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.
This is a 3 part article so we’ll go through the most important part.
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.
The Polo - T
Casual button shirt
There are 4 main areas to fit for t-shirts.
You want it to fit not too snug around your neck.
Be it a V or a crew neck. Make sure its not crumpled!
It should not flare out as this is a sign of poor quality t-shirts.
Also, it should end right middle of your biceps.
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?)
The shirt should cover your belt area and ends right above your front pocket. That is the sweet spot.
Examples of Bad Fitting
Polo t-shirts fit similarly to the regular t-shirt.
Your collar should have a bit of structure.
You do not want it to lay too flat or too wide out.
Make sure it does not flare out.
It should end at the middle of your biceps
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
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
Casual Button Up Shirt
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.
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.
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!
The shoulder seam should fall on the edge of your shoulder bone not the edge of your shoulder muscle.
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.
Similar to your t-shirts and polo t, make sure your shirt covers your belt and ends above your pockets.
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