In a fast moving fashion world, many things are changing; style, clothing options, sizing and fit. Gone are the days where there used to be limited fitting options to choose from. Men now have a demand for more - particularly with shirts. This demand created our creation of the muscle fit shirt. But the market has a lot to offer and this variety can be overwhelming. In another article we have already explained the difference between muscle fit vs slim fit.
To clear up some of the confusion, we are going to explain two options that are similar yet different from each other - slim fit and athletic fit shirts.
The main difference between athletic fit and slim fit shirts is that athletic fit shirts are cut closer to the body. The reason being is that athletic fit shirts are specifically designed for athletic shaped bodies while slim fit is for someone looking for a more relaxed fit.
Let's look closely at each fit specifically to determine which is best for you.
Athletic Fit Vs Slim Fit
Slim Fit Shirts
A slim fit shirt is exactly what the name implies - slim fit. These shirts fit your body with the help of a cut from the waist and midsection. But because this is made for the masses it allows for more room around the chest and shoulders. On an athletic, V-Taper physique this results in bagginess around the arms and waist.
The main issue is that the material used to make a slim-fit shirt is non-stretchable, so there are only two possibilities; your shirt would be a bit too tight or a bit loose; there is no middle ground. Cutting it short, this shirt is specially made for a slender, skinny, slim, or lean body. Another problem with a slim-fit-shirt is that it requires an additional expense of tailoring, especially if you want it to fit well.
Slim vs Athletic Body Type
The expansion of the fitness industry, has caused a demand for athletic fit shirts. The athletic type body requires a more unique fit than the churned out slim fit shirts designed for the "standard" body shape.
What is an Athletic Fit Shirt?
An athletic fit shirt is cut closer to the body. They are made using a stretchable material, that allows free motion. This stretchable material hangs to your upper body while providing enough room for it to breathe. However, these shirts could be a bit too tight for people with a muscular body.
The issue with athletic or muscle fit shirts is that like the slim fit shirt, they are cut the same in the arms - which results in discomfort. Athletic builds with large arms shouldn't have to sacrifice fit for comfort.
The other drawback of athletic fit shirts is that that they can still be baggy around the waist, which results in a less fitted look. This bagginess around the waist is something most athletic builds will want to avoid, particularly if they favour a closer fit elsewhere in the shirt.
Best Athletic Fit Dress Shirts - TAPERED™ Fit
So now we know the difference with athletic fit vs slim fit. Finding a shirt that fits muscular body types can be very difficult. After all, most people with a muscular build want a shirt to be both fitted and comfortable, a combination that until recently was almost impossible to find. With the introduction of TAPERED™ fit shirts however, men now have the option for shirts that are fitted, but have enough stretch to provide comfort for all day wear. A perfect fit for a V taper physique. So why not show off all that hard work in the gym with a TAPERED™ fit shirt, and be comfortable as well as fashionable? The best dress shirts for bodybuilders.
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