Regular Fit Vs Slim Fit Shirts - What's the Difference?

Regular Fit Vs Slim Fit Shirts - What's the Difference?

Long gone are the days when men only had one fitting option for dress shirts, although here at Tapered we specialise in muscle fit shirts. The reality is that men appreciate different types of fit. Having more options leads to a greater choice for styles. Yet, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the range of options for shirts. In other blogs we have discussed the difference between muscle fit vs slim fit and tailored fit vs slim fit shirts.

The main difference between regular fit vs slim fit is the how it's cut and fits the body. Regardless of the type of garment, slim fit is cut closer to the body to provide a much more snug to the contours of the body than a regular fit. Regular fit is typically designed for the masses so is typically much looser around the arms, waist, shoulders chest and hips.

But let's do a deep dive on the difference between two similar (but very different) fitting options – regular fit vs slim fit. 

Regular Fit Shirts

Regular fit shirts (also known as classic fit) is the most traditional shirt fit. The cut is designed for the masses and doesn’t take into consideration a mans build. The slender or athletic build won’t find this type of fit suitable. It’s often looser on the body, providing a comfortable, classic look. A regular fit has an emphasis on comfort and function rather than appearance. It typically contains extra material in length, and does not taper down the body from chest to the waist. The problem with this being when tucked in creates extra bunching around the waist.

On the other hand, the excess fabric and generous room in the arm hole provides freedom of movement and comfort. As mens fashion progresses and demand being higher for better fitting clothing, the regular fit gets a bad reputation for looking sloppy and baggy. With the variety in shirt fittings nowadays you can understand why this is the case.


regular fit vs slim fit 

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What is a Slim Fit Shirt?

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) vs. TAPERED™ Fit


Modern Fit Shirts - What is a Modern Fit Shirt?

A modern fit shirt is more similar to the slim fit shirt. It falls between both. It is cut more trim through the shoulder with a slightly closer fit to the body providing extra room in the chest and arms but not as close to the waist as a slim fit. It is a common conception that measurement wise the modern fit shirt and the slim fit shirt are the same.

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TAPERED™ Fit Shirts

So now we know the difference with regular fit vs slim fit. Finding a shirt that fits your body types can be very difficult. After all, people with a muscular/athletic 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 perfect muscle fit shirt, and be comfortable as well as fashionable? Check out our best seller here. Our Tapered collection also includes muscle fit t-shirts and muscle fit polos.

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

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

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

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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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