March 6, 2015

How a suit should fit

Get noticed for the right reasons when you wear a well-fitted suit.

Looking sharp is as much about wearing clothes that fit as it is about style. When it comes to things like colour, pattern and material, you can follow the rules or break them and still look good. Fit is different. You might mix and match stripes with checks, but you’d never wear an ill-fitting jacket over perfectly tailored pants. (At least, we hope you wouldn’t). Like they say: If your suit fits, they notice you. But if it doesn’t, they notice the suit. Here are a few pointers on the most important elements of how a suit should fit.

How Your Suit Should Fit: Collar, Shoulders, Lapels

The collar should be smooth against your neck with no bunching or gaping. The shoulders should be rounded and smooth with no dimpling or rumpling. The lapels should be flat and smooth against your chest.

How Your Suit Should Fit: Closure, Sleeves

The jacket should be fitted to your body with no major creasing or pulling across the closure. The sleeves should be smooth with minimal twisting and end just above your wrist, leaving about half an inch of your shirt sleeve exposed when your arm is straight by your side.

How Your Suit Should Fit: Vents, Seat

The vents should lay flat perpendicular to the ground—no flaring or tugging. The seat should be smooth with no creasing or sagging. The break should naturally crease just above your shoes.

How Your Suit Should Fit: Break


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