Unlike shoes, it can be hard to tell if your dress shirt fits you the way it should. While it’s easy to pick a size from Small to XL, that doesn’t mean the shirt will fit the way it should. Indeed, men’s bodies aren’t cookie-cutter shapes and a Medium shirt that fits one guy like a glove might hang loose on another man of a similar size. That is why it is important to know how to find a dress shirt that fits perfectly, and the best way to do it is to start by choosing custom shirts that are tailored to your precise dimensions.
One of the easiest ways to tell if a shirt is too large is to wear it untucked. If it extends down to your lower thighs or your knees, it is simply too large.
Don’t Forget the Jacket
Another way to tell is to take a close look at the sleeves after you have worn a sports coat. If you remove the jacket, and the sleeves are wrinkled, it is a sign that the sleeves are too long and are getting bunched up.
Check Your Chest
Finally, while wearing the shirt, pull the fabric at the buttons away from the chest. It shouldn’t move more than an inch or so. If it moves any further, it is an indication that the shirt is too large. A well-fitting shirt should always be able to touch the chest.
Conversely, it is relatively easy to tell if a shirt is too small. If you have to suck your gut in to affix buttons, if the cuff of the shirt doesn’t extend to slightly beyond the wrist, or if the fabric beneath the armpits or neck crimps and pinches – then the shirt is too small.
So, What is a Perfect Fitting?
- The seams of the shoulders are at the top of the shoulder
- The collar closes with room for two fingers
- The chest feels snug but not constrained
- The sleeves extend to slightly beyond the wrist
- The sleeves don’t hang loose
- The waist tapers inwards
- The shirt length extends to the back pockets
We have spent our lives crafting custom shirts that fit our clients’ shape and style perfectly. When it comes to custom menswear, we assure you that we will create bespoke shirts for you that are the most comfortable garments you have ever worn. We invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment and discover the comfort and stunning appearance that custom-fit shirts offer.