When you’re dropping money on a suit jacket, you want to make sure you get it right. While being armed with measurements is helpful, you can get in the ballpark with four simple criteria that you can easily memorise.
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According to apparel company J.Crew, to make sure that a suit jacket fits, you’ll want to check four things:
- Make sure the seams of the jacket fall squarely on your shoulder’s natural edge.
- Ensure the sleeves land right at your wristbone, leaving a 6-12cm of space for your shirt cuff.
- When your top button is fastened on a two-button suit, make sure there’s still enough room for two horizontal fingers worth of space between your chest and the jacket.
- The jacket’s hem should land at the base of your front pockets.
While it’s not quite a substitute for a tailored suit, these four criteria will get you in the ballpark if you’re shopping off the rack. Check out the full post for diagrams on how each criteria should look.