Respect the Shoulder Seam

Proper As Hell

Despite mountains of information regarding appropriate fit, the epidemic of men in ill-fitting jackets and shirts is all too prevalent.


The shoulder seam is chief among the proportions of any garment above the waist. Fit the shoulders and the rest can usually be tinkered with. The seam should rest where the upper arm and shoulder meet. When the seam is at an appropriate place, arm movement is maximized. The divot-small dip in the fabric below the shoulder-is more pronounced when the shoulders are too large. Puckering and excess fabric are two clear indicators that the shoulders are too large. The lines and break should be clean from shoulder to sleeve.

It’s a basic concept, yet not observed as often as it should be. It’s a unfortunate sight to see a man with the shoulder seam hovering around his bicep on a dress shirt. Even sadder is the man wearing a…

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I am a fashion enthusiast that has engaged in the blog as a vehicle to grow from boys b-boy fashion to the distinguished men's fashion of yesteryear and today. As Arthur Ashe states, “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance". Ding! Ding!
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