The Most Common Dress Shirt Fit Problems
We’ve all seen it: a dress shirt that just looks…wrong. At the airport, on the metro, hanging in your own closet. It’s kind of like that game of spotting VW Bugs: Once you start looking for bad fitting dress shirts, they're everywhere. We spend a lot of time at H&C HQ talking about our superior fit and best dress shirts, but it’s tough to describe the good without addressing the bad. We’ve put together a list of what we consider the five manifestations of ill-fitting dress shirts for men. So the next time you or someone you love looks like a breakfast pastry/pirate, you’ll know where to turn.
When a men’s dress shirt isn’t tailored properly through the torso and is then tucked in, all that extra fabric puffs out around the waist creating what most closely resembles the top of a muffin. This is the most prevalent—and in our opinion, the least pardonable—fit problem.
That excess fabric billowing out from your back looks like it’s catching wind (of what variety, we’re not quite sure). It’s not an elaborate escape mechanism—your shirt just isn’t cut right for your frame. You and your profile deserve better.
Who cares if your biceps qualify as noodles or guns? If you have an abundance of fabric around your armpit, the only thing we’re thinking is “flying squirrel.” This fit problem occurs when the armhole of the shirt is too large and the shirt is not tailored through the body. The resulting look is similar to the “wings” of a flying squirrel.
When the sleeves of a dress shirt are cut too large, the excess fabric and space results in a draping effect reminiscent of 17th-century pirate garb. The problem is exacerbated when the sleeves are too long and the cuffs are buttoned.
It’s after five on a Friday. Time to break out some beers and get casual. You loosen your tie, untuck your shirt…or wait, I’m sorry. Is that a tunic? Most mass brands cut their shirts extra long, resulting in lengthy shirt tails that hang past the waist and fully cover the behind. This, my friend, is a man-dress—not a men’s dress shirt.
What makes our shirts better? We're glad you asked. To learn more about how dress shirts should fit, check out our Guide to Better Fitting Dress Shirts. Or, jump directly to our fit page, or our various fits: 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.