Have you ever found as a crossfitter, that your dress shirt just doesn’t fit you properly? No matter how many shirts you try on, you just can’t seem to get it right?
You likely have broad shoulders, muscular arms, a wider chest and a narrower waist than the average man, right? So a dress shirt made for the body ‘norm’ is only going to overly accentuate certain parts of your body and look ill-fitting on other parts, making you look cartoonish.
You probably find that dress shirts are either too loose or too tight. It might seem like there’s no middle ground. If you go too loose your shirt will be baggy, hide your frame under unnecessary fabric and do nothing to show off the areas of your physique that you’re working hard to show off in the first place.
On the other hand, if you go too tight, you’ll end up looking uncomfortable in your clothes and no man wants that. While it certainly comes down to knowing your size and fit, the truth of the matter is that dress shirts off-the-rack are not always the best option for crossfitters.
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Knowing how to pick the best dress shirt for your athletic body and where to buy them from is the best way to avoid buying one that doesn’t fit you well at all. And believe us when we say that you deserve to find the best dress shirt for crossfitters that is going to make you feel your best.
Just say however, you’ve already paid good money for a dress shirt, only to take it home and find out it is the wrong fit for you, what do you do? Well luckily there are a few things you can do to alter it and make it work for you.
Including taking it to the professionals to use their magic on as well as a few methods you can try out yourself to fix the problem.
We’ve put together a guide to help you get it right. Whether you’re looking for a new dress shirt or want to make the one you already have work, we’ve got your back!
Choosing The Right Shirt For The Crossfitter Build
As a crossfitter, the main problem with your ill-fitting dress shirt is that you are buying them off-the-rack with no insight into how they should fit and compliment you. That’s not your fault either, it’s the accepted reality of shopping for clothes for many men.
This is because the majority of shirts off-the-rack are made with the ‘typical’ male body in mind. The average male, is believed to be slim with a more rectangular frame and is therefore the inspiration for the majority of dress shirts on the market.
It doesn’t have to be this way though and most definitely is not the only option for dress shirts on the market. With the know-how of what to look out for and a gentle push in the right direction to shirts that work for crossfitters, your perfect dress shirt is within reach. In fact once you master shopping for your body, it all becomes a breeze.
Choosing clothes is all about shopping around with a working knowledge of what you need out of your clothes. It could be that you need a shirt that fits well around the shoulders.
Maybe you need one that is more fitted around the waist so that you don’t end up with a shapeless look. Once you’ve noted your body requirements and what you are looking for from your shirt, its time to do the leg work and actually pick one.
The best way to go about it is to try on dress shirts in the shop or at home if you order online, before you commit to keeping it. Buying blindly could come back to haunt you later on down the line.
Especially when you go try it on for the first time when you’re getting ready to go out. Queue the panic! To avoid this scenario, try before you buy. Try multiple even until you find the one.
Size up if you have to but be weary of buying more than a size up as you’ll probably end up with a shirt that is too oversized. If you’re struggling to determine whether a shirt looks like it fits well, get advice from shop staff or those who know you best.
Often, other people can pick up on things that you haven’t. Getting a second opinion can really help, but at the end of the day, you know your body best.
The perfect fitting shirt for your crossfitter body will complement the shoulders and chest area which are likely to be much broader than the average male. To ensure that the shoulder area of the shirt is fitting well, consider whether you have enough (but not too much) movement around your shoulders and arms.
The shirt should be form fitting but not too tight that you can’t move. The same goes with the waist, a little movement is good, but the shirt should be form fitting so that you don’t get unnecessary fabric, which can cause wardrobe malfunctions like billowing and unfortunate muffin tops when the shirt is tucked into your trousers.
How To Make Your Dress Shirt Fit Better
So you’ve already bought a dress shirt and have come to the realisation that it doesn’t look like it should on you. Thankfully, there are some handy tips and tricks to keep up your sleeve.
Be aware that most of these tips will work best with a shirt that is too large or has an excess of material. If your shirt is too tight, this is much harder to rectify. Ensuring that you buy the right size for you, even if you do have to size up, is the best way to avoid this.
You can tell if your shirt is too tight for you as it will feel restrictive when you move.
For a dress shirt that is overly loose fitting however, then there are a few things you can try straight away. The first and best thing you can do for a dress shirt that is ill-fitting for your body shape is to take it to a tailor and have it altered.
Tailors are professionals, they’ve seen it all before and they’ve certainly had every kind of body shape walk through the doors of their shop, so they know how to get the best out of your clothing with your body type in mind.
If it is a case of too much material giving you that undesired over-sized look, a tailor can remove some of that annoying fabric, or use their tailoring tricks like adding in darts to create more shape within the shirt.
They will fit the shirt to your body so that your athletic shape is shown off like it should be. The finished result will mean that you’ll have a relaxed fit that narrows at the waist and is fitted at the shoulders and chest.
Visiting a tailor is not cheap, but it is an investment and will save you in the long run from having to buy another shirt. Tailors are the best people to ask for advice about dressing, so give them a shout.
Another way that you can fix an overly loose dress shirt, even temporarily while you wear it, is to employ some tucks like the Military tuck. This is good for nipping your shirt in at the waist to avoid any overspill of fabric when you tuck it in to your trousers and to give you more structure.
The military tuck is a tried and tested method that works by pulling the material from the sides of your shirt tightly and then pulling taunt behind your back. You can then tuck your shirt tightly into the waistband of your trousers, making sure that your belt is snug to help keep the shirt in place.
Athletic Fit Shirts
So now you know how to make your current dress shirt fit you better, but if you want to turn it up a notch and buy a new shirt that will fit your athletic build perfectly, look no further than Tapered Menswear.
Our dress shirts are made with the athletic, cross-fitter body in mind thanks to our clever V-Tape cut which gives you a 10 inch drop from the chest to the waist. This means that you’ll never have that annoying pool of excess material hanging around your waist again.
The narrowing of the fabric at the waist gives you the ultimate shape for maximum effect. All of our dress shirts also have enhanced darts in the back (just like you’d pay the tailor for) to get rid of any excess material that will billow up causing a ‘parachute’ effect, when tucked into your trousers.
Not only that but you also get absolute comfort in your shirt. All of our shirts are crafted using stretch cotton to mould to your body, without any of the discomfort that comes from harder fibres. The entire look of a Tapered Menswear shirt is slick and confident. Ready to start your Tapered journey?
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