Style Tip Of The Week: The Right Smart Shirt For Your Build

Smart shirt fashion style

The secret to looking sharp is wearing clothing that fits you well. Personal stylist, Tracy Gold, gives us tips on what to look for in our key wardrobe items.

The dress shirt has become a very important part of a man’s wardrobe, especially since jackets are seldom a professional dress requirement these days.

The right fit and style of a shirt can make a big difference to your build. All shirts are not equal. The fit, print and colour are all aspects to consider. Here are my tips to finding your perfect shirt style according to your build.

  • Tailored is always better, no matter your build. This doesn’t mean tight, only that it fits your build well. Baggy shirts, even when worn tucked in can make you lose shape.
  • Narrowed sleeves give you a slim line look, no matter your build.
  • If you have a slim build, wear slim fit shirts to emphasise your physique. Don’t be afraid to play around with style, colour and texture.
  • If you have very broad shoulders, make sure that your shirts fit well in your shoulders and narrow at the waist and hips. Resist the temptation to go for a larger size that fits your shoulders but is baggy in the body, just to get the shoulder size right. Rather shop around for a fit that offers more shoulder width or consider having your shirts tailored accordingly.
  • If you have a wide mid-section, make use of colour, print, vertical stripes or texture to deceive the eye. It’s very important that your shirt narrows at your waist but are not too tight. A baggy shirt, even if it’s tucked in, is going to make your mid-section look bigger than it is.
  • If you have short arms, it’s really important that your shirtsleeves are the right length. Have them shorted if need be. Sleeves that are too long will make your arms look shorter than they are.

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  1. jhb_boet

    June 2, 2015 at 15:44

    How do you shorten a shirt? I know tailors do it but how?

  2. jhb_boet

    June 2, 2015 at 15:45

    How do you hide a boep?

    • Mossel

      June 3, 2015 at 07:21

      Just hold your breath! xD

      • james

        June 3, 2015 at 09:16


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