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.
Extra Slim Fit (Leading Brand)
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.
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.
Ultimately, the main reason to look for a tailored fit shirt is for the fit. Fit is paramount. You want to avoid that frustating extra baginess in the waist that often comes with off the rack shirts…
TAPERED™ Fit Shirts
So now we know the difference with tailored fit vs slim fit. Finding a shirt that fits your body as it should can be very difficult. 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. Ditch the baggy shirts and wear shirts that look and feel like a bespoke piece!