Let’s cut to the chase – fit is king. Getting clothes in the right fit is important because a well-fitting suit, dress shirt or pair of trousers makes you feel comfortable, smart and confident. And fit spells the difference between a sloppy look and polished look. In this article, we take a look at the different types of fit to help you decide what really works best for you.
The main difference in the various types of fit is the amount of fabric used in the clothing. The slim fit fits the body closely and comfortably. It is a good choice for men whose body type is lean and slim, with narrower shoulders and chest. For many brands, the slim fit is usually the tightest fit available and offers no allowance for tailoring down.
A tapered fit would refer to what we know as the skinny fit. For pants, this fit tapers from the opening at the thigh to the opening at the cuff. Shirts with this fit tapers at the waist.
The tapered fit also suits men with slim frames, but it can make you look even skinnier than you really are which may not be a good look. If a tapered fit looks too gaunt on you, opt for the slim fit.
The tailored fit is an overlap between the slim fit and the traditional fit. It offers a little bit more fabric so it doesn’t cling as closely to the body as the slim fit does. For shirts, it is moderately tapered at the waist while for trousers there isn’t much tapering towards the bottom.
The tailored fit is great for men with athletic or average physiques. Another advantage of the tailored fit is that it has allowance for further tailoring, so you can take it to your tailor who can work their magic to make sure that it fits you perfectly.
If you have a rounder body type and you feel that a tailored fit just won’t do, go for a full fit. Full fit dress shirts or suits usually offer an A-line silhouette that is more comfortable and flattering for men who carry more weight. Full fit is also known as the comfort fit or relaxed fit by other brands.