When shopping for dress shirts, I prefer the slim fit or athletic fit dress shirt over the classic and regular fit. I have noticed that there is an excessive amount of material that is used to make classic fit and regular fit dress shirts. However, I must be honest, the fit or cut of the shirt does not deter me from buying the shirt. I am very resourceful! I can make it work, with help.
How I make it work is by getting these classic fit and regular fit dress shirts nipped and tucked. In other words, I get the shirts fitted. But I noticed that a lot of men do not take the same initiative. They where the shirts blouse’d out with a lot of that extra material hanging out of the sides and hanging over the belt loop of their trousers. I call it the “popsicle look”…because that’s what I am reminded of when I see these shirts on guys.
How can we avoid this look? The solution is simple. Take the shirt to an alteration shop or a tailor to get it fitted. I suggest an alteration shop to save money. A professional tailor isn’t necessary for a job like this. Recently, I have taken several dress shirts to Anna’s Alterations to get them fitted:
Then, she uses pins to mark how much material to remove from each side to provide the proper fit. It only takes a few days for them to complete the job, however they can rush the process, if requested. They do offer same day services for a small fee. But, I am patient and I allow them to take their time to complete all of my alteration requests.
After a few days, I pick up my shirts and I am immediately pleased with the results:
And just like that, my dress shirts now conform to MY body for that clean, sleek, and slim fit that I like…just a clean transition from my torso to my legs. There is no baggy shirt look with material spilling over my belt. And that is one way to avoid looking like…