A Proper Fitting Shirt

Bad Fit Vs. Good Fit

It's been said that the clothes make the man, but, in cases of real quality, the man definitely makes the clothes.

An elegant shirt has the capacity to improve its wearer’s professional appearance, enhance their image, and even boost their general attractiveness, helping them stand out more.  But regardless of how nice a shirt looks, or what it's made from, if it doesn't fit correctly, all of the benefits it brings will be negated.

How to find the proper fit

You've almost certainly seen it: a man wearing his favorite shirt out to a party, strutting around like he's worth a million bucks.  Only, the shirt's too big.  It drowns him. It makes him look tiny. His garment may have cost $150, but that won't stop other party goers whispering behind his back, 'look, it's Honey I Shrunk the Kids.'

Each aspect of a shirt should be comfortable on the skin.  It should be snug, yet there ought to be room for the skin to breathe.  The various parts of a shirt will be listed below, and with them, how to tell if the shirt fits or not in relation to the aforementioned area.

There should be no excuse ever again to put on an ill-fitting shirt.

Collar - A well-fitting shirt should touch the skin, the whole way across the neck, yet without pinching.  There should be enough space to fit a finger or two in between the collar and the neck without having to use force.

Shoulder - One way to tell if a shirt fits correctly is to measure up the seams to their corresponding body parts.  The seam that joins your shirts body and arm together should meet the part of your body where your body and arm join.  Any difference in location and a shirt is either too big or too small for you.

Torso - Most men who work out like having a tight shirt, and while some shirts are designed to fit tighter than others, there is a limit.  On a correct fitting shirt, all buttons should be able to be buttoned with ease, and when tucked in, no excess of shirt should remain at the sides.

Sleeve - If all of the above are fine, chances are the sleeve will be too, however it's worth checking just to make sure.  A shirt sleeve should come down to the point of a man's wrist bone, which allows it to overflow a jacket slightly, and remain correctly in place.  If your sleeve reaches any other point on your arm, it's time to put it back and choose something else.

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