
15.532*,33,34,35,36,37*41.536.5
1632*,33,34,35,36,38*43.2538.5
16.533*,34,35,36,38*45.540.5
1733*,34*,35,36*,37*,38*47.2542.5
17.5Not available
18Not available
18.5Not available
19Not available
20Not available

* – Although mentioned in the size guide, these sleeve lengths were not available when I checked in August 2017.

Shirts that fit like Charles Tyrwhitt shirts?

If you are looking for alternative shirts that fit like the Charles Tyrwhitt shirts use the shirt search engine. The shirt search engine gives more precise results as the closest fit differs by collar and sleeve length, but generally:

Charles Tyrwhitt review – cuffs and collar manufacturing

All shirt manufacturers I know of insert an interlining into the cuffs and collars of their shirts to make them more robust.  Charles Tyrwhitt use semi-fused interlinings, which means that their collars and cuffs have an interlining which is fused with the cotton of the shirt.

The image below shows a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt I took apart. 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.

Charles Tyrwhitt review - cuff manufactureThe image below shows the collar of the same Charles Tyrwhitt 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.

Charles Tyrwhitt - collar manufactureCharles Tyrwhitt review – old shirt measurements

At the start of 2015 Charles Tyrwhitt updated their website and changed some of their shirt sizes.  The old data for chest sizes is below and may be useful if you’re purchasing shirts which are from their earlier ranges.  The diagrams below show the recent changes and that Charles Tyrwhitt has substantially slimmed the waist and chest measurements on the smaller collar sized Extra Slim Fit.

In addition to these changes, Charles Tyrwhitt told me that the other main change was the sleeves, which were slimmed down.

Charles Tyrwhitt Classic Review - size changes from 2013/14 to 2015

Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit Review - size changes 2013/14 to 2015

Charles Tyrwhitt Extra Slim Fit Review - size changes 2013/14 to 2015The Extra Slim Fit chart shows that for the 14.5 inch collar, the smallest, the chest size has gone from 40.2 to 37.5 inches.  The waist has gone from 36.6 to 34.5 inches.

In the tables below No info. means this information was not previously available.

Shirt CutClassic FitSlim FitExtra Slim Fit
Collar SizeChest MeasurementChest MeasurementChest Measurement
14.542.040.940.2
15.044.042.941.3
15.546.044.142.5
16.048.045.744.1
16.550.047.245.7
17.052.048.848.0
17.554.050.449.6
18.056.052.052.0
19.057.0No info.No info.
20.059.0No info.No info.

Charles Tyrwhitt review – even older shirt sizes

In Summer 2013 Charles Tyrwhitt slightly changed the information on the sizes of their shirts displayed on their website. Information on the old sizes, which is likely to be more applicable for second hand shirts, is below.

Charles Tyrwhitt Classic Fit Shirts

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Measurement (to Fit Chest)Waist Measurement (Garment size)
14.5333641
15.033 and 353843
15.533, 35 and 374045
16.033, 34, 35 and 364247
16.533, 34, 35, 36 and 384449
17.035 and 374651
17.536 and 384853
18.0375055
18.5N/AN/AN/A
19375257
20375459

Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit Shirts

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Measurement (to Fit Chest)Waist Measurement (Garment size)
14.5333639
15.033 and 353840
15.533, 35 and 374041
16.033, 34, 35 and 364243
16.533, 34, 35 and 364445
17.035 and 374646
17.5364848
18.0375049
18.5N/AN/AN/A
19N/AN/AN/A
20N/AN/AN/A

Charles Tyrwhitt Extra Slim/Tailored Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Measurement (to Fit Chest)Waist Measurement(Garment size)
14.5333637
15.0333838
15.533 and 354039
16.033, 34, 35 and 364241
16.533, 34, 35 and 364442
17.035 and 374645
17.5364846
18.0375047
18.5N/AN/AN/A
19N/AN/AN/A
20N/AN/AN/A

Charles Tyrwhitt review – history

In 1986 Charles Tyrwhitt started as a mail order business. Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler started the firm while studying geography at Bristol University. Before focussing on shirts, Nicholas Wheeler started businesses involving Christmas trees, photography and shoes. His shoe business originally involved tracing around customers’ feet and faxing the result to a factory in India. The company was started with £8,000 of inheritance, a bank loan and profits from the sale of an Aston Martin (Nick bought it for £17k and sold it a year later for £100k). From 1986 it took eleven years until the first shop opened was opened on Jermyn Street, London. Today Charles Tyrwhitt has stores in the UK, the USA and France.

Charles Tyrwhitt review – where are the shirts made?

It’s difficult to find good information on where Charles Tyrwhitt shirts are made and the label on the most recent shirt I bought doesn’t say anything.

Charles Tyrwhitt review - where are the shirts made?

Nor does this label, on a shirt I looked at in March 2013.Charles-Tyrwhitt-review-where-shirts-made-1-400x300

The shirt fabric originally came from Lancashire in England and the shirts were made in Essex. Then production moved to Hong Kong. The website doesn’t give any detailed information on where the shirts are made, but says that products are made in the China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malta, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka,Tunisia and the UK.  This article says the shirts are made in India, Romania, Peru and other places. The UK production here refers to Charles Tyrwhitt’s shoes. The non-iron shirts are made in China.

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