How To: Choose the Perfect Shirt

When it comes to the perfect shirt, one size does not fit all and finding the right one for you can be a tricky process. There are several factors to consider when purchasing a new shirt. While colour, pattern and fabric are important, it is the fit of the shirt which will ultimately determine how you will look and feel in your new shirt.

A well-fitting shirt compliments your physique in all the right places. Regardless of your body shape, a tailored, closer fitting shirt is always more flattering as large folds in the shirt will only amplify the figure.

Here at Ella Hopfeldt we offer four carefully designed shirt fits to help every woman find an ideal match for their body type: ITALIAN fit, GERMAN fit, FRENCH fit and SPANISH fit. As a result, our choice of shirt fits caters for the tall and the short, the slim and the curvey alike. All four fits are specifically tailored to reflect different body shapes.

How do our four fits differ and which is the one for you?

ITALIAN FIT

ITALIAN FIT shirts are fitted, long length shirts for average height and taller women (166–183 cm / 5’5”–6’0”).

Figure-wise the shirts are perfect for:
* pear-shaped figure (bust and/or shoulders are smaller than hips, waistline is somewhat defined);
* athletic / rectangle / banana shaped figure (shoulders, bust and hips are around the same size, waistline is somewhat defined).

GERMAN FIT

GERMAN FIT shirts are fitted, long length shirts for average height and taller women (168–183 cm / 5’6”–6’0”). Compared to the Italian fit, the German fit shirts have more room for shoulders and bust and a well-defined waistline.

Figure-wise the shirts are perfect for:
* V shaped, also sometimes called inverted triangle figure (bust/shoulders are wider than hips, waist is well defined);
* hourglass-shaped figure (bust and hips are balanced, waist is well defined).

FRENCH FIT

FRENCH FIT shirts are fitted, long length shirts for average height and shorter women (155–166 cm / 5’1”–5’5”). In general, the fit is identical to the Italian fit, except for the overall length and the length of the sleeves.

Figure-wise the shirts are perfect for:
* pear-shaped figure (bust and/or shoulders are smaller than hips, waistline is somewhat defined);
* athletic / rectangle / banana shaped figure (shoulders, bust and hips are around the same size, waistline is somewhat defined).

SPANISH FIT

SPANISH FIT shirts are fitted, long lenght shirts for average height and shorter women (155–167 cm / 5’1”–5’5”). Compared to the French fit, the Spanish fit shirts have more room for shoulders and bust and a well-defined waistline.

Figure-wise the shirts are perfect for:
* V shaped, also sometimes called inverted triangle figure (bust/shoulders are wider than hips, waist is well defined);
* hourglass-shaped figure (bust and hips are balanced, waist is well defined).

Still not sure which fit is best for you? Take our fit test and find out!

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