When you are taller than the stated ‘average’ height that dress shirts seem to be designed for, finding the right fitting dress shirts can seem like an impossible challenge. What you need, are shirts tailored particularly for tall guys, along with a few trade secrets to get the most out of them.
Basics of the Right Fit
The instant idea is to go bigger, assuming that this will also mean longer but a plus size shirt will likely leave too much excess material hanging around. And it may not be any longer on the body than a normal size shirt. When shopping online,
first search for shirts that are tall with a slim or even extra slim fitting. These are shirts designed for guys who are taller than average but not of a plus size as well.
The length of the shirt is also crucial – there is nothing worse than a shirt that is too short and pops out of your trousers when you reach for something or when you sit down. To ensure you have an idea of your desired length, get someone to measure from the rear of your collar down to a point just under the back pocket of your trousers. This is the perfect length for a shirt that will stay put in the trousers.
Details on the right fitting dress shirt
You may already know the size of your collar but if you don’t, a measuring tape around the neck will do fine. Remember to leave a finger or two width between neck and the tape so you don’t end up with a shirt that chokes you. Once you know your neck size, get a quick measurement of the length of your sleeve from the top of your shoulder to your wrist.
Many shirts will list a range of dimensions to help you find the right fit shirt. For example, tall shirts are typically 35-36 inches
in the sleeve and have a collar starting from 15-16 inches for ‘skinny’ versions up to 17-17.75 inches for ‘broad’.
You often need a chest measurement as well, to judge what category fits you. To measure your chest, wrap the tape measure under your armpits and around the fullest part of your chest – make sure the fit is tight, but not too tight or you
won’t be able to breathe in the dress shirt!
Finding the right dress shirt
So you are now armed with the length of the shirt you need, the collar size, the sleeve length and the chest measurement.
You may not need all of these to get the perfect fit shirt but the more information you have, the better. Taking these measurements is the best way to find the right fitting dress shirt, as opposed to just buying the size you did the last time.