A suit is one of the basic wardrobe staples any man past his teen years should have. It can be used in formal events, semi-formal events and even business casual, given the right blazer. With this in mind, it’s obvious how important your suit is in looking your best.
The thing is, wearing a suit that doesn’t fit you properly can be just as ugly as wearing the wrong attire altogether. In fact, according to studies, good-fitting outfits can actually boost your confidence and enhance your social charm in an instant.
In this article, we’ve listed down some advice as to how your suit should fit, based on the advice of experts.
Determine Your Body Type
Before anything else, it’s best that you determine your body type first to make sure that all your future outfits, not just this certain suit, will be perfect for you.
Different people have different body types. Some are a little heavier and softer than others, some are naturally skinny, while some tend to carry weight in one part more than other parts. Determining this can save you a whole lot of hassle and effort when you’re trying out new clothes, as it’ll be easier to shop for the best items for you if you have a rough idea of what you’re going to look like in them.
For example, someone who has wide shoulders should wear a jacket that tapers at the waist, as opposed to single-breasted jackets that look better on someone with narrow shoulders.
Good Fit VS. Bad Fit
Knowing what’s a good fit versus a bad fit requires some experience and eye to detail, but some problems are easy enough to see that there’s no need to be an expert just to spot them. Familiarizing yourself with these common problems can save you a ton of time, especially if you’re picking out your suit all by yourself or if it’s your first time buying one.
1. Shoulder pads don’t sit well
Your shoulder pads should end with your shoulders, not before, nor after. If they’re not sitting well, that means they’re either too small or too big for you. Shoulder pads that are too small can give you the look of an oversized muffin, while too big can make you look like a kid trying his hardest to look like an adult. Either way, ill-fitting shoulder pads don’t look attractive on anyone.
2. The sleeves are not the right length
A well-fitting suit has sleeves that end right at the part where your wrist meets the base of your thumb. If it doesn’t end at this part, then it’s not the right fit for you. This is one of those problems that are obvious even if you don’t have any experience with suits. If it’s too short or too long, it will be noticeable to anyone’s naked eye, that’s for sure. They may not know exactly what’s wrong, but they’ll know that something’s off about your outfit. Also, make sure that your cuffs visibly show by about a quarter and a half inch for the best look.
3. The length of your jacket is incorrect
To measure the right length for your jacket, stand straight in front of a mirror with your arms positioned at your sides. For a classic fit, the right jacket for you will end right where your knuckles are. Any shorter or longer than this is not the proper fit for you.
4. The jacket’s body is not the right size
Just like the shoulder pads, wearing a jacket that’s too tight or too loose will give you an unflattering appearance. Many people are more lenient on this as it’s not too obvious, but if you’re trying out a new jacket anyway, it’s best to get one that perfectly fits your body. Ideally, if you have the right jacket, you should be able to put your flat hand inside your suit even when the top or middle buttons are fastened. If you can put your fist in and it doesn’t pull at the bottom, it’s too big, and if you can’t put even a flat hand in, then it’s too tight.
5. The buttons are too high or low
Most off-the-rack suits follow a certain ratio between different parts, so if you’re buying a new suit from a store, you can also use this ratio to determine if the suit is perfect for you. For example, if you’re trying on a two-button suit, the top button should fall above your navel, never below. In a three-button suit, on the other hand, only its last button can fall below–the rest should fall above.
Suits are typically based on preferences, but these are just some of the typical suit-fitting guides that you need to abide by if you want the best results. Hopefully, with these tips, you can start incorporating this fashion in your next formal event, if not your daily office wear.