Top positive review
Good value for money - sizing is inconsistent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
There seems to be a lot of dispute in the feedback over whether these come up too big or too small, so I am writing this review to share my opinion on why this might be. I ordered two of those tops, one in the olive green and one in tan. Both where from the same seller, both in XL uk size (China size 3XL). You would therefore expect them to be the same size and fit. However when I looked at them there was a clear difference in size between the two, and they were made slightly different (different zips, slightly different in the fabrics used, inside labels looked different etc). The green / olive top was a good 4 inches different around the chest despite supposedly being the same size as the tan. As you can see in my photos there is about an extra inch each side in the width arm put to arm pit. That’s an extra two inches material total each side, thus 4 inches overall which is quite a big difference. I think this is why people are finding so many differences in how they fit because it seems to depend on what colour you order, and even then the seller maybe using different suppliers from China to fullfil stock levels and thus each supplier is working to slightly different measurements. This doesn’t make it any easier for you the buyer, as it seems to basically be pot luck as to how the sizing will come up despite there universal size chart which is clearly not accurate in all cases. Use it as a guideline only and hope for the best.
In terms of how these fit me, I am normally a 42 inch chest in a suit jacket, and I am 5’8” and about 12 and a half stone. The tan top fitted my nicely but was fitting around my body. Not completely skin tight or uncomfortable in any way, but kinda like a slim fit T-shirt. Also the stretchy material in the body keeps it comfortable while moving etc. Arms and body length all good too.
The olive top was obviously going to fit a lot looser, and I thought it would look too big, but to be honest I was surprised that it still looked good even being a looser fit. It fitted more like a regular fit uk large T-shirt so wasn’t tight against the body but not so loose it looked too big either. I think the style of these tops with the looser arms provides a certain amount of leniency in fit around the body.
So, I decided to keep both, that way I have a slightly looser fitting top and one that is more against the skin depending on my mood and how hot the weather is. I would likely choose the Olive looser fit in hot weather.
Arm pit to arm pit I measured the tan at 22” pit to pit. The olive measured 24” pit to pit.
I hope this helps, but it does seem that getting an exact size is going to be difficult. That said I am overall very happy with the quality of both tops, no they aren’t top rugged construction which will take loads of abuse, but then you aren’t paying £60+ either. It’s cheap clothing from China so providing you set your expectations based on that and what you are paying then you won’t be disappointed. Cutting off a few loose threads here and there is a two minute job and doesn’t bother me at all, and despite some loose ends the stitching itself is more than adequate. The olive did seem to be made of a slightly thicker fabric in the body and the zip was also better quality, but again who knows if they are all going to be the same. At least amazon have a good returns policy if you really aren’t happy, but I for one am more than pleased with my purchases