What to look for in a well fitted suit

So you’ve decided to go bespoke, and having educated yourself on fabric selection, details such as lapels and jacket lining and whether you want pleated or flat front pants, you think you’ve done enough to select the suit of your choice along with all the bells and whistles.  But how do you ultimately know if  the suit passes THE litmus test?  The actual fit.  Well, to know that, you would need one essential ingredient – THE LITMUS TEST.  So without further ado, here are things you must look out for when assessing whether the bespoke experience you have forked out over has lived up to its billing:

1.   Shoulder pads should end where your shoulders do.  Period.


2.  The top button of a two-button suit, or the middle button of a three-button suit should not fall below your naval.

two button suit3. With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be inline with the bottom of your jacket.

suit jacket sleeve correct length4  .Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist.

5.  Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.

suit shirt cuff

6.  Pants should have one inch of break (break is where your pants meet the top of your shoes)

7.  Your flat hand should be able to slip into your suit under the lapels with your top button (two-button suit) or middle button (three-button suit) fastened.  If you put your fist in, this should pull at the button.

And that’s a wrap!  As always, comments and suggestions are welcome!

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