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.

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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. 

What Is Regular Fit?

Regular Fit Shirts

Regular fit shirts is one of 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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Is Regular Fit Baggy?

Regular fit shirts tend to be baggy. If you have an oval body shape or a wider midsection then a regular fit shirt is the choice to go for.

It's not particularly fitted in any area so you will find that a regular fit shirt is baggy in the chest, shoulders, arms and waist.

What is The Difference Between Classic Fit and Regular Fit Shirts?

The distinction between classic fit and regular fit shirts is found in the variations in their cuts, which cater to different preferences in men's dress shirts.

In classic fit shirts, a more generous cut is featured, allowing extra room in the chest, waist, and sleeves for a comfortable, relaxed fit. Those who favour extra room and a slightly looser fit may find this style suitable.

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Conversely, regular fit shirts are designed with a more tailored silhouette, featuring slightly tapered sides and a more fitted waist. A balance between comfort and style is offered by these shirts, resulting in their popularity for everyday wear.

A professional and polished appearance is provided by both styles, despite the differences in their cuts. Bear in mind a regular fit shirt is still pretty baggy but just a tighter cut than classic fit shirts.

how shirts should fit, white fitted shirt by Tapered Menswear

How shirts should fit, White Fitted Shirt by Tapered Menswear

What is Standard Fit Shirt?

A standard fit shirt is exactly the same as a regular fit shirt. It is the most traditional shirt fit. The cut is designed for the masses and doesn’t take into consideration a mans build. 

What's the Difference Between Regular fit and Standard Fit?

As mentioned previously there isn't a difference between regular fit and standard fit. These two are used interchangeably and relate to anything from t-shirts to dress shirts.

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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.

slim fit shirt by Tapered Menswear compared to regular fitHow shirts should fit, Navy Fitted Shirt by Tapered Menswear

How Do Slim Fit Shirts Fit?

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.

Is slim fit meant to be tight?

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.

Who should wear slim fit?

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 or someone who has a larger midriff. 

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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.

How shirts should fit, Navy Fitted Shirt by Tapered Menswear 

What is The Difference Between Slim Fit and Regular Fit Shirts?

Slim fit shirts have a narrower cut, contouring the body, with a more tapered waist and sleeves for a fitted appearance.

Regular fit shirts offer a more relaxed, classic cut with a comfortable fit around the chest and waist, providing extra room for ease of movement.

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Are Slim Fit Shirts Tight?

Slim fit shirts are not tight to the body like a skinny fit. They are as they say - slim. In comparison to a regular fit shirt they are tighter but not tight to the body.

If you are someone who is slim or you have a slightly bigger stomach you can still opt for a slim fit shirt as they aren't particularly tight around the torso.

If you want a tight fitting shirt you can opt for our very own tapered fit. 

How Tight Should a Slim Fit Shirt Be?

As will all types of fit. You should be able to pinch at least 1-2 inches of fabric in each area of the shirt. If you cannot pinch at least 1 inch of fabric in the chest, shoulders, waist or arms then the slim fit shirt is too tight.

regular fit vs slim fit infographic

Are Slim Fit Shirts Shorter?

Although both fits differ in fit the length remains the same. All dress shirts typically keep the same length and this doesn't change whether it's slim, regular, muscle or tailored.

Some brands do offer shorter or longer lengths but this isn't determined by the fit itself. If you needed to make a shirt shorter you can take it to a tailor.

What Size Slim Fit Shirt Should I Get?

Typically slim fit shirts are true to size. You can choose the slim fit shirt by either your chest size or collar size depending on the brand you choose. Although slim fit shirts are cut closer to the body they will still be the same size as a regular fit.

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Just make sure you check the size chart in full as the sleeve length or collar sizes may vary from size to size. Here at Tapered our shirts are uniquely cut and you can choose your size by chest measurement here.

Do Slim Fit Shirts Run Small

As mentioned above slim fit shirts are cut closer to the body than regular fit shirts, however that doesn't mean you necessarily need to size up.

Slim fit shirts are true to size and more often than not a regular fit shirt has a lot more room in the chest shoulders and torso. Meaning slim fit shirts don't run small and you can choose your normal size.

Is Slim Fit Smaller Than Regular Fit?

Slim fit shirts are not necessarily smaller than regular fit, but they have a closer fit to the body. Making them ideal for those who want a shirt that is more fitted and doesnt sag around the chest, waist and arms.

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Should You Size Up in Slim Fit?

You should only size up in a slim fit if you have a larger midsection. Slim fits arent particularly tight around the waist but if you have a large abdomen/stomach then this will be too tight and you are better to opt for a regular fit shirt.

For the rest of the body, a slim fit shirt will fit well so you do not need to size up for any other reason other than the midsection or waist area.



How Do I Know If I'm Slim Fit?

A slim fit is designed for someone who is more of a slender body shape and doesn't want to wear a baggy shirt. It's completely down to preference and slim fit often differs among different brands.

Make sure you try a few to see if you're comfortable with it. Ultimately its not tight so the differences will be marginal.

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Should I Wear Slim Fit or Regular Fit?

Ultimately, the biggest difference between slim fit and regular fit is the allowance around the key areas: the arms, the waist, and the chest. 

Slim fit is typically more closely fitted than regular fit. If you prefer a looser fit in your dress shirts then stick with regular fit. But if you like something cut closer to the body, choose a slim fit.

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.

What is a Super Slim Fit Shirt?

A super slim fit shirt sometimes referred to as an extra slim fit is as it suggests cut even closer to the body than a normal slim fit. Specifically in the arm pit area and waist which creates a more fitted silhouette down the torso.

Typically the chest, shoulders and arms remain the same for this type of fit so if you are someone that has a slimmer waist or find that slim fit shirts just don't do the trick around the torso then you can opt for a super slim fit.

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What is The Difference Between Regular Fit and Slim Fit Jeans

Regular fit and slim fit jeans are designed to cater to different body types and personal preferences in style. Regular fit jeans, often referred to as classic or straight fit, provide a more relaxed and comfortable feel.

They are characterised by a wider leg opening and a looser fit throughout the seat and thighs. In contrast, slim fit jeans offer a more contemporary and streamlined appearance.

These jeans are designed with a narrower leg opening and a snug fit that gently tapers from the hip to the ankle.

Constructed to enhance the wearer's silhouette, slim fit jeans are favored by those seeking a more fashionable and form-fitting look. On the other hand, regular fit jeans are chosen by individuals who prioritize comfort and a timeless style.

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To accommodate various preferences, both fits can be found in an array of colors and washes. Ultimately, the choice between regular and slim fit jeans depends on personal taste and desired comfort level.

What Fit Shirt Should I Wear?

The fit of your shirt is depending on your body shape. By now you should understand the difference between the different fits of shirts.

If you have a larger midsection choose regular fit for slim guys, choose a slim fit or tapered fit and for muscular or athletic guys choose tapered fit.

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 in comparison to slim fit.

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 denim shirtsmuscle fit t-shirts and muscle fit polos.


Our revolutionary cut provides a 10" drop from chest to waist.
Fully fitted in chest and shoulders whilst tapering sharply down, giving a tailored look. No more bagginess in the waist.



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Enhanced Darts

Expertly tailored darts at the back, for the perfect fit.


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Stretch Cotton

Super soft, breathable and allows complete 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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