Tightness Across the Back When Reaching Forward

Problem description

While your shirt may look great when you’re standing straight with your arms at rest, you feel unable to move around like you want. Primarily, reaching forward causes the shirt to feel tight across the back.

Potential Solutions

  1. Adding Rear Side Pleats. This is the first, most obvious solution to the problem. Adding rear pleats gives you ~2″ more range of motion while reaching forward, without making your shirt look any baggier in the front.
  2. Switching to Full Shoulder/Armpit Fit. Changing the Shoulder/Armpit Fit from Tailored (or Very Tailored) to Full Shoulder/Armpit Fit will remove some of the tightness around your shoulders and provide increased range of motion.
  3. Increasing the Chest Width. This too will give you more room to reach forward and backwards, but will also make the chest of your shirt appear looser.
  4. Increasing the Sleeve Width. The upper arm will get more room to move, which can help with this issue. Like adding to the chest measurement, this will make the shirt visibly looser.