Thursday, June 18, 2009

How to have your suits tailored

One doesn't need to spend a lot of money to wear a suit that looks expensive. You can do it by buying a suit off the rack and having it tailored to your fit. Here're how my suits fit me:

  1. Shoulders should be snug around yours and should not hang or fall over
  2. Button stance should be comfortable (not too high or low). I prefer the classic two button look.
  3. Silhouette should be fitted with only a fists worth of space between your chest and the jacket when it's buttoned up
  4. Length of the jacket should be long enough so that you are able to cup your hands underneath its sides
  5. Arms will need to be slimmed down as well and length shortened so that a quarter an inch of the shirt cuff is showing.
  6. Vents can be either center or side, but I prefer the more contemporary side vents.
  7. Lapels are hardest bit to pick out, but I prefer slimmer, higher cut notch/peak lapels.
  1. Slim fit around the legs
  2. No pleats
  3. Worn at the hips and don't have to wear a belt to support them
  4. No longer than one break at the feet
Have 8 minutes? Then check out this video from GQ on how to buy and fit a suit.

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