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The Perfect Fit: Shirts

The Perfect Fit:
Shirts

Perfect Fit Shirts
Perfect Fit Shirts

Collar Fit

Shirts Collor Fit

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Correct fit

A simple, straightforward rule of thumb—not too tight, not too loose. A properly fitting collar should never feel constrained. To ensure you have the perfect fit, you should be able to comfortably slide a finger between the collar and your neck.

Shirts Collor Fit

too tightToo tight

Too tight

The collar will be uncomfortable and constricting.

Shirts Collor Fit

too looseToo loose

Too tight

The collar will be uncomfortable and constricting.

Too loose

The collar will look messy and will not complement a tie as neatly as it should.

Body Fit

Shirts Body Fit

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Correct fit

The perfect fit will allow you to move freely without losing its tailored aesthetic. It will be comfortable yet with a defined silhouette, and a clean, smooth placket with no button tension.

Shirts Body Fit

too tightToo small

Too small

The shirt will be restrictive and uncomfortable to move in.

Shirts Body Fit

too largeToo large

Too small

The shirt will be restrictive and uncomfortable to move in.

Too large

The shirt loses all definition and will fit uncomfortably under a jacket.

Shoulder Fit

Shirts Shoulder Fit

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Correct fit

A shoulder fits properly when the seam falls naturally along the edge of your shoulder. A size that’s too small will have the seam on top of the shoulder, while too big and it will hang over the arm.

Shirts Shoulder Fit

too tightToo small

Too small

The sleeve will be high on your shoulder, constricting movement.

Shirts Shoulder Fit

too largeToo large

Too small

The sleeve will be high on your shoulder, constricting movement.

Too large

The shoulder seam will hang over your shoulder, looking misshaped and oversized.

Bottom Length

Shirts Bottom Length

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Correct fit

Formal shirts should be long enough to almost cover the entire seat and crotch, making them ideal for neatly tucking in and staying tucked in. Casual shirts should cut off just above the pocket, giving off a more relaxed appeal.

Shirts Bottom Length

too shortToo short

Too short

The shirt will be restrictive, prone to untucking and uncomfortable to move in.

Shirts Bottom Length

too longToo long

Too short

The shirt will be restrictive, prone to untucking and uncomfortable to move in.

Too long

The shirt will have excessive fabric, bunching up in the trousers.

Perfect length for
casual shirts

Shirts Perfect Fit Length

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When going casual, you want the option of being able to untuck. So go for a shirt with a shorter length and a hem that’s not cut so high along the sides for an overall more laid-back appeal.

When going casual, you want the option of being able to untuck. So go for a shirt with a shorter length and a hem that’s not cut so high along the sides for an overall more laid-back appeal.

Sleeve Length

Shirts Sleeve Length

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Correct fit

The perfect sleeve length will have the cuff falling where the thumb meets the wrist. The ideal fit should be just snug enough to comfortably allow one finger to fit.

Shirts Sleeve Length

too shortToo short

Too short

It will show too much wrist and be unseen if worn with a suit jacket.

Shirts Sleeve Length

too longToo long

Too short

It will show too much wrist and be unseen if worn with a suit jacket.

Too long

Too long, and it will flow onto your hand, looking messy and untailored.

Sleeve Fit

Shirts Sleeve Fit

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Correct fit

The upper arm should be slim, but just spacious enough to allow comfortable movement and avoid excessive tension at the elbow. The forearm should feel snug, not tight, and should not recede up the arm when the elbow is bent.

Shirts Sleeve Fit

too tightToo small

Too small

It will create uncomfortable tension when bending your arm.

Shirts Sleeve Fit

too largeToo large

Too small

It will create uncomfortable tension when bending your arm.

Too large

It will look baggy and fit uncomfortably if worn with a jacket.