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Tapered Dress Shirt

When a man looks to sharpen up his wardrobe, a dress shirt is fundamental. It plays a vital role in the overall 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. Nonetheless, a Tapered dress shirt with jeans is both flattering and effortless with the timeless colours available.

There are many ways to style up the Tapered dress shirt. Here are a few ideas that you can easily customize your Tapered Dress shirt in the following ways:


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. With the Tapered dress shirt the subtle logo on the wrist means you can focus more showing off your physique as well as your accessories. 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 really 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 Dress 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 Dress 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. While if you have a more formal occasion, tucking your blue Tapered dress shirt into a light pair of grey cropped trousers will bring out the Navy.

Our absolute favourite is Olive. We highly 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 absolutely paramount. You can’t look stylish with a poorly fitted 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 dress shirts here. Style it up your way and look your best in any event.

Which is it going to be?

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Black Tapered Fit Shirt

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Navy Tapered Fit Shirt

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Olive Tapered Fit Shirt

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White Tapered Fit Shirt


The Importance of The White Fitted Shirt

There are few more important staples in any man’s wardrobe than the fitted white shirt. Every man should own at least one, and their versatility means they can be worn with almost any outfit. Here at Tapered, we love a white fitted shirt, and so we’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to them, including some style ideas.

Why Is The White Shirt So Important?

White dress shirts are a timeless classic. Granted, the colour can be a bit boring for many people, but they’re perfect as a backdrop against which to build your outfit. A white fitted shirt (providing it’s cared for properly) looks clean, crisp, and can sharpen any outfit. They’re perfect for both formal and smart casual looks, and look great with either a suit or jeans. They’re a perfect go-to if you’re ever stuck for something to wear.

White Fitted Shirt Tapered

A white shirt looks great with any suit, but is particularly effective with a darker colour, such as black, charcoal grey, or navy. Although they can be worn with lighter coloured suits, you run the risk of washing yourself out with too much lightness. Considering a white fitted shirt essentially acts as a blank canvas, the best way to make an outfit really pop is with an interesting tie. Always make sure it compliments the suit, whether this is complimentary or contrasting colours and patterns, but a white shirt gives you much more freedom with what you choose.

Tapered White Fitted Shirt suit

A fitted shirt is designed to give a tailored look, so regardless of whether you’re building a smart or casual outfit, make sure you continue the fitted aesthetic with your trousers. It’s really easy to find skinny-fit suits, and you have much more choice with casual chinos and jeans. Wearing straight-leg trousers with a white fitted shirt is an odd mix, and will really throw your outfit off balance.

How to style a white fitted shirt

We have covered this in more detail in one of our other blogs. But, your options are basically endless, here are some of our favourite ways to style a white dress shirt:

Simply pairing a white shirt with dark suit trousers and a nice pair of loafers makes a great smart-casual outfit, perfect for dinner or a night out. Don’t bother tucking the shirt in; that’ll be too smart for this outfit.

Make it work with a suit. The colour is up to you, but navy and dark grey work best. If your suit is plain, choose a patterned tie (paisley, checked and polka-dot work best) to make the outfit come together.

White shirts are a favourite of many a wardrobe because of their timeless look and versatility. They’re perfect for bringing almost any look together, and are worth having as a staple piece. So if you don’t own one, buy one now!

Showcase Your V Taper

It takes years to sculpt the body of your dreams. There is always the constant drive and determination to strive for better. Constantly changing your diet and programme in a bid to make a better you. After months of work you find yourself upgrading your wardrobe to flatter your hard earned V taper. There is nothing worse than spending all that time in the gym and not being able to show people what you have achieved. As the fitness industry grows the market is promoting their “muscle fit” range for casual clothes.  But what about formal wear? Sure they have the slim fit, or even more so the extra slim fit. But is this really suitable for a muscular physique? It is a difficult problem to address as everyone comes in all shapes and sizes. That’s why very few cater for this.

The industry known rule of thumb is to make sure it fits in the chest and shoulders. But what about how it fits for the rest of the body? Why should we settle for it just fitting our chest and shoulders? We have spent hours looking as aesthetic as possible we want to show it off. Especially that head turning V taper shape we all strive for.

Who else better to showcase our tips than the Harrison Twins.

Fit Is King

V Taper shirt

Why hide you hard work? Make sure it fits in all areas. Not just the areas that the mass designed off the rack clothing is suited for. We all love to dress perfectly for the occasion and also desire to receive compliments for the way we look. It is usually not easy to buy clothes that will suit your body shape perfectly. Especially with broad shoulders and a narrow waist. Therefore, you should always aim to find clothing that highlights your natural shape. If we are talking casual, go muscle fit – these are cut closer to the body and provide stretch for comfort. For Formalwear, we recommend shopping our Tapered fit range. Alternatively, check out our blog on how to make a shirt fit.

Plain Colours

Wear subtle colours. Loud colours take the focus away from the fit of the clothing. You’re here to show off your physique don’t distract from that. If you want to go pattern, go wider. Wider Patterns will give the illusion of a wider physique.

We have all heard of darker colours being slimmer. Wear black to give you the slimmer look. Lighter colours on the other hand will give sight to your body shape a lot more. If you want to look broader and highlight your gains, we advise going light.

Dont forget your lower body

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Don’t take any focus away from your body shape. Baggy trousers will completely distract from your wide shoulders and small waist. Make sure your trousers are slim or tailored to keep the proportion right. Your V Taper should be a silhouette from shoulder all the way down to your ankles.

Find Your Brand

V Taper Shirt with tie

Remember, all clothing brands treat their sizing differently to cater for different demographics. You can end up testing a number of brands until you find a fit that’s right for you (or you end up going to a tailor).

Being fashionable is one of the most important things you can do today. However, the only way to do that is to recognize what you have. You will always look stylish as long as you make the most of what you’ve got

Tapered are here to give you what you deserve. Highlighting your V Taper. Shirts pioneered for your aesthetics. Don’t hide your hard work.

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What Does Tapered Mean -

Well the tapered meaning is:

tapered; diminish or reduce in thickness towards one end. 

This is the general term to what we know as tapered. We have applied this exact definition to our ethos. But where did this start?

Tapered shirts? You mean jeans? Wait, what?

Tapered Fit Jeans

What does tapered mean to jeans? So we all know that the term tapered was particularly coined for jeans because of the way they are shaped – wider at the top and narrower at the bottom as explained by Heddels.

Rather, lets relate to shirts. Slim fit is described as being gently tapered down the torso. If you read our previous blog you probably realise that we had a problem with the slim fit shirts available to us. Because we realised that these weren’t Tapered enough and we asked ourselves well what does tapered mean to them? And what does tapered mean to us? What we wanted was to create the most tapered shirt we could in order to achieve a perfect fit. Consequently, we knew our shirts had to be cut closer to the body, taper closer down the body, closer than anyone else.


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. This was tested to perfection over 6 months on hundreds of kind volunteers until we got it right. As a result, TAPERED was born.

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 mean?

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. Subsequently, skinny jeans are now one of the most popular cuts.

Tapered have created a shirt that fits like bespoke tailoring. If you were to take a shirt to the tailor because it is too loose they reduce the amount of fabric by simply darting in the waist. We have created a shirt where it comes as standard and believe we have started something special. Tapered want you to be part of it.

So What does Tapered mean?

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Olive Tapered Fit Shirt


This is what tapered means.

If you want to see more shirts like this. See our collection.

The Not So Slim Fit

Don’t you find that off the rack slim fit clothes has no consistency and each measurement is different? Sometimes too tight and uncomfortable or others are just not fitted enough. This is a problem when buying a shirt and looking at how to make a shirt fit.

So when I buy a shirt I approach with caution. In this post I am going to highlight some of the issues we have with shirts that fit and how to make a shirt fit to look our absolute best.

No More Loose Fit - This is 2018!

How to make a shirt fit, poorly fitting shirts are no more

As many of you I’m a regular shirt wearer, I always wear an extra slim fit shirt and tie to the office. Sure, I like to accessorise with a tie pin and change my tie combinations, but my shirts are relaxed. The labels say “extra slim fit” or “super slim fit”. But are they?

Due to my broader shoulder’s I find that the shirts just don’t fit my waist properly. Currently, slim fit shirts are designed cut closer to the body, tapering down from chest to waist. But looking at how the off the rack shirts are made; the chest to waist size rises proportionately, this is where the issue lies. The chest sits right, but I have fabric pooling around my waist. These are the only shirts available to us off the rack, so I decided to do some research.

I have spent hours upon hours looking at YouTube videos and menswear blogs to find ways on how to make a shirt fit properly. A few fixes found:

How To Make a Shirt Fit

Tucking in techniques


There is some great advice out there on how you can tuck your shirt in. Checkout GQs instructional video here.



  • Get it right and you have yourself a more tapered look



  • Takes a lot of practice.
  • Works until you stand up or raise your arms up. Then all you are getting is a muffin top.
Tucking In techniques on how to make a shirt fit

Using a Tailor



  • A tailor will dart your shirt in at the waist to give you a perfect fit



  • Costly, you have to not only pay for the shirt but pay for the tailoring services


  • Time consuming – having to go to the tailor, get measured, wait for the item to be returned to you.
How to make a shirt fit, tailor options

Trying a smaller size



  • May give you a more fitted look around the chest and shoulders



  • The shoulder seam will be tighter around the armpit, this will sacrifice comfort in the arms.


  • It’s hard to find the sweet spot between fitted and tight. The last thing you want in your shirt is buttons bursting around the chest and stomach.
How to make a shirt fit

Bear in mind the above are only quick fixes, these aren’t a long term resolution to your problem…..

The TAPERED Solution

Finally, we have solved the problem with off the rack shirts. Whether slim, athletic or muscular, this issue has now been solved with our TAPERED shirts. Designed to sit comfortably on your shoulders and taper sharply down your waist. Crafted with premium stretch material providing you with the ultimate comfort in the arms and shoulders with freedom of movement. The TAPERED shirts reward those who want a fully tailored look.