How To Select The Perfect Fitted Shirt
Whether you are male or female, buying a fitted shirt can be a challenge when trying to prevent looking 10 pounds heavier than you really are. Shirt makers understand this so knowing what to look for and how they design shirts to fit bodies best is important.
Fitted shirts are designed for three body types. The athletic shirt has a tendency to be broader at the shoulders with a larger neckline and is narrower in the waist and hips. A standard shirt, on the other hand, is a slightly baggier style made for those who are of average or larger builds. Generally, they have a tendency to be less fitted. Finally, the custom fit, although slightly more expensive, is fitted based on individual attributes.
When it comes to ensuring a perfect fit, there are several things that should be taken into consideration. Shoulder seams should only come to the shoulder bones and not beyond. Many men and women wear shirts that hang below this point making the garment look too large and the wearer untidy. Additionally, the length of the sleeves should end at the top knuckle of the thumbs when the cuff is not buttoned and the arms are relaxed. Any longer and they will look too large whereas any shorter and you will be a constant struggle to keep the shirt sleeves in place.
Standard sizes often have a fuller waist. To find a properly fitted style, after putting on the shirt just sit down. The fabric should not extend by more than the size of a fist nor should the fabric stretch and put pressure on the buttons. Finally, the length will depend on whether the shirt is worn tucked in or left out. For tucked shirts the tails should hang to the underwear leg line, but for un-tucked shirts they should be about one and a half to two inches shorter. For the petite woman, the top of the hip is ideal.
It’s important to note that caution should be exercised when buying manufactured or pre-made shirts in standard sizes. Most importantly, sizes vary greatly between stores and, frequently, although you may find a properly fitting shirt one time, you may not be able to find one that fits as well again. Often the best choice is opting for a custom made shirt that is tailored to best fit your body type. Although slightly more expensive, they are often made out of better fabrics and are better constructed so will last longer.
A shirt with a proper fit will look clean-cut, stylish, and will not add weight to the wearer that isn’t there. This is not only appealing, but says much about personal characteristics. Each body shape is unique and has its challenges, but you still want to put forth your best qualities and present a stylish appearance. Knowing that you have selected a perfectly fitted shirt will provide the peace-of-mine needed to enhance your confidence.