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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the declining demand for traditional-fit shirts at Brooks Brothers, I think we should take a sampling of the fit preference of Ivy Style readers. It occurred to me, though, that there is likely a correlation between fit preference, age and physique.

Therefore, while this is hardly scientific, the poll consists of three questions. After all, if 80 percent of respondents indicated that they preferred the baggiest possible fit, it would be worth knowing if a similar number were over 50 and generous in the midsection. Likewise, if 80 percent indicated a preference for extra-slim-fit shirts, the number might suggest youth and ectomorph proportions. But just as with politics (not to mention every other possible subject of debate) Ivy Style readers are surely a mix.

And to make the point that fit preference and physique may not always align the way we think, pictured above is famous thin man Fred Astaire in a full-cut oxford buttondown. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD

Shirt Fit Question One
How do you prefer your dress shirts to fit?

Shirt Fit Question Two
What is your age?

Shirt Fit Question Three
What is your physique?