How to get the right fitted shirt

The fit of a shirt matters a great deal due to its centrality in the body and its proximity to the face. Without a jacket on, the fit in the torso is a focal point. A well-fitting shirt will emphasize the positives of your physique without drawing unnecessary attention to any negatives. The shirt will outline the body without telling too many secrets, offering a flattering figure. When a shirt is in the background, such as with a jacket, the collar is of greater importance. In both cases, the shirt serves to draw the eye towards the face. The collar is also crucial because it frames the face. For these reasons, it certainly makes sense to pay attention to the fit of your shirts.

Button–up shirts (formal or casual)

A collar should fit comfortably about your neck without constricting it. Typically, you should be able to fit two fingers into the shirt without it cutting into your neck. Any more and the shirt may be too loose – any fewer, and the collar is likely too tight. The shape of the collar is also important as it frames the face. Pointed collars flatter a round face whereas spread collars fit a narrow face. Tall spread collars suit long necks while short point collars suit short necks. The objective is to have a collar that balances your face. The shirt cuff should end where your palm meets your wrist, which is about an inch beyond your wrist bone. It should be sufficiently tight that it does not move past your palm, but it should still be loose enough that there is no restriction and air moves freely. For Mens Farah Shirts, visit

Shoulder seams should meet the corner of your shoulder bone, which is the point on your shoulder which is the farthest from the centre of your chest. Armholes should be comfortable to move in and they should not be so tight that they cut into the underarm. An easy way to check this is to tuck your shirt into your pants –  if lifting your arms 45 degrees lifts your shirt out of your pants more than an inch or so, your armholes are too low.

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The torso area of the shirt should be slim enough that your shirt does not give any more than 3-4 inches of fabric when you pull the shirt slightly away from your chest or your stomach. However, the shirt should allow ease of motion, avoiding skin-tight shirts which are usually not comfortable or attractive.

When tucking in a shirt, the length should be sufficient such that normal motion will not untuck the shirt. Dress shirts intended to be tucked will have shirt-tails, while more casual shirts made to be untucked have flat or curved bottoms. With an untucked shirt, it should be long enough that normal motion does not reveal your skin or undershirt. Untucked shirts should not be longer than the bottom of your trouser zipper.

When shopping for shirts, always think about the following considerations: slimness, placement and comfort when comparing your options. When it comes to style, the above tips should prevent you from making any serious mistakes.