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.

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