Want to hear a surprising fact? The average Joe buys his shirts 1-2 sizes too big. While this may feel more comfortable, it throws off the entire proportion of the look. Sleeve length is a great indicator of fit in a shirt. Ideally, your sleeves should touch your large wrist bone, located on the outside of your wrist, above your pinky finger.
We see this on a daily basis in the store, a shirt comes to the wrist of a customer and the first thing they do is extend their arms straight out and say the shirt is too short. When your arms are extended the shirt naturally rises put past the wrist about 2-3 inches. This is NORMAL! A shirt is fitted as you are standing in a relaxed with your hands and down at your side. If we were to fit a shirt to fit your arms extended they would be bulky at your wrists the majority of the time you wear them. It may take time to get used to it but a shirt fitted to your wrists is the proper way a shirt should fit.
The shirt’s cuff should extend a half inch outside of a jacket’s sleeve (if you’re wearing one), and it should touch and be able to cover a watch in certain positions (again…if you’re wearing one). Telltale signs your shirt is too loose or too tight? Your wrists should never be completely exposed, and your jacket should never entirely envelop your sleeves. If your sleeves extend past your wrist, onto your hand it is too long. If you’re facing any of these issues, try a new brand of shirt, which could be more proportional to your body.