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What Does Slim Fit Actually Mean?

Jos. A. Bank | What Does Slim Fit Actually Mean?


Clothing comes in a variety of styles and fits, and every gentleman has his own preference as to which looks best on him. It's important to know what you're shopping for, and that you be able to distinguish between tailored fit, regular fit, regal fit, and slim fit.

Gone are the baggy clothing trends of the early 2000s! Slim fit clothing has become increasingly popular with menseeking a more modern style. Where regular fit clothing tends to leave a bit more space, slim fit items will hug your frame, not so closely that you look like theHulk (unless that's what you're after), but enough so your clothing won't have excess fabric and or bunch.

While you can buy an entire slim fit suit, it's also customary to purchase slim fit items as separates, allowing you to mix and match various colors and patterns for a wider wardrobe selection.

Shirt - Slim fit shirts typically have "darts" in the back, which are two crescent-shaped lines on either side, which allow the shirt to taper and hang closer to the body. The back panel of these shirts is also cut on a slight curve, bringing it in slightly at the shoulders and the back allowing the shirt to adhere closer to the body's figure.

Pants - Typically slim fit pants will always have a flat-front design, are snug through the legs and taper slightly towards the bottom, ending in a small leg opening. The pants should be snug, about ½ inch of fabric when pinched between your fingers, but you should be able to move and sit with ease. They should sit comfortably at your waist and you should be able to fasten them without holding your breath or sucking in.

Note: Be aware that slim fit shirts and pants sizing varies by brand. Depending on the label, for example, your 34 may not be a consistently reliable measurement!

Ties - Slimmer accessories best accompany your slim fit suit. A regular tie may look bulky or too wide.

Jackets - Slim fit jackets traditionally have a slightly higher lapel and a lower button, which works to lengthen the look of your torso. The jackets are usually shorter in length than their regular fit counterparts but should fit the same in relation to your shirt, allowing about an inch of sleeve to show.

While the slim fit look isn't the be-all-end-all of suit fashion it has become popular for the modern gentleman. Though it typically favors those with lean builds, when correctly worn it can give anyone a stylish, trimmed-down silhouette.

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