Dress shirts: proper shoulder width?

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  1. Ligament

    Ligament Active Member

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    Dear Fellows,

    Should the shoulders of a dress shirt end *exactly* at the distal tip of the acromion (most lateral part of bony shoulder)?

    Or should there be some overhang, say 1/4" to 1/2"?

    Please post pics.

    Best Regards.
     


  2. tdial

    tdial Senior member

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    Don't have any pictures for you, but the shoulder shouldln't extend past the whatever it was you called it. It should stop at almost exactly the point where the arm goes down.
     


  3. DSM

    DSM Active Member

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    In having had MTM shirts from various sources (not true bespoke), I have found this to be perhaps the most important consideration for myself. If the shoulder lenght is too long, it changes the proportions; and if the shoulder lenght is too tight, it will never fit right.

    For me, it is at the point you mentioned plus a tiny wee bit more. Forget sleeve lenght, blousiness--if the shoulder lenght is incorrect, the rest doesn't matter.
     


  4. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I think this is about right I don't think you should go any narrower than this, but you could probably go 1/4" to 3/8" wider. And, I'm curious as to whether posters here would ever wear a true dress shirt this tight (i.e. a shirt that goes with a tie). A shirt this "streamlined" certainly looks good on the model in a picture, but I'm not sure how it would play in real life. I ordered my Jantzen shirts at least 2 - 3" roomier than this pic.
     


  5. tdial

    tdial Senior member

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    Hmmm. I wouldn't wear a formal dress shirt that tight. The key to this shirt, I believe, is that it has narrow, high arm holes, which gives it that streamlined look. To have the body be that form fitting, you have to be pretty thin. Otherwise, a roomier cut is more appropriate. But again, for a more formal business shirt, I'd opt for something roomier.
     


  6. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I agree with the shoulder advice. Shirt looks a little too tight to be worn in a business setting. On the other hand, I would almost prefer this if I were wearing a jacket over it, because there would be less fabric to bunch up.
     


  7. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    I have a couple of Ascot Changs that fit like that. Â I bought them twelve years ago when I was twenty pounds lighter. Â Now I can only wear them without a tie.
     


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