April 16, 2014

The collar should just graze your neck without constricting it. If your collar turns when you turn your head, it’s too tight. You should be able to comfortably slide two fingers inside your collar when buttoned.

The shoulder seam should meet at the corner of your shoulder bone.

Assuming you’re not a body builder, sleeves should not be so tight that you can see the details of your arms, but they should also not be so loose as to give you no form whatsoever.

Your cuffs should extend to the point where your palm begins – about 2cm longer than your wrist bone. Cuffs should be a bit looser than a watch, but not slide farther up your wrist than a watch. The test? When you bend your arm, your cuff should not move more than 2-3cm up your arm.

And finally to the always controversial shirt length… You never want your shirt to become untucked from moving, bending, going about your day-to-day. Fold your hands behind your head to check – it should stay tucked in.

If it becomes untucked, the shirt may be too short or the armholes too low. Seek professional help!


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Not sure which collar to choose? Our guide to knowing your necklines will help narrow the field to ensure the best fit for your face.