If you are a guy, the most common staple in your wardrobe is a shirt. Business shirts, dress shirts, polo T-shirts and even crew neck T-shirts.

The shirt covers half of your body and is the closest item worn near the face. Therefore, the shirt that you wear must fit you well. If it doesn’t fit, you will not be feeling confident at all. In fact, you will be feeling like s***.

It is not difficult to find a shirt that gives you a good fit. And you don’t really have to tailor (unless you have some spare cash and don’t mind spending).

Here is my 5-fit checklist you should look out for when choosing a well-fitting shirt. It must pass all the 5 areas before you buy.


Tip #1: Fits At The Shoulders

This sounds like a no-brainer but I’ve seen guys wear shirts that are either a size too small or a few sizes too big. Remember, the shoulder seam should meet at the corner of your shoulder bone. If it meets before it, then the shirt is too small for you. If it meets after, then the shirt is too loose for you.

The shoulder area test is the first you should check when trying on the shirt. It is also the most visual aspect others around you will take note.


Tip #2: Fits At The Chest 

Like it or not, the chest is most defining body part of every man. That is why most guys pay special attention to training their pectoral muscles at the gym, doing bench presses, cable flyes, dumbbell presses and of course our all-time-favourite push-ups.

There is a Chinese saying that goes 挺胸做人 (literal translation: chest out and be a man).

Therefore, if you desire a more fitted silhouette, you would want to make sure the chest width is reduced without being too tight that it creates unnecessary lines across the chest.

Come on guys, I mean – if you exercise, gym or are still in the prime of your life, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to flaunt your chest, right? 

Of course, if you want a more relaxed fit, then choose a shirt that gives you more space around the chest.



Tip #3: Fits At The Armpits

I’ve tried shirts from both ends – some that are way too tight and others that are way too loose.

Remember, when you raise both arms laterally (just like doing lateral raises in the gym), the armholes should feel comfortable and your movements unrestricted. If you have difficult lifting your arms comfortably, that means the shirt is too tight at the armpits. Conversely, if you lift both arms and feel you suddenly developed batwings, then that means it is too loose at the armpits.


Tip #4: Fits Around The Waist

The shirt should be smooth all the way around, with no baggy or excess material. There should be comfortable movement which allows you to sit down without having the material pulling at the buttons.

Choose slim fit or straight cut according to your body shape. The former is more contoured around the abs area while the latter is more generous around the waist.


Tip #5: The Length Must Fit

A shirt should be long enough so that it does not pull up out of your pants during everyday activity. I’m referring to business shirts in this instance.

Remember, the standard shirt has a six-button front, excluding the collar button.

Business shirts must be tucked in at all times as they are unsightly if left tucked out.

Dress shirts, however, can either be tucked in or out. Those meant to be untucked will have flat or curved hem. But they should not be longer than the zipper of your pants. And when you lift both hands, your belly should not be exposed.

If you follow these 5 ‘fit’ guidelines, I’m sure every shirt you buy from now on will fit you to a T.


Do you know that your image greatly affects your reputation? When people first see you, they will look at your outfit first, followed by your posture and lastly, they will look at your behaviour.

Are you wearing executive wear with sneakers? Wearing a long dress with slippers? These are a big “NO NO” to dress when going out especially when wearing formal clothing. Sure you may feel comfortable, but the image you give to others around you is not a positive one as it shows as if you are not put together and your outfit looks all over the place.

Therefore, Mr Lionel Lim had started an image consultation workshop where you can attend to improve your image.

The image consultation course will help you with your current image and you will be able to know what kind of image you are projecting to other people when they see you. It is important to have a positive image especially when you are working in a business industry where you are required to meet clients or new people. Image consultation can also apply to people outside the business industries as a positive image can increase your confidence and self-esteem.

There are different workshops available by Mr Lionel Lim to improve your image. Some of the signature programmes are personal grooming workshop, personal branding, health & wellness and resume writing & interview.

All the different programmes help improve different areas of your professional as well as personal life.

For personal grooming workshop, the workshop main focus is to help you improve upon your current image as well as guide you in choosing the right clothes for your body shapes and styles. You will learn all the lessons on the best appearance and style for yourself in the personal grooming courses, not to mention wearing the right colours as well.


For personal branding workshop, you will be able to learn how you can generate more interest in your personal business and brand. This will help you gain an advantage from your competitors in the market and you can raise your personal profile with free media publicity.

For health & wellness, you will learn the positivity of keeping fit and also attract more success, love and happiness in your life. From the workshop, you are able to understand your current state of health and also embark on a weight management programme where you are able to design your own meal plan and realise your dream body.

For resume writing & interview skills workshop, you are able to gain the knowledge on how to dress and prepare intelligently for the interview. You are also able to use the online job search strategies and social media portals to find employment and also craft a powerful cover letter that could help you land a job.

There are also other programmes available to help you improve and upgrade yourself. To find out more about the programmes available, you can visit the programmes page.

By improving one’s image, you are expanding the different opportunities available out there for yourself. To know more about the image consultation course, send us your Contact details now!


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