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Proper shirt fit? How to check you own

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RicoItaliano, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    I am curious about how one would go about checking ones shirt for proper fit. Is there suttle things to look for that indicate proper or improper fit?

    EXA: I understand that when checking the length of the sleve while the shirt is on one would bend the elbow outward a little and see where the cuff sits, is this true and are there other tips?

    Thanks.
     


  2. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    Collar: You should be able to stick two fingers in between your shirt collar and neck and move them around comfortably. If you cannot, the collar is too tight.

    Sleeves: You should be able to bend your arm and not cause the cuffs to retract away from your wrist. Your cuffs should remain at the wrist at all times.
    There should be very little bunching in the sleeves.

    Shoulders: The shirt should not be tight when extending your arms forward. You should be able to move comfortably without feeling like you have too much room or not enough room.

    Waist: You should be able to comfortably tuck in your shirt and not feel like you're wearing a balloon. The waist of the shirt should be tapered. A good dress shirt length is to your crotch if not slightly longer, and conforms to your sides.

    This is what I have learned and how I like my dress shirts to fit. Others may agree or disagree.
     


  3. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    Collar: You should be able to stick two fingers in between your shirt collar and neck and move them around comfortably. If you cannot, the collar is too tight.

    Sleeves: You should be able to bend your arm and not cause the cuffs to retract away from your wrist. Your cuffs should remain at the wrist at all times.
    There should be very little bunching in the sleeves.

    Shoulders: The shirt should not be tight when extending your arms forward. You should be able to move comfortably without feeling like you have too much room or not enough room.

    Waist: You should be able to comfortably tuck in your shirt and not feel like you're wearing a balloon. The waist of the shirt should be tapered. A good dress shirt length is to your crotch if not slightly longer, and conforms to your sides.

    This is what I have learned and how I like my dress shirts to fit. Others may agree or disagree.



    Thanks for the tips.
     


  4. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member

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    I find that if a shirt is worn with a tie, it needs to fit well onto the neck and no sagging or loose fittings. So therefor in my opinion the collar needs to be just right when bottoned up, and there should not be much room inbetween.
     


  5. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    I find that if a shirt is worn with a tie, it needs to fit well onto the neck and no sagging or loose fittings. So therefor in my opinion the collar needs to be just right when bottoned up, and there should not be much room inbetween.

    I rarely where a tie, not only do I have trouble getting it right but when either a shirt collar or a tie is too close to my neck it makes me gag. Just me I guess. [​IMG]
     


  6. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    I find that if a shirt is worn with a tie, it needs to fit well onto the neck and no sagging or loose fittings. So therefor in my opinion the collar needs to be just right when bottoned up, and there should not be much room inbetween.

    P.S. Hello from the States!

    I really enjoy the global conversations in these forums, really think it is awesome that people from so many areas get together and talk.

    Viva Italia!
     


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    mrchapel Senior member

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    I rarely where a tie, not only do I have trouble getting it right but when either a shirt collar or a tie is too close to my neck it makes me gag. Just me I guess. [​IMG]

    That is a sign that your shirt's collar is too tight [​IMG] ; I bet you going up another measurement will give you much more breathing room. [​IMG]
     


  8. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    That is a sign that your shirt's collar is too tight [​IMG] ; I bet you going up another measurement will give you much more breathing room. [​IMG]

    Yes, as obvious as it was I guess I was not paying too much attention [​IMG]

    Boy I feel dumb now.
     


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    Yes, as obvious as it was I guess I was not paying too much attention [​IMG]

    Boy I feel dumb now.


    There is no need to feel dumb RicoItaliano [​IMG]. The only questions that are stupid and dumb are the questions that are not asked.
     


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    There is no need to feel dumb RicoItaliano [​IMG]. The only questions that are stupid and dumb are the questions that are not asked.

    That saying is so clichÃ[​IMG]. There are a lot of dumb questions that get asked all the time. I'm not targetting Rico, just saying...
     


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    That saying is so clichÃ[​IMG]. There are a lot of dumb questions that get asked all the time. I'm not targetting Rico, just saying...

    Yes but they are not dumb to the person asking. Not everyone knows everything. That's the point. For instance, I know nothing about Applied Physics.
     


  12. RicoItaliano

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    Yes but they are not dumb to the person asking. Not everyone knows everything. That's the point. For instance, I know nothing about Applied Physics.

    Well I don't really feel dumb, just after I thought about it wondered why I did not think of it as I was choking myself [​IMG]

    Anyway, good tips.

    Perhaps someone could put a sticky up regarding tips on how to self check fits of misc. items EXA: Suit coats, Pants etc... for noobs like myself.
     


  13. GucciKid

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    Collar: You should be able to stick two fingers in between your shirt collar and neck and move them around comfortably. If you cannot, the collar is too tight.

    Sleeves: You should be able to bend your arm and not cause the cuffs to retract away from your wrist. Your cuffs should remain at the wrist at all times.
    There should be very little bunching in the sleeves.

    Shoulders: The shirt should not be tight when extending your arms forward. You should be able to move comfortably without feeling like you have too much room or not enough room.

    Waist: You should be able to comfortably tuck in your shirt and not feel like you're wearing a balloon. The waist of the shirt should be tapered. A good dress shirt length is to your crotch if not slightly longer, and conforms to your sides.

    This is what I have learned and how I like my dress shirts to fit. Others may agree or disagree.


    Question about sleeve fit...

    If the cuff is sliding back, away from the hand when the arms are moved, what does it generally mean, that the sleeves are too tight, or that the cuff is too loose? I'm thinking it means there's not enough room to move in the sleeves but am not positive.
     


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    Question about sleeve fit...

    If the cuff is sliding back, away from the hand when the arms are moved, what does it generally mean, that the sleeves are too tight, or that the cuff is too loose? I'm thinking it means there's not enough room to move in the sleeves but am not positive.


    That sounds like the sleeves are too short.
     


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