In Part 1 we discussed the importance of a trimmer cut for a well-fitting shirt. While sleeves are a smaller part of the shirt, they can have a large impact on how a shirt fits, feels and makes you look. In designing shirts for guys 5’9” and under, our measurements of real guys provided us with the data we needed to make sleeves that not only fit right, but provide the appearance of a longer, leaner upper body.
Starting at the top of the sleeve, we raised our armholes, giving you a better range of motion while eliminating the excess bulky fabric that makes arms look fatter, especially underneath a jacket or sweater. Also, we found that the larger armholes of traditional shirts make most shorter guys look like they have bat wings and also reduces mobility as the sleeve attaches lower on the body. In addition, since the arm appears to start further from the waist than on a traditional shirt, it lengthens the look of the torso.
As an added benefit, a smaller sleeve naturally creates the illusion of a bigger bicep; when trying on our shirts or any other narrow-sleeve shirt, always make sure you flex your arms to ensure the sleeve fits close without being restrictive. Besides, how often do you legitimately get to flex in front of a mirror?
Next is one of the biggest complaints shorter guys have about shirts: sleeve length. Our measurements show that as guys age and put on weight, their arms remain the same length. While this may seem obvious, most larger shirts also have longer sleeves, which adds unnecessary fabric and a ballooning effect above the cuff, making your shirt look ill-fitting no matter how trim the body of the shirt may fit on you.
At the bottom of the sleeve, our cuffs have been sized appropriately to help emphasize the length of your forearms. In addition, we set two cuff buttons side by side rather than top to bottom so you can adjust the cuff to fit your wrists or get extra room for a larger watch.
Finally, the often overlooked sleeve placket: the open slit in the sleeve that goes up the forearm. The standard length of a sleeve placket can end too close to the elbow, making your arms look shorter than they are. Our thinner placket is shorter than a traditional shirt to make sure it ends about half the distance between the wrist and elbow.