The Secrets of a Perfect Fitting Suit
Never underestimate the power of a well tailored suit. At Hawes & Curtis, we’re firm believers that choosing the right suit is all about getting the perfect fit. Follow our step-by-step guide as we cover the fundamentals that you should be looking out for when purchasing your next suit.
THE JACKET
The Shoulders
The jacket shoulders should naturally follow the contour of your own shoulder, neither extending beyond or short of it. Get this one right because it’s near impossible for it to be altered by a tailor.
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The Body
It’s true that the body of a jacket should fit close to the body but never to the extent that it’s pulling. The top button should close without strain and the sides should feel just snug - never tight.
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The Sleeves
A good guideline is that you should see between 1/4” to 1/2” of shirt cuff from underneath your jacket sleeve. For most men, the end point will be around the wrist bone. Too long and the results look sloppy.
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The Length
To maintain good proportions, the length of your jacket should drape just enough to cover your rear.
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THE TROUSER
The Hem
Everyone has their own preference on how their suit trousers are finished. If you are unsure, the hem should rest on top of your shoe - just touching but not much more than that.
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The Fit
Overall, the fit of your trousers should be trim, but not tight. Your side pockets should lay flat against your sides and a slight taper on the leg will help to maintain a sharp look.
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