If you have a shirt that you like, but it isn’t a perfect fit, there are a few ways to make it look and fit a little better before you can get it tailored or adjusted. Here are five (well, four and a gag) that work well in every situation.
The video above walks through all five of these pretty quickly, so it’s worth a watch. The first three tips are meant to be used when you don’t want to wear anything over the shirt, so you need it to look good from both the front and back. The last two are best used when you can layer something else over it.
- Use a military tuck to tighten excess fabric and create a slimmer fit.
- Roll up the sleeves to trim too long or loose fitting fabric.
- Open the first two buttons for a more casual look (this makes a looser fitting shirt look less dishevelled.)
- Layer with a jacket or sweater to disguise a too-big shirt and hide excess fabric.
- This is mostly a joke, but you can create a slim front silhouette by using binder clips to hold excess fabric at the back of your shirt.
Keep in mind what you’ll be doing while wearing the shirt. For example, the last “tip” will be uncomfortable if you plan to go to dinner or a meeting where you’ll want to rest your back against your chair. The look you’re going for will influence which of the above tips you decide to use, but remember that they’re only temporary fixes and you should get your shirt altered or tailored for a good fit that lasts.
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