The Difference between Slim Fit & Tailored Fit Shirts – What to Know

Over the years, all types of fittings have popped up as an attempt by tailors to fit the different sense of fashion of the customers. Unfortunately, with so many fittings to choose from, one might barely know any difference between them. For example, do you know the difference between a slim fit shirt and a tailored fit shirt? In fact, the difference between those two fittings is minimal at best.


Slim Fit

As the name implies, a slim fit shirt fits as close to your body as possible. This is done by tapering the waist-area of the outfit.


While this might be a comfortable fit for many out there, those that are a little muscular will find a slim fit shirt to be a bit too tight for their size and body shape. It hinders their movement, with every stretch of the arm compressing the shirt tighter on the body.


One real problem with slim fit shirts, however, is the fact that most of them do not incorporate a stretchable fabric. This means that if you purchase a slim fit shirt for yourself, it might either fit you perfectly, be too tight, or too baggy.


Who should be wearing a slim fit shirt? Well, those who are slim, of course. For the unfortunate few that have a big muscular build or aren't considered slim will find a hard time getting comfortable in one of these. However, even for those whose body shape matches the slim fit shirts perfectly, some tailoring might still be needed to get the outfit to fit just right.


Tailored Fit

While like a slim fit shirt, a tailored fit shirt is much gentler when it comes to tapering to the wearer's body. Tailored fit shirts are meant to help give the same experience as if you went to the tailor to size the shirt perfectly.


While the name tailored fit might sound like they are custom made to fit, know that they're just like slim fits because they are mass-produced. As you may or may not be aware, shirts that are mass-produced will not fit every single person wearing it. While they fit slightly differently compared to a slim fit, they still aren't the best fitting for people with athletic builds.


The most significant difference then, between a slim fit and a tailored fit is the fit at the arms, waist, and chest. Unfortunately, the difference isn't too noticeable.


Wrapping up


The terms "slim fit" and "tailored fit" aren't exactly the most differentiable. Due to the minimal difference between the two fittings, many brands in the market use the terms interchangeably. That said, if you're looking for a better fit between the two options, opt for a tailored fit shirt instead. In doing so, not only will you wear it better, but you will also avoid the bagginess that comes with some slim fit shirts.


On the other hand, if you genuinely want a shirt that fits you perfectly, bring it to a tailor and have it sized up. Only this way can you honestly say that you're wearing a shirt that suits you.


If you’re looking for a bespoke tailor in Bangkok to make you high-quality tailored shirts, get in touch with us to see how we can help.

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