Muscle Fit vs Slim Fit Shirts – What’s the Difference?

Long gone are the days when men only had one fitting option for dress shirts. The reality is that men appreciate different fits to their shirts. Having more options leads to a greater choice for styles. Yet, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the range of options for shirts. Here is an explanation of the difference between two similar (but very different) fitting options – muscle fit vs slim fit.

Slim Fit Shirts

A slim fit shirt is exactly what it says it is – slim fitting. They’re designed to fit close to the body, usually by tapering the cut through the midsection and waist. However, this also results in there being very little room in the upper body, something that will come as a hindrance to those with a more muscular build.

A slim fit shirt is also more tailored (fitted) around the arms than standard fitting shirts, but can surprisingly be very baggy around the waist. One of the most notable issues with a slim fit shirt is the fact that there’s usually no stretch to the material, so they’re either going to be very tight or too baggy; there’s unfortunately no middle ground. In short, slim fitting shirts are ideal for those who are just that – slim – but they’re definitely not the best choice for those with a more athletic build.

The problem with slim fit is that if the wearer wants to look their best, the shirts will probably still require tailoring. Slim fit shirts offer a greater allowance around the arms, chest, and waist than a tailored fit shirt. They are designed to cater to a wider market than tailored fit shirts, which are ultimately targeted at a more niche audience.

 

Extra Slim Fit
(Leading Brand) 
Slim fit vs muscle fit shirt - slim fit poorly fitted in waist

Tapered Fit 

   

Slim fit vs muscle fit shirt - tapered fit. Shirt fitting as it should


   

Muscle/Athletic Fit Shirts

Muscle fit shirts have soared in popularity over recent years, unsurprisingly in relation to the increase in fitness, and are now found in most major retailers. What is a muscle fit shirt? A muscle fit shirt is still cut quite close to the body, but the material is designed with a slight bit of stretch to it, which results in more freedom of movement. This results in slightly more room for the upper body, but will often be a very tight fit on most athletic builds.

However, a muscle fit shirt is cut exactly the same in the arms as a slim fit shirt, which means there’s generally not enough comfort where it matters. After all, most athletic builds have large arms, and these can often be difficult to accommodate in any kind of close fitting shirt. The other drawback of muscle fit shirts is that they’re still very 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.


TAPERED™ Fit Shirts

So now we know the difference with muscle 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? Check out our best seller here.

Our TAPERED™ fit has been developed by leading Tailors and industry experts to provide you with a revolutionary fit, you won’t ever need to take your shirt to a tailor again or give lots of different measurements. Perfect for those seeking a muscular fit, or bespoke tailoring - ready to wear!

Fully fitted in chest and shoulders whilst tapering sharply down, giving  tailored look. No more bagginess in the waist.


Feel the cotton stretch across your back. Four way stretch giving you comfort and control in your lats.  

 

 

Finely fitted in the arms and shoulders. Ultra stretch providing comfort and freedom of movement.

Muscle fit shirt fitting bicep

 

Perfect for the office. 

With our non obtrusive logo stitched subtly on the wrist makes our TAPERED™ Fit Shirt ideal for formal occasions.

 

 

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