Sunday, July 31, 2011

Noose or Loose? Fitting the neck of your dress shirts.

Oh, Ryan Reynolds.  How I hate to use you as an example of bad fit.  But really, I don't understand how this happens on the red carpet. These guys have so many professionals dressing them and the funds to buy anything they need, that its baffling to me. The only excuse I can think of is that Ryan is one of those guys who hates to be in a shirt and tie because he feels like he's "choking." (Yes, I've heard this plenty often from clients.) First of all, if your dress shirt fits, it shouldn't feel that way. If you are not used to having something right against your neck, frankly, suck it up. You'll get used to it. But wearing a shirt one size too big is just not the answer. If you really feel constricted spend the $2.95 for a button extender, which has an elastic strap that allows the collar to flex a bit.
Andreas Rentz/Getty/   Ryan Reynolds
See the large space around his neck?  Your dress shirt, if fitted properly, should LOOK close to your neck, but you should be able to slide a finger between the front of your collar and your throat.

If you are getting your shirts custom made (which I highly recommend), your tailor will add about a 1/4" to your actual "skin measurement" to allow for some movement.

Wearing a shirt that doesn't fit properly looks unprofessional and thrifty. If you are not going to have your shirts made, go to a tailor and ask if you can compensate them to give you your measurements so that you know your off-the-rack shirt is the appropriate size. Bottom line is, if the shirt fits, and only if it fits, wear it.


  1. He usually looks so good! You are right on with the shirt idea. He almost would look more pit together if her lost the tie and unbuttoned a bit. With the 5o'clock shadow going on...

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