Slim Fit Problems - How to Make a Shirt Fit

Don’t you find that off the rack slim fit clothes has no consistency and each measurement is different? Sometimes too tight and uncomfortable or others are not fitted enough. This is a problem when buying a shirt and looking at how to make a shirt fit.
So when I buy a shirt I approach with caution. In this post I am going to highlight some issues with how shirt fit and how to make a shirt fit to look our absolute best.


No more of this.....

As many of you I’m a regular shirt wearer, I always wear an extra slim fit shirt and tie to the office. The labels say “extra slim fit” or “super slim fit”. But are they?
Due to my broader shoulder’s I find that the shirts don’t fit my waist properly. The design of slim fit shirts are fit closer to the body, tapering down from chest to waist. While the chest to waist size rises proportionately, this is where the issue lies. The chest sits right, but the fabric pooling around my waist. These are the only shirts available to us off the rack, so I decided to do some research.
After hours spent on YouTube and menswear blogs trying to find ways on how to make a shirt fit properly. Here are a few fixes found:

Tucking in techniques

  There is some great advice out there on how you can tuck your shirt in. Checkout GQs instructional video here.  


  • Get it right and you have yourself a more tapered look
  • Takes a lot of practice.
  • Works until you stand up or raise your arms up. Then all you are getting is a muffin top.

Using a Tailor

  • A tailor will dart your shirt in at the waist to give you a perfect fit
  • Costly, you have to not only pay for the shirt but pay for the tailoring services
  • Time consuming – having to go to the tailor, get measured, wait for the alterations.

Trying a smaller size


  • May give you a more fitted look around the chest and shoulders
  • The shoulder seam will be tighter around the armpit, this will sacrifice comfort in the arms.
  • It’s hard to find the sweet spot between fitted and tight. The last thing you want in your shirt is buttons bursting around the chest and stomach.


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