A lot of injustices are done to good quality men’s dress shirts. This is so because many a times they are worn ill fittingly. The way to have well-fitting men’s dress shirts, look out for the following:
Size on this part of the men’s dress shirts is between 14” and 18” and is measured from button hole to button hole. The catch is to have two fingers fit in between the collar and neck and any space more than this is loose. You can have a larger or smaller size only if you neither wear ties nor use the top button.
Good men’s dress shirts have to fit comfortably on the chest, across the upper back and under the arm pits at the same time giving you ample space for motion. They should fit snuggly. It only becomes too tight when the buttons are pulling while you are standing with your arms down.
The length of a good men’s dress shirt should be long enough for comfort when tucked under the pants or when worn untacked. When untacked, the shirts tail should reach just a little below the back pockets of the pants. When worn tucked, try raising your hands up high to see if the tail comes out of the pant. If it comes out then the shirt is too short.
Fitted men’s dress shirts feature a high armhole that allows a tapered sleeve that is without any extra fabric but follows the shape of the arm. The cuff, when buttoned, should reach just under the thumb.
The way a dress shirt fits the chest, shoulder and arm pits is largely dictated by the armhole. There shouldn’t be any fabric hanging under the arm but it should give a tapered feel under the arm and allow ample room for motion.
Men’s dress shirts should have no excess fabric. This means that the shirt should tapper towards the waist and follow the body profile. A clean line should be created between the shirt and the pants when the shirt is tucked in.
Mass produced shirts tend to have the seam where the sleeve attaches the body of the shirt cut too large. This is so done to fit many sizes. A fitted shirt however should have this seam just close to the top of the shoulders and not sliding down the arm.
With these elements, a dress shirt will look awesome and go a long way to make you comfortable and confident with a complete look.