When it comes to men’s fashion, there are so many different styles and fits to choose from. If you are shopping in stores or online, you might find the options available to you to be quite extensive, and it can be difficult to know which fit will be the most flattering for your body type. Today, we will discuss two of the most popular fits and answer the question: what’s the difference between modern fit and slim fit?
In general, modern fit clothing will sit tighter to your waist, shoulders, chest, and sleeves than a regular fit shirt. Slim fit clothing, on the other hand, will sit tighter to your body than modern fit clothing and is designed for people with a more slender build.
Today we’re going to look further into what sets modern fit and slim fit clothing apart and which option is best for your style and body.
What Is Modern Fit?
Modern fit takes a classic or regular clothing fit and makes it a little bit tighter fitting to your body.
Modern fit is often referring to a style of shirt but can also be used to describe pants or a suit. When it comes to shirts, modern fit shirts will be tighter to your body around the sleeves, waist, chest, and shoulders. The measurement will be between half an inch and two inches tighter than a classic fit shirt in each area.
This gives you a tailored and stylish look without being as restrictive as slim fit shirts can be.
Modern fit pants also sit between classic/regular and slim fit pants. In other words, they won’t be as tight and narrow in the legs as slim fit pants but are still tighter to your body than a classic fit.
A modern fit suit is one of the most popular and attractive options for men nowadays. Featuring tighter sleeves and a more tailor-made look, they can be a great option for a wide range of body types and styles.
Overall, modern fit is the ideal option for anyone who thinks that slim fit clothing is too revealing or tight to their body but also feels that classic fit clothing doesn’t show off their physique.
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What Is Slim Fit?
Slim fit takes modern fit one step further to offer an even tighter look.
As I mentioned earlier, slim fit garments often look and feel best on thinner individuals. That said, despite your body type, some men find this style uncomfortable, so it’s important to keep this in mind if you are trying it out for the first time.
When trying on a slim fit shirt, you can expect to feel a little more restricted than a modern fit. However, with an inch or two removed from the shoulder, chest, and waistline, slim fit clothing is great if you’re looking to show off your physique.
As far as pants, slim fit pants are usually slim enough at the waist that no belt will be required. They will stay slim to the knees and fall to your ankles without any flaring. However, they are not the same as skinny trousers or jeans, which hug tight to your body all the way to your ankles.
A slim fit suit will be more fitted than a regular suit, with a narrow waist, sleeves, and shoulders. The pants are usually tapered and will fall just above the shoe.
Slim fit is a more daring fashion statement than a modern or regular fit. In most cases, you’ll find it worn by skinnier guys. Then again, it can also work well for bold and confident individuals who are not afraid of tight-fitting clothing or showing off their physique.
Who Are Modern Fit And Slim Fit Best For?
Both of these fits are geared more towards slender individuals, but of course, it’s all about what makes you feel comfortable.
As slim fit clothing sits tight to your body, it’s ideal for slim men who have a narrow chest and shoulders.
If you are quite muscly, you’ll often find slim fit to be too restrictive, especially around your shoulders, biceps, and chest. When trying on a new shirt, you don’t want the buttons to be popping open when you sit down. If that’s the case for you, a slim fit is probably not for your body shape.
Modern fit is the perfect in-between from classic and regular fits to slim fit.
It offers a little more tailoring without taking your shirt and pants in so much that they may become restrictive. A modern fit is great for men with an average height and weight or someone who is a little more athletic.
When Can I Wear Modern Fit And Slim Fit Clothing?
Modern and slim fit clothing can both be worn for any occasion where you would choose to wear a regular shirt, suit, or pair of pants.
Modern fit is much easier to incorporate into your day-to-day life, and as the difference in tailoring is only a couple of inches, your colleagues may not notice much difference in your clothing at work. It’s ideal for anyone who feels like they are drowned in regular or classic fit shirts and jackets and wants to feel a little more confident at work or while out with family and friends.
Slim fit clothing is still good for workwear, however, it needs to be treated with a little more caution. Some men look fantastic in slim fit clothing and will have no issue wearing it every day to work. In fact, on slimmer men, it will likely look much neater than a regular fit jacket which may drown their body and physique.
The risk with slim fit clothing comes when it is too tight on the wearer. For one, it will be incredibly uncomfortable to wear all day long at work, especially if you are walking around the office or hosting presentations. And two, you’ll also find slim fit shirts restrictive across your chest when sitting down if the style doesn’t fit well to your body.
Therefore, you’ll want to try this style out in advance before choosing to wear it to work all day long.
How To Style Slim Fit And Modern Fit Shirts
While it’s reasonably easy to style suits and pants, the difficulty in this area often lies with shirts.
Modern fit shirts are reasonably easy to style and can be worn similarly to regular fit shirts. These shirts are easy to fit into pants and can be accessorized with a tie when needed. Most of these shirts are still a little baggy around the hips, so they need to be tucked into your pants to avoid looking sloppy.
Slim fit shirts look great untucked, but of course, you need the right type of pants for that look to work. Slim fit shirts should be worn with reasonably slim-fitting pants, or the outfit will look very mismatched and sloppy. For work occasions and smart-casual settings, tucking your shirt in is still the best way to go.
The Bottom Line
Slim fit and modern fit shirts and clothing items are sometimes difficult to differentiate, but when you put the item on, you’ll soon notice the difference between the two styles.
Both styles look great on different body shapes and sizes, so it’s all about testing out what works best for you and which style makes you feel the most confident and comfortable.
After all is said and done, choosing a flattering style of clothing for your body is essential to help you look and feel your best.
When clothing is too large, it can drown your body and make you look untidy. But when it’s too tight, it can be restrictive and uncomfortable to wear all day long.
Ultimately, when it comes to clothing, the best thing you can do is try on a number of different fits, brands, and styles. From there, whether you opt for modern fit or slim fit clothing, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and like the way you look.
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