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, and having more options leads to a greater choice for styles. However, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the range of options for shirts, so 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. 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.
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?