Having a perfectly tailored look is essential to great style. If your clothing doesn’t quite fit right, it throws off your entire look. One of the most challenging pieces to tailor correctly is a suit, because when you purchase one off the rack it never quite fits right, and finding a tailor that knows what he or she is doing when it comes to suiting is also a challenge. One piece to the overall suit puzzle that is constantly overlooked is the dress shirt. A well-fitting shirt is crucial to successfully wearing a suit or work outfit, and there’s a good chance that at this very moment, your dress shirt fit is off. It’s time to fix that.
One company that has brought this sizing issue to the forefront is the online shirting company Stantt, which recognizes the misfitting shirt needs of men. According to the company, off-the-rack button downs just aren’t cut for most body types. “Walking through the city you see a bunch of guys just swimming in material,” says Kirk Keel, one of the co-founders of Stantt, to Maxim. Keel and his colleagues, after looking at 2,000 male body scans for market research, concluded that most easily accessible shirts don’t fit 85% of body types. So, what’s a man to do if he’s unsure if his dress shirt fits properly? Here are some issues you might run into when trying on and buying a dress shirt, and how they should properly fit you.
1. You have a “muffin top”
“Sometimes the shirt is just too big in the waist so when you tuck it in, it’s blousing out,” Keel tells Maxim. He advises that if you can grab a fistful of fabric, even after the shirt is tucked in at the waist, then your shirt doesn’t fit and you’re going to want to go for something that’s a little more tailored. If available, grab the “tailored” or “slim” version of the shirt you selected.