The Style Pyramid: Find Your Perfect Fit for T-shirt, Polo & Casual Shirt

If you want to be well dressed, you just have to know the style pyramid.

This is the single most important system.

Nail these 3 factors and the rest is just minor details.

  1. Fit

  2. Function

  3. Fabric


This is a 3 part article so we’ll go through the most important part.

The Fit.

FIT

This is by far the most important.

I cannot stress how important the fit is.

Below are a few go to guides on how to find the perfect fit for the popular clothing for social casual/smart setting.

  1. The T-shirt

  2. The Polo - T

  3. Casual button shirt

T-Shirt

There are 4 main areas to fit for t-shirts.

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  1. Neck

    You want it to fit not too snug around your neck.

    Be it a V or a crew neck. Make sure its not crumpled!

  2. Sleeves

    It should not flare out as this is a sign of poor quality t-shirts.

    Also, it should end right middle of your biceps.

  3. Torso and mid section

    It is okay for the chest area to be slightly hugging but your mid section should not.

    There should be 1 to 2 inch of space so no one can see the silhouette of your tummy.
    (perhaps this is for the better?)

  4. Ending

    The shirt should cover your belt area and ends right above your front pocket. That is the sweet spot.

 

Examples of Bad Fitting

 
sleeves are too long and torso is too loose. Leave this kind of shirts to the hipsters.

sleeves are too long and torso is too loose. Leave this kind of shirts to the hipsters.

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Overall great fit but would be better if the sleeves does flare out.

Overall great fit but would be better if the sleeves does flare out.

 

Polo- T-Shirt

Polo t-shirts fit similarly to the regular t-shirt.

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  1. Neck

    Your collar should have a bit of structure.

    You do not want it to lay too flat or too wide out.

  2. Sleeves

    Make sure it does not flare out.

    It should end at the middle of your biceps

  3. Torso/Mid Section

    It should not show the shape of your tummy.

    There should be 1 to 2 inch of space so it drapes nicely around your mid section

  4. Ending

    A common mistake is the polo ending too long as polo are meant to be tucked in.

    So if you’re not tucking it in, make sure it ends right above the pockets and nicely covering your belt.

 

Examples of Bad Fit

 
The neck area is too wide and flat. Sleeves are too long.

The neck area is too wide and flat. Sleeves are too long.

The polo sleeves are too long

The polo sleeves are too long

The polo t-shirt is too long for it to be untucked.

The polo t-shirt is too long for it to be untucked.

 

Casual Button Up Shirt

 
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You already have your tailor for your dress shirts.

But what about your casual button up shirts? The ones you cuffed up and wear with your jeans/chinos or shorts.

These are the few points to nail the perfect fit.

1. Collar

As this is casual wear, you dont need that much structure in the collar.

Ensure the size is proportional to your neck and shoulder build. Be wary of the collar gap too.

You approximately want to be able to fit 3 fingers in around your collar and neck.

2. Sleeves

This might be for dress shirts but it works the same for casual shirt

This might be for dress shirts but it works the same for casual shirt

The sleeves should have about 1.25 inch of extra material.

This allows it to give a more fitted look and also allowing space for natural movement.

Below is a quick guide on how to roll your sleeves.

For a smart casual look, a rolled sleeves are perfect!

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3. Shoulders

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The shoulder seam should fall on the edge of your shoulder bone not the edge of your shoulder muscle.

Torso

The shirt should fit fairly snug to your body.

A simple test would be to pinch the fabric of your shirt.

You should be able to pinch 2 inch.

Any more and its too loose. Any less and its too tight.

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Ending

Similar to your t-shirts and polo t, make sure your shirt covers your belt and ends above your pockets.


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