This is a guest contribution from Claire Ashley, Fashion Designer, and Blogger. More info about her below.
Do you know the importance of a well-fitted shirt? A well-fitted shirt even of cheap quality will look good at you but an expensive shirt that does not fit you properly will make you look like a crap. No matter if you get everything else right, an ill-fitted shirt will destroy your outlook completely.
Do you know what the right fit actually is? Are you wearing clothes that are not a proper fit and you are unaware of it? To solve this difficulty here is an easy “does my shirt fit” test for you.
Before we move towards the test, the thing to keep in mind is that the clothes you buy off the rack they may look good in the display but it is not necessary that they will fit you properly too.
Something will always be out of proportion like if the sleeves are perfect the waist will be too large if the waist is perfect the chest will be too tight and if the chest is perfect the sleeves will be too long. So, if you start looking at each aspect trying to fit everything you will waste a lot of your time.
The solution to this problem is that you should ensure that your shirt fits you in three key areas i.e. chest, shoulders and neck. The rest of the shirt can be altered by a good tailor and it won’t even cost you much money.
It you are trying a new shirt take this test to check if your shirt is a proper fit or not?
1. Check your shoulder seams first:
When you wear your shirt the first thing you have to look for is the shoulder seam if it is on the edge of your shoulder your shirt is well fitted.
If the shoulder seam is on the top of the shoulder it is wrong and if it is over your shoulders it is wrong again.
Now to see if the rest of the parts are also in fitting you have to move to the next step.
2. Check the buttons:
When you button up your shirt look at the buttons are they pulling at the fabric? or is the fabric of your shirt coming apart between the buttons? If yes then your shirt is too tight for you. You need to loosen up that shirt so that the buttons reach each other without pulling on the fabric.
3. Check your collar:
To check if your collar fits you properly put two fingers between your collar and your neck. If you are not able to fit two fingers your collar is too tight and if you can fit more than two fingers your collar is too large.
4. Check how much room you have in your sleeves:
The right fit is the one in which you are able to move your arms without stretching the fabric.
5. Check where your sleeves end:
Well-fitted sleeves should end by your thumb dimple. Your sleeves will be too small if they do not reach your thumb dimples and they will be too large if they go beyond your hum dimple.
Claire Ashley is a Fashion Designer and Blogger at https://www.menssuithabit.com/ who loves to share her professional views on latest Men’s styling trends. She is a creative dynamite who believes that the world should honor two things limitlessly: Ideas and beauty! 🙂