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How To Get A Perfectly Fitting Dress Shirt

Lloyd Hughes

Perfecting A Dress Shirt.

A man that doesn’t have at least one dress shirt at his dis­pos­al, needs to take a hard look at his wardrobe strat­e­gy. A dress shirt can be worn in many sit­u­a­tions, nev­er fail­ing but rather, help­ing your appear­ance. Make an impres­sion with right pieces in your wardrobe, and you’ll thank your­self.


Johnny Depp wearing white dress shirt

How a dress shirt fits.

The fit is  the most impor­tant aspect of your dress shirt. The first step, and prob­a­bly the most over­looked, is find­ing a dress shirt that fits you prop­er­ly. It’s cru­cial to find a dress shirt that’s com­fort­able, fits prop­er­ly, and flat­ters your appear­ance. And since you’re spend­ing good mon­ey, longevi­ty will def­i­nite­ly depend on get­ting the right size.

Taking measurements.

When brows­ing at a depart­ment store, many are unsure of their mea­sure­ments. Have one of the store clerks assist you with siz­ing. They’re trained to help and can advise you on your neck and sleeve mea­sure­ments. The neck is mea­sured just below the Adam’s apple, but add a 1/2 inch allowance for com­fort. Your sleeve length is mea­sured from the cen­ter back of your neck, over the top of your shoul­der and down to your wrist, while the arm hangs at your side.

For the sake of con­ve­nience, a neck sizes in 14.5″ is a small, 15″ and 15.5″ is a medi­um, and 16″ and 16.5″ is con­sid­ered a large.

Taking measurements for dress shirt
shirt mea­sure­ment

Try on the shirt.

Make sure to try on your dress shirt as all design­ers have dif­fer­ent siz­ing quirks. The neck and the shoul­ders should be checked first. The seam that con­nects the shoul­der to the sleeve should come close or bare­ly over to the end of your shoul­der, allow­ing it to drape well. The shirt shouldn’t stretch across the chest. Also, the sleeves should end slight­ly past the break of the wrist so it can be seen beneath a suit coat.

Find­ing a slim fit­ted shirt is much eas­i­er these days, and has the added advan­tage of stay­ing tucked in, and giv­ing a slim­mer appear­ance. Avoid the bil­lowy look alto­geth­er, as this gives a slop­py appear­ance, los­ing any dig­ni­ty the dress shirt can eas­i­ly pro­vide.


One thing to keep in mind, is if the col­lar and shoul­der is fine but the sleeves are long, you can still get it tai­lored. Taper­ing is an easy mod­i­fi­ca­tion, espe­cial­ly when the shirt puffs out.

Dress shirt white proper fit
slim shirt

Try custom dress shirts.

Try out our online cus­tom dress shirt process. You can use the gen­er­al mea­sure­ments sug­gest­ed above or input exact mea­sure­ments from a well fit­ted dress shirt you already own. Your best bet is to start from scratch with a mea­sur­ing tape.

Whether you choose online or at the store, make sure you find a fit that makes you look your best. If you don’t wear a dress shirt to work, it will still come in handy for var­i­ous engage­ments. Make a good impres­sion with the right fit.

Check out our offer­ing and learn more about cus­tom dress shirts.