Know your stuff

First things first – before we talk sizing or style, we need to start with the elements of perfect shirts.


The collar is one of the most important components, since the measurement around your neck will often determine the size of shirt that will fit you best. These sizings, which are sometimes represented in inches, range from around 39-40cm (15in) for a medium, through to 41-42cm (16in) for a large shirt and so on. But while a shirt may fit well in the neck, you also need to ensure the chest and waist also measure up – which is where a slim-fit shirt can often help, especially for men with a slightly wider neck.

Quality finishes

The other key components you need to know are the cuff (around 1.5-2cm should be showing at your jacket sleeve), and the front placket, which is the reinforced strip along the front of the shirt that holds the buttons and buttonholes. One sign of a quality slim-fit shirt are the ‘darts’ – a pair vertical cuts at the back, where fabric has been brought in – which lends it a more flattering, tailored look.


Here’s a well-kept secret in men’s fashion: slim-fit shirts are not only for guys with a slimmer figure. Guys who have a larger figure are well served by a shirt that slims them in the waist or that fits well across the shoulders. Choosing a slim-fit shirt is not about trying to look thinner than you are – in the same way that you suit jacket and trousers should fit properly, having excess fabric will not do your frame any favours.

Key styles

Once you’ve found a fit that works for you, the next step is to choose the right style for each occasion. Here are a few worth adding to your wardrobe.


Few things beat a classic white shirt. This wardrobe staple can take you from the office to a formal event, or can even be dressed down on a weekend.

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Slim Stretch

For men with slimmer figures or those who have a more athletic frame, a slim stretch shirt is a great way to ensure your shirt fits properly and sits close to the skin.

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This is a versatile option for work or play. You can wear it to the office or dressed down with a pair of jeans on the weekend and is a true modern staple.

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If you want to showcase a touch of personality without going overboard, a bolder print like this is the way to go. Dress it up under a classic suit, or pair it with jeans and blazer for a more casual look.

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