Knowing how to pick the perfect fit for your suit is definitely a “must-know” for all guys out there.
When trying out a suit, it is advised to get a perfect fit in your “natural stance”. To do this, you have to stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your side, preferably wearing a pair of dress shoes.
It is also advised to look for a perfect fit in these specific areas when in your natural stance:
A well-fitted shoulder lies flat, the seam on top of the shoulder should be the same length as the bone under it. It should also meet the sleeve of the suit right where your arm meets your shoulder.
In a case where the seem is hiked up along your shoulder bone, or dangling down on your upper shoulder, you should know you have the wrong size.
The back of the trousers should be a smooth drape over the shape of your rear end, regardless of the shape.
It should lie loosely against your underwear, without pulling tight against your butt or draping loosely down your thighs.
This is a small wrinkle caused when the top of your shoe stops the trouser cuff from falling to its full length.
It should not be absent or create a large rumple at your feet.
It is known that when wearing a suit and standing, the jacket should be buttoned.
The button should close without a fuss and there should be no wrinkles formed from the closure.
Jacket Sleeve Length
About half an inch of the shirt cuff should be visible beyond the jacket cuff.
The suit sleeve should not rise above the cuff completely nor should it hide the shirt sleeves entirely.
A good suit jacket should fall past the waist and drape over the top of the curve formed by the buttocks.
Another measure of finding the right length is aligning the hem of the jacket with the middle of your hand.
The jacket collar should rest against your shirt collar, which should rest against the back of your neck without creating a significant gap in between or forming wrinkles.
The Four “Bad-Fit” Indicators
The Dreaded X
The appearance of a X shaped wrinkle when buttoning the jacket is an indicator of it being too tight.
Shoulder Divots and Upper Arm Wrinkles
When the shoulder padding is observed to protrude beyond the arm, also causing wrinkles on the upper arm part of the sleeve, the jacket is said to be too big.
If bunching on top of your shoulder is observed, the jacket is too big.
Faint spirals of winkles on the outside of the sleeve occur when the angle of your arm in its natural stance doesn’t match the angle that the sleeves was constructed with.
This can be considered a deal-breaker.
So next time you’re trying out a suit, try and watch out for these factors.
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