Before Larry Maitrejean began managing Scandinavian Imports LLC (211 Sierra Court, Metairie, 504-838-6028; www.scandinavianimports.us), the sole U.S. distributor of premium men's line Oscar of Sweden, he admits to the occasional fashion faux pas.
These days, he feels most comfortable in the line's "fitted body" shirts, an on-trend cut that easily transfers from the office to off-hours.
"A lot more guys are getting to wear their shirts hanging out," he says, mentioning a relaxed look he sees at chic Warehouse District bars. "[A fitted shirt] is not going to hang to your knees, it's going to hang perfectly. You're going to look very stylish."
Scandinavian Imports carries dress shirts and button-downs in two of the three major cuts for men's dress shirts: the fitted body and the slim fit. The fitted body is characterized by higher armholes, trimmer sleeves and a more tapered shape than a classic fit shirt. The slim fit takes this one step further, with a shorter length, a narrower chest and back darts which show off a well-maintained physique.
"[Men who wear the slim fit] are fashion-forward, they're sophisticated, they want to look the part. ... It's typical [of] European [clothes]," he says.
For men hoping to purchase a shirt that fits well, Maitrejean suggests a frank assessment of one's body type. While the slim fit shirt may not be appropriate for larger men, a boxy classic fit adds excess material and doesn't flatter. He suggests the fitted body shirt as a compromise for men of all builds.