After the positive response I’ve had to my first email enquiry I thought I’d address some common style queries I see popping up all over the place. Therefore, welcome to the first post in an irregular feature I like to call the ‘Q&A Quickie’. Here, I’ll be answering all the common questions I’m asked on a near daily basis and investigating queries I see posted on message boards and forums all over the internet ( you’d be surprised at how many there actually are! )

Today, to get the ball rolling, I’ll be focusing on the classic issue of fitted shirts and, in particular, what the difference is between a regular cut and a tapered fit.

Classic Shirt DesignClassic
As you can probably tell simply by looking at the image, the classic shirt virtually forms a right angle between the arm and torso. It’s a slightly boxier construction than contemporary tailored shirts, but does have the advantage of accentuating the upper body by giving it a crisper shoulder-line and fuller torso.

Fitted Shirt DesignFitted
By contrast, ‘fitted’ shirts have sloping tapered edges. This creates a cinching effect around the abdominal area, freeing you from the excess fabric that usually accumulates by the stomach with classic cut shirts. It gives you a slimmer silhouette and helps create a cleaner line, especially when layering.

Personally, I’d recommend a tailored, slimmer fit for the majority of men. It simply provides a sleeker, more modern edge and appears flattering on a greater range of body types. Take a look at this video from Aaron Marino at Alpha M Image Consulting for his take on the subject:

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Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

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