How Tight Should Suits Be?

How your suit fits you can make or break your overall look. Finding the perfect material, cut, and design will not matter as much unless you get that perfect fit for your body. Your age and body type should not be deterrents for getting a tailored fit. With the right, experienced tailor, you can get a suit that looks great on you and also feels comfortable to wear all day long.

How Tight Should A Suit Be?

The ideal fit is when your suit is able to show your full body silhouette in a sleek manner without any pulling or sagging visibly anywhere. This is the only way to get a comfortable suit that allows you to move freely while looking fantastic.

 tailor taking measurements of bespoke suit jacket on mannequin

When choosing a suit, here are a couple of pointers to keep in mind:

  1. When you button up your jacket, it should create an hourglass shape of your body. If you notice any pulling of the fabric or any loose fabric under your arms, it is not the right fit.
  1. When you sit down, your trousers’ fabric needs to remain smooth without any strain or bunching. If there are, you need a new set of pants stitched right away.

Signs That Your Suit Is Too Tight Or Loose

Let’s go through some of the main points you should be looking at when finding that perfect fit.

The Jacket

  • The button should fasten perfectly without any pulling or sagging of the material around it. When closed, the jacket should feel like a glove.
  • The bottom of the jacket should stay neatly in place with a short gap when buttoned. If it starts to pull away, then the jacket is too tight for you.
  • The jacket should not hang loosely on your body. If you feel any part of it sagging forwards, you will have to adjust it to fit your dimensions.

The Shoulders

  • The jacket sleeve needs to begin at the exact point where your shoulder ends. If the sleeve is too high, the jacket will be difficult to put on and will look small on you. If it is too low, the jacket will sag, giving you an overly large frame.
  • When the seam hangs over your shoulder, extra fabric will bunch up under your arms to the side of the jacket. This will again give you a wider frame.

The Collar

  • The jacket collar should sit perfectly along the lines of your shirt collar. It shouldn’t stand away from or press up against the shirt collar for the best look.
  • When the jacket is too large, there will be a gap between the shirt collar and jacket collar. This is quite visible to other people and does not show off a smart look.
  • When the collar is pressed up against you, you are bound to be uncomfortable wearing that jacket. Your shoulders, neck, and sides will be a little too tight and you won’t be able to wear that jacket comfortably for a long time.

The Length of the Jacket

  • Your height is the best measure to find the best jacket length. Typically, the best length is when the jacket ends around the middle of your crotch area.
  • Another way of checking is by the length of your hands. Stand straight in front of a mirror with your arms by your sides and see where the jacket ends. The best length is when it ends around the middle of your fingertip and wrist.

Why A Bespoke Suit Is The Better Choice

In order to get a suit “just right”, it needs to be tailored exactly to your body dimensions. Every person has a unique body type and you cannot get a perfect fit from a suit you get off the shelves. Those suits are created with generic body dimensions in mind and will fit perfectly for only a few choice people around the world.

Each section of the suit (jacket length, collar, pants, sleeve) will have to be custom-done to your exact measurements so that they all come together into one perfect ensemble. This is the only way to stitch a dashing suit that is the perfect fit for you. When you try on a well-fitted suit, you will definitely notice the difference in comfort and movement it offers you.

Once you try a bespoke suit, it can be difficult to go back to wearing a normal, everyday suit. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements and we’ll work with you to create a suit that’s the perfect fit.

How Can You Tell If A Suit Fits?

The right fit is the most important part of any suit. The design, colors, or material used will not look good unless the suit sits well on your body. People have varying opinions about how you should wear a suit, but there is a basic suit 101 that many of them are unaware of.

While their opinions on suits might not be completely wrong, just a single missed point can break your whole look. Therefore, it is critical you pay attention to the areas that can easily go wrong while stitching a suit so it doesn’t end up looking “off” when you try it on.

There are a few rules that have been passed down from previous generations about the proper etiquette of suit-wearing.

Young businessman visiting old tailor

These have not changed over time and will probably continue for many generations to come. Let’s go through some of them below.

Signs Your Suit Doesn’t Fit You

  1. The length of the suit jacket

Unless your tailor left enough space to make adjustments, altering the length of a suit jacket is usually not possible. As such, it is important you get the measurements correctly and discuss them with your tailor before stitching the suit.

A short jacket has become a new trend for modern generations but not everyone can pull it off and if you go too short, it will ruin the whole look. The ideal length is when the jacket reaches around your middle-crotch area or just up to the middle of your thumb. If it’s longer than that, the jacket will look too big on you.

  1. The shoulders are sagging or tight

The jacket’s shoulder seam should match exactly where your shoulder ends. If it’s too long, the jacket will sag and give you a much wider and bulkier frame. If it’s too short, the jacket will be uncomfortable to wear and will look much too small on you.

The shoulder is one of the most visible areas of a suit and if it looks wrong, the entire suit will be thrown off balance.

  1. The lapel gap is too wide or pops open

When the shoulders aren’t adjusted correctly and the suit is too big on you, you will have a large chest gap when you button the jacket. Ideally, you want the lapel to lie across your chest with no gaping hole in between.

  1. Your knuckles are covered by the sleeves of the jacket

The sleeve of the suit jacket needs to end at the top of the wrist. This allows the shirt cuff to also pop out at the correct angle. If the sleeve is too long, it is likely the length of the suit will be long too. You may want to look at another option or adjust the sleeve length which is quite easy to do.

  1. The collar just isn’t right

One of the biggest pointers towards a wrong fitting jacket is the collar gap and collar rolls. The collar gap is the space in between the suit collar and the shirt collar. The jacket collar should rest against the back of your shirt collar for the perfect fit. If there is a gap, it usually means the suit is too tight for you and adjustments need to be made.

Collar rolls occur when the shoulder area is not adjusted to match the posture or shoulder-length of the wearer. This can be easily fixed by a tailor if the problem is found early on.

  1. The pants are too tight or sagging


The seat of your pants should be smooth against your behind and there shouldn’t be any pulling of the fabric. If it feels tight when you’re sitting down, you will definitely need to increase the size.

  1. The pant pockets stick out

If pants fit well, the pocket will rest against your side without popping out even when you sit down. The tighter the pants, the more the pocket will stick out. This is not an easy fix so you should either look at purchasing a new pair or speaking to an experienced tailor.

Why You Should Purchase A Bespoke Suit

Most of us will find at least one or two of these problems when we try on readymade suits at your local tailors or grooming studio. This is because the perfect suit cannot be done ready-made for all of us.

Due to our unique body types, a personal visit to the tailor is necessary if you’re looking for that perfect fit. An experienced tailor will be able to adjust your measurements to account for all the above signs, so the final bespoke suit will be perfectly tailored to fit you!