What Does Tapered Mean? – This is Our Story

What Does Tapered Mean? – This is Our Story

Definition of Taper

tapered; diminish or reduce in thickness towards one end. 

What Is Tapered?


Becoming gradually thinner, narrower or smaller towards on end. 

My tapered shirt has a wider top and a narrower waist. 


to make gradually smaller toward one end.

to reduce gradually or (taper off synonym). 

I need to take my shirt to a tailor to taper the waist to make it fit properly.

What Is A Tapered Shape?


These are the general terms to how we define tapered. We have applied this exact definition to our ethos.

But where did this start? Particularly for fashion. Historical use of the word tapered originated from Tapered Candles due to the shape narrowing at one end.

Tapered meaning by Tapered Menswear

What Does Tapered Mean In Clothing?

In regards to clothes, we are well aware that the term tapered was particularly coined for the shape of jeans. Wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.

what does tapered mean in jeans?


Describing Slim fit as being tapered slightly down the torso. If you read our previous blog you realise that we had a problem with the slim fit shirts  available to us.

Tapered Waist

We realised that these weren’t Tapered enough, what we wanted was to create the most tapered shirt we could to achieve a perfect fit. We knew our shirts had to be cut closer to the waist, taper closer down the body, closer than anyone else.

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What does Tapered Mean? Tapered Fit Shirt

To achieve this we had to see what we were up against. So we bought every shirt we could get our hands on, you name it – we bought it.
We looked at every measurement and compared them all.
From this we created our own measurement. Tested to perfection over 6 months on hundreds of kind volunteers from the slim to the bodybuilder until we got it right. As a result, TAPERED was born
Tapered meaning showing our tapered fit shirt in navy
We are not only creating a product but we are creating a concept. Over the years we have seen the shirt evolve from the regular fit, to the slim fit, to the extra slim fit. Now, to the Tapered fit.

What Does Tapered Sleeve Mean?

If you look back to the definition of tapered - It's wider at one end and narrow at the other.
If you consider a sleeve, for it to be tapered its going to be wider around the top of the shoulder and armpit, while gradually narrowing towards the cuff of the sleeve so its tighter around the wrist.


What does Tapered mean? Tapered Menswear

Much as the skinny fit. 15 years ago the Skinny fit didn’t exist. They were then introduced to the high street retailers in 2005. Skinny jeans are now one of the most popular cuts.

What is a Tapered Fit Shirt?

A tapered fit shirt starts with a fitted look in the chest and shoulders while tapering sharply down the waist. Our own Tapered Fit Shirt has a unique fit thats specifically designed for guys with a V-Taper body.

Imagine a shirt that fits your build without being too tight at the shoulders or too loose at the waist. Imagine not struggling each time you shop for your muscular physique.
Imagine being able to spend more time at the gym and less time (and money) at the tailors. Designed for athletes and bodybuilders looking for a muscle fit shirt.

Tapered meaning showing the white tapered fit shirt by tapered menswear

In 2017 we did just that and re-imagined the traditional dress shirt to bring you our exclusive TAPERED fit shirts.
Our need to help you find a perfectly fitted shirt was born out of our own struggles. Like you, we struggled to find physique-enhancing, proportional dress shirts that are ready to perform and ready to wear.
We don’t compromise on quality or style either which is why our TAPERED fit shirts are crafted from the finest stretch cotton materials. With a subtle logo on the wrist and details on the buttons, our shirts are elegant, sophisticated and the result of extreme attention to detail. 

tapered fit in henley and polos showing what tapered means

I have put my heart and soul into creating what you know to be the TAPERED brand today. Nothing is more important to me than providing you with the perfect product.

I not only want to help you showcase your hard-earned body but it’s also important to us that you can enjoy the confidence of having the perfect TAPERED fit.  

Like many of our customers, I worked office jobs and for years faced the frustration of ill-fitting shirts that needed to be tucked in from the sides and back each time I stood up from the desk.

While the traditional shirts would fit well in the chest and shoulders, it would always bag around the waist. It’s safe to say that it got annoying really fast.  

Tapered Shape

At the end of 2016 I decided to take the leap and worked with a team of designers and industry experts to create our tapered shape and bring you our exclusive TAPERED fit shirt.

With thorough testing and endless rounds of edits, I finally produced a product I deemed perfect for you.  

What does Tapered Mean? This is what Tapered Means. Shop our range of  TAPERED fit shirtsThe best shirts for a muscular build. 
Our Tapered collection also includes muscle fit t-shirts and muscle fit polos.

tapered fit t-shirt and polos showing what tapered means


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.

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.

Tapered Fit Shirts are the true solution to your shirt fitting problem. If you want a shirt that fits your body like it should, check out or best selling shirt here