The Anatomy of the Shirt

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we believe that it is essential that your clothes fit you perfectly. This shirt guide from Neat Blog gives tips on how to pick the right dress shirt for your body.

THE YOKES: the entire shirt hangs from here, so if it doesn’t fit right here, you’re in trouble!

THE COLLAR: collar shape should be proportional to the tie you intend to wear and the size of the lapels on your jacket: have a productive discussion about this whilst being measured. to check if it fits, you should be able to a) breathe without your eyes feeling like they are going to pop-out of your head, and b) fit three fingers under your collar at the side of your neck.

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.21.17 PMTHE ARMHOLES: big enough to fit your manly arms: ensure that they’re not too high so as to bunch and create discomfort under your arms.

SLEEVES: it’s cool for exactly one time, but make sure your sleeves don’t rip when you flex. You want the shirt to be tight enough to look good, and loose enough to allow for movement. Ensure that your sleeves are long enough to show at the end of your suit jacket (which means you should probably have the jacket you’ll be wearing when getting fitted), but not so long that your shirt bunches and makes you look like a French revolutionist.

THE FRONT: unless you have a large stomach, the front should be close-fitting and flat. You should be able to breathe and stretch without the risk of your buttons popping-off.

THE BACK: for a slim-fitting shirt, have your shirt made with a centre-pleat or darts (both of which can be adjusted for a looser fit or a slimmer profile. A baggy shirt looks floofy and horrible and makes you look like an upside-down pear.

THE CUFF: generally, the cuff should end four and a half inches from the end of your thumb. Cuff lining can add flair and structure to your cuff. If you wear cuff-links, bring them to your fitting.

TAILS: your shirt should be long enough so as to NEVER pop out of your waistband unintentionally. Take advice from those who know what they’re doing on the appropriate length.

 

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