When buying dress shirts, many men only focus on how the neck and sleeves fit, but that doesn’t guarantee the best look. Although a dress shirt may look fine underneath a suit jacket, a fitted dress shirt is still the best option. Not only will it fit well beneath a slim cut suit, but it will also look great without a jacket. Many times, men will take off their suit jacket, revealing their baggy and sloppy dress shirts. Often times a bad fit will lead to excess fabric and a loose-fitting shirt around the arms, sides and backs giving off a parachute look. There are, however, many shirt enthusiasts and shirt makers who care about the fit of shirt as much as the design but unfortunately even if men are aware of this problem there is a general lack of fitted dress shirts in stores.
In general, there are 3 types of men’s fitted dress shirts:
Slim Fitted Dress Shirt – Sizes of slim fitted dress shirts vary quite dramatically, but usually they are for the smaller body frame.
Normal Fitted Dress Shirt – If you are looking for the more relaxed dress shirt choose a normal fit. It works well on all occasions and you will be feeling very little restraints in movement from the shirt.
Loose Fitted Dress Shirt – This type of fit is for the fully relaxed fit, usually suited for the heavier man. It gives full free movement and more air.
Although most stores offer these different fit types, sizes vary from store to store making it a hassle to finding the perfect fitting dress shirt. Not only do the shirt sizes vary, but the shirts aren’t made to your specific body so rarely do men find fitted dress shirts that fit them properly. There is a solution, however, to this rather prevalent problem among men and it is the fitted dress shirt. The recommended method of choice would be to get a fully customizable dress shirt, also known as tailored, bespoke, or made to measure dress shirts. This kind of made to measure fit usually involves around 9 measurements of your upper body, but varies from tailor to tailor. Getting a custom fitted dress shirt will result in the most ideal fit and the best look.
A fitted dress shirt will fit the torso as well as the neck and the sleeves will also have a bit slimmer cut. Overall, the shirt will contain less excess fabric and thus eliminating that awful baggy look. Not only will a fitted shirt fit great under a suit jacket with less fabric but it’ll also look great without a suit jacket. With a custom made fitted dress shirt you’ll have the options of exactly how fitted you want the shirt to be, having complete control over the final look of the shirt. All in all, the fully custom fit shirt is your best choice when looking for something that will fit. These shirts are the only ones made entirely for you.
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