In recent years it’s become more common for men’s fashion retailers to offer a variety of fittings for dress shirts. The problem is, however, knowing the difference between them, and it can be hard finding the right fit. We have previously referred to the difference between muscle fit vs slim fit. Here is a quick guide to the main differences between tailored fit vs slim fit so you can find the best fitting dress shirts for your body.

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.

Tailored fit shirts

A tailored fit shirt is generally the same as a slim fit, and is still designed to offer a flattering fit for the wearer by gentling tapering towards the waist. They also fit slightly differently around the arms and chest, although the difference will vary between brands. Essentially, tailored fit shirts are meant to emulate the experience of visiting an actual tailor who would size the shirt specifically for you.

slim fit vs tailored fit

The irony of course is that tailored fit shirts are mass-produced, like all other shirts, and so it’s impossible to create a tailored shirt that fits everyone. Tailored fit shirts aren’t particularly specialised in their allowance around the chest, arms, or waist, and so still aren’t suitable for an athletic build. These shirts are often made of 100% cotton, which sacrifices a degree of comfort.

 

Ultimately, the biggest difference between slim fit and tailored fit is the allowance around the key areas: the arms, the waist, and the chest. If a brand sells both kinds of fit, it’s likely there will be very little difference between the two, and many wearers still can’t find the answer to their problems. Many brands use the terms “slim” and “tailored” interchangeably, so beware of this when you’re in the market for a new shirt.

 

For an athletic or muscular guy both of these options aren’t particularly suitable and don’t offer the fit and comfort worthy of your hard earned physique.

TAPERED™ Fit Shirts

So now we know the difference with tailored 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. So why not show off all that hard work in the gym with a TAPERED™ fit shirt, and be comfortable as well as fashionable?

Fully fitted in chest and shoulders whilst tapering sharply down, giving  tailored look. No More Bagginess. 
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.
White Tapered Fit Shirt Stretch

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. But, this also results in there being 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 more tailored (fitted) around the arms than a standard fitting shirt, but can be 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.

Slim Fit Vs Muscle Fit
Extra Slim Fit (Leading Brand)

Slim Fit Vs Muscle Fit
Tapered Fit

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. 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. So why not show off all that hard work in the gym with a TAPERED™ fit shirt, and be comfortable as well as fashionable?

Fully fitted in chest and shoulders whilst tapering sharply down, giving  tailored look. No More Bagginess. 
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.
White Tapered Fit Shirt Stretch

The Problem – normal shirts

One of the problems about being muscular is finding functional clothes that fit well. Standard shirts use stretch-less fabrics, designed for “standard” body shapes. This means they don’t really fit anyone anywhere, and reduce most people to a shapeless lump. Does this have to be the case for muscular men? Not any more!

Stretch Shirts by Tapered

The Solution – stretch shirts

We are proud to introduce our Tapered stretch shirts. Designed for men with a more muscular build. Why wear clothes that don’t allow you to show off all that effort you’ve put in to maintaining a good physique? With a close cut fabric you expect to sacrifice comfort for the sake of a fitted shirt. This no longer needs to be the case. Formal wear doesn’t need to be synonymous with discomfort.
 
Shirt fabrics have changed a great deal in recent years. 100% cotton shirts are still the favourite for most retailers. The material gives good breathability, and is durable, but has very little stretch. It’s also common for manufacturers to combine artificial blends, such as polyester. This allows for more budget options to be produced. Polyester blends are generally less soft and aren’t breathable. Both of which are useful features for muscular gent.

My shirt looks good, why does it need to stretch?

Another key feature needed by muscular men is functionality. After all, you need to be comfortable while dressed formally, and still be able to move around. Classic materials such as cotton, have very little stretch in them. This makes it difficult to move around in fitted shirts. But, our stretch shirts combine function with class. spandex is a popular material in sportswear and have started to make their way into formal wear too.
 
Our stretch shirts use a high spandex blend. This combined with cotton gives you the benefit of exceptional stretch, but with all the breathability and comfort of cotton. We’re seeing more retailers add a small amount of spandex to their formal lines, but not enough for guys who need it. Although muscular men will find plenty of benefit in our stretch shirts, they can be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. A fitted shirt can do wonders for almost any body shape. The benefit of stretchy shirts is that they have plenty of give. We’re sure that everyone will love the fit and comfort of our stretch shirts.
 
Tapered’s stretch shirts provides comfort combined with a fitted shape. They’re comfy enough to spend all day in – whether at the office, a work event, or an evening out. So if you’re looking for a functional dress shirt providing all day comfort, then look no further.

Get me some Stretch Shirts!

When a man looks to sharpen up his wardrobe, a dress shirt is fundamental. It plays a vital role in the look of an outfit but how you pair it matters most.
 
We often preach the importance of the fit of the shirt. But with a classy, Tapered dress shirt, it’s always a consideration of formality. A Tapered dress shirt with its tailored fit shape complements a smart look. A Tapered dress shirt with jeans is flattering and effortless with the timeless colours available.
 
There are many ways to style up the Tapered shirt. Here are a few ideas that you can customize your Tapered Dress shirt in the following ways:

Formal

There’s always that time of the year where you get bombarded with events and parties. And you always end up getting confused on how to dress for it. Whether it’s a wedding or dinner party, you always have doubts on your wardrobe. The Tapered dress shirt has the subtle logo on the wrist. Meaning you can focus more on showing off your physique. As a result, you can always amp your Tapered dress shirts with a formal tie that contrasts the color of your shirt. Due to our Tapered fit we always recommend pairing a slim width tie. A pair of formal dress trousers and a shiny pair of formal shoes will add class to your outfit.

White Combos

White is the plainest colour of all and should be a staple in a mans wardrobe. But pairing it up with other colors can make your outfit look both sophisticated and stylish. With the White Tapered shirt it is like a blank canvas and helps create a whole variety of looks. The white shirt tucked in to black or navy trousers can create a smart look.

White Tapered Shirt

In contrast, you could consider ripped jeans if you don’t want to look to dressed up for your night out.

White Tapered Dress Shirt

Black Combos

Black dress shirts have their own way of making you look slick and elegant. To give yourself a laid-back look, pair your black Tapered dress shirt with dark blue denim jeans. Likewise, you can create a sleek all black look by keeping the colour scheme uniform and simple.

Tapered Dress Shirt Black

Different Colour Combos

This is where you ditch the tie. A blue Tapered dress shirt, if paired with black jeans, will give a striking contrast. For formal occasions, tuck your blue shirt into a pair of grey, cropped trousers. This will bring out the Navy.
 
Our absolute favourite is Olive. We recommend wearing with dark jeans. This wont take any focus away from the vibrant colour and will start to turn heads.
 
Above all, fit is paramount. You can’t look stylish with a poor fitting Tapered Dress Shirt. See our size guide to make sure you are looking top of your game!
 
Finally, now that you know how to style your dress shirts, don’t hesitate to try all the styles for different events. Shop all your favorite Tapered shirts here. Style it up your way and look your best in any event.

Which is it going to be?