Visual Guide: Appreciating a Custom Fit
We’ve long touted the made to measure shirt, but we realized that it’s a bit silly to just write about how something fits instead of actually showing. Simply put, words cannot describe the difference. So allow us to put forth some visual evidence.
The above is a Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Slim Fit shirt, size 15.5/33. The model is approximately 5’10″, 160 lbs. If you can’t already tell what’s wrong, allow us to enlighten you. Please keep in mind this is a “Slim”(!) fitting shirt.
- The sleeves are enormous. We could conjure up some combination of a steroid / Arnold / tree stump joke here, and there’d still be room to drive a semi up this guy’s arm.
- This shirt probably has a good 5 inches of extra space in the chest, with undershirt on. Any flattering muscles that may or may not be under that shirt will be forever hidden. Also note the pocket, which is sagging so much it is no longer straight.
- Oh, the waist. The most notorious part of men’s dress shirts. It’s seriously bagging above the belt here, no matter the angle you look at it. The baggy waist is the quickest way to ensure a sloppy look. You can tuck and fold over all you want, but you’ll never fully hide it.
- Note that while not baggy like the Brooks Brothers shirt, the sleeves also aren’t form fitting around the biceps. This is a dress shirt, not Under Armour.
- A clean fit around the chest, with the shirt draping straight down the body. No “hills and valleys” along the torso. Note from the model: “Feels like I’ve been hitting the gym all month – when really I haven’t been in weeks.”
- If we get pants sized to the circumference of our waists, why don’t we do the same for shirts? What a difference it makes.
So there you have it guys and gals. Go on and get yourselves measured!