Want to Alter Your Dress Shirt for a Better Fit? You’ll Need to Know Your Options and What It Will Cost You.
As I’ve mentioned before, dress shirts are one of the most important parts of any man’s wardrobe. Especially crucial for those of us who work in a professional, white collar environment, the button down dress shirt is a classic staple that probably won’t ever go away.
For the shorter gent, it’s hard to find dress shirts that fit. If you can afford it, it’s worth getting your shirts custom made or at least ordering MTM shirts from one of the many online clothiers.
If you can’t afford bespoke clothing just yet, it’s okay. There are plenty of great stores that carry sizes and cuts that flatter the shorter body type. In fact, I keep a running list of the best stores for short men.
Of course, if you buy any clothes off the rack, including dress shirts, you will probably need to get them altered. You may even want to get some of your old clothes altered so you can actually wear them.
What Can Be Done?
I’ve found that a lot of guys don’t realize how much is possible in terms of alterations. They also don’t understand that it is a very affordable solution. Whether you need to slight adjustments made to a new shirt or want to overhaul that old, billowy button down sitting in the back of your closet, it’s important that you know which aspects of the shirt can be changed.
This graphic explains which parts of a dress shirt can be altered and how much it will cost you (click to enlarge):
There are some other, more advanced alterations that you can make, but I recommend sticking to the basics. You typically don’t want to spend more money on tailoring fees that you spent on the actual garment, although that’s not a strict rule.
More in this series:
Download the "Tailoring 101" PDF Guide
Get all three clothing alterations infographics - dress shirts, jackets and trousers - in one convenient PDF file. Print it out or keep it on your computer/phone so you can reference it anytime. Oh, and it's totally free!