Find Out If Your Suit Fits With 7 Simple Tricks

Find Out If Your Suit Fits With 7 Simple Tricks

You may not be an expert tailor, but you don’t need any special skills to know if a suit fits perfectly. You can measure each part of the jacket and pants by eyeballing where they fall, and by using a few tricks with your hands.

Esquire lines out seven things you can check right off the bat:

  1. Shoulder pads end with your shoulders.
  2. Your flat hand should slip easily into your suit under the lapels when the top (or middle) button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the suit should pull at the button.
  3. The top button of a two-button suit — or the middle button of a three-button suit — should not fall below your navel.
  4. With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket.
  5. Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist.
  6. Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.
  7. One inch of break [in the leg].

If any of these don’t fit the way they’re supposed to, then you’ll need to head to a tailor. But you can at least see what needs tailoring just by following these simple tips. Hit the link to learn more.

How to Tell Your Suit Fits [Esquire]


  • So what you’re saying is that when you try it on, and it looks crap, then it probably doesn’t fit…

    this is definitely a guide for people who have no idea how to buy clothes

    • There’s a difference between knowing if something fits well and kinda guessing that it fits well. I used one of these guides when getting my suit adjusted and I wouldn’t have had any clue what I was looking for without it.

    • Thanks captain obvious. Some of us lack your advanced intuition and need objectively applicable guides. The only way I know what looks crap or not is through training, advice and guides like this – my intuition has no understanding of clothes.

  • Stand in front of the mirror and raise one arm to the side up to the horizontal position. The top of the shoulder should not ride up much and the front of the jacket should not be pulled up either.

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