A Brief Guide
to Better Fitting
You've probably landed on our site because you're trying to find some great fitting shirts. But a lot of guys (and sometimes their moms and girlfriends too) don't actually know how a dress shirt should properly fit. You might have an idea of how a shirt shouldn't fit, but consider this an introduction to how a shirt should fit.
Elements of Great Fit
The seam where the sleeve attaches to the body of the shirt should hit close to the top of your shoulders. Mass brands tend to cut their shirts too big (to fit more people, of course), and so you’ll often see the seam sliding down onto the arm, often resulting in #flyingsquirrel.
You should be able to button the collar easily with about enough room for two fingers to fit, any more and it’s too loose, any less and it’s too tight. Note that collar size can be a bit smaller or larger than your true size if you rarely wear ties, i.e., you rarely button the top button.
The shirt should fit comfortably around the chest, under the armpits and across the upper back, giving you a full range of motion. A well-fitting shirt will feel snug but not too tight. If the buttons are pulling when you're standing still with your arms down, it's too tight. But you should expect it to feel "fitted." Seeing the contours of your chest and your body is a good thing!
The shirt should taper from the chest to the waist, following the contours of the body and creating a clean line (no excess fabric) between the shirt and pants when tucked. Our shirts are constructed with back darts, which allow the shirt to taper to the waist. Guys with a little bit of a gut may need to size up.
The shirt should have a high armhole which allows for a tapered sleeve that follows the shape of your arms without excess fabric. When buttoned, the cuff should fall right at the base of the thumb (although there is some personal preference allowed here). Big sleeves are deadly, and can result in #piratesleeve or #sleevefat syndrome. You've been warned.
The shirt hem should be long enough to allow you to tuck the shirt in but not so long that you can't wear it untucked without looking like you're wearing a dress. Our shirts fall to about the pockets so you can wear them untucked or tucked comfortably. When shirts are too long, you have #shirtdress syndrome.
Now that you have a good idea of what a well-fitting shirt should look like. Check out our fit page to find the size that works best for you. And keep in mind, all guys look better in a well-fitting shirt. It doesn't matter if you're short, tall, skinny or broad, a fitted shirt is much more flattering than the alternative. Sometimes it takes a little while for guys to get used to wearing fitted clothes, but stick with it! When people start complimenting you--and they will--you'll know you've found the right fit.
To learn more about our various fits, jump directly to skinny fit, slim fit, athletic fit, or broad fit. You can also check out the Hugh & Crye tumblr, where we show guys of various sizes wearing our shirts.