How Should a Dress Shirt Fit?

One of the most important and necessary staple garment in a man's closet: the dress shirt. Most of us have our favorite dress shirt (or two), but how many actually know the perfect fit for your body type? In this edition of the Tahaanga blog, we will be talking about the specific points to look out for when trying on a dress shirt. 


Find Your Fit

There is more than just one type of dress shirt fit. In addition to the classic fit (which will depend on the men's dress shirt companies), there is the extra slim fit, slim fit, and the regular fit. It is up to the wearer to decide how they want their dress shirt to look on them - modern and tight-fitting; loose and traditional; or somewhere in between? 


The Classic Fit 

The sophisticated fit for CEO and boardroom meetings, the classic dress shirt is the most relaxed fit of all 4. The shirt will have generous room around the chest, with loose armholes and sleeves. 



The Regular Fit

Slightly more fitted than a classic, the regular fit features a relaxed armhole, wide collar, and a comfortable opening at the waist. 

The Slim/Tailored Fit

More clean cut throughout, the slim fit dress shirt is catered to customers who want to explore a more form-fitting dress shirt without feeling restricted. The shirt is narrower through the chest, with a slightly higher armhole; straight sleeves; and tapered towards the waist. 

The Extra-Slim Fit 

The most precise-fitting dress shirt there is, the body-conscious fit will undoubtedly enhance your figure. This is the dress shirt for the fashion-forward and modern gentleman. It fits exact across the chest; has tight armholes; a narrow collar; slim sleeves and a close-fitting opening at the waist. 

For more information on how to properly fit a dress shirt, see this fun video from the Nordstrom Men's Shop on how to find your perfect shirt.