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Stick with plain colors, small repeating patterns such as pin, dot, or regimental stripes. These diagonal stripes were created by the British to represent different clubs and military regiments, and despite being a bold pattern they're formal enough to wear with a suit.

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When your arms are hanging straight down, you should be able to cup your fingers under the sides of your suit jacket. However, these days, with shorter suits in style, some jackets reach only about an inch beyond the cuff of your suit sleeve.

Now you need to think about the style of the suit itself. The first thing you need to consider is the number of buttons on the suit. This will determine a good deal about the cut and fit. Here are some basic pointers:

As noted above, taking in aspects of the body of a jacket are fairly simple, and letting out what is available at the seams is as well. Other alterations to the body are not recommended. One that is commonly asked about is related to the number of buttons. Subtracting buttons, like turning a three-button suit into a two, is not doable because it would require the closure of the additional buttonhole, which cannot be done cleanly. Moreover, the placement of the buttons is different. The same is true for plans to turn a hard three-button or even a two into a three-roll-two buttoning scheme where the top button is rolled under the lapel.

The quarters represent the lower front flaps of your suit jacket panels, the area below the bottom button, also called the skirts of the jacket. These can either be closed, meaning the flaps lie nearly straight down when buttoned, or open, meaning the panels are curved and cut away or flared out when buttoned. The former look is more conservative and business-like, but if you want some Neapolitan bravado, you may think about having your quarters opened. Simply put, however, cutting away and reshaping the panels will affect the button position and cannot be done effectively.

Excellent article. Delivered just in time as I was about to visit a tailor for a houndstooth vintage jacket that became rather baggy after loosing several pounds. Thank you so much (for your always helpful articles, suggestions and tips)

I had the shoulder pads removed from a linen suit because I wanted a more relaxed look for the summer. It was not that expensive and the result turned out just as I had hoped for. You must be willing to take chances because there is no guarantee that you will like the result of the unstructured jacket. Thanks for the well researched article.

This is true, about shoulders. If one is considering taking out shoulder pads, or altering an older look into something more current, then one perforce must also recut the shoulders, AND the sleeve to make it all work. The larger problem with older suits, though, is usually the chest must also be taken in, which means major alterations (as discussed in the article) to the interior canvasing, etc., essentially recutting the jacket.

I was wondering what would be the difficulty to widen the trouser in the calf area? One problem I encounter when I wear a suit is that when I wear over the calf socks, the socks would touch with the inside of the trouser, and the friction caused by the touch between socks and trousers stops the trouser drape back. This also leaves lots of wrinkling in the knee area.

In the era of Austen and Downton Abbey, a sports coat, often known as a sports jacket also, is what fashionable men would wear in the less formal countryside, when they still wanted to look fabulous but skip the formality of a business meeting, visit, or party. In particular, the iconic red coat from the fox hunting set was a sport coat. This heavy, but practical, style was then worked over by Italian tailors to create something lighter and more versatile men could wear almost anywhere and still look stylish, yet less formal.

Remember that blazers are, basically, the middle ground between sport coats and suit jackets. This means that making them as versatile as possible is in your best interests, especially when starting your blazer collection. You can never go wrong with a crisp, classic, navy. It will pair well with semi-formal pants for events like daytime weddings. It also transitions just as easily into a casual look over jeans.

The fit does matter but blazers are a little bit more relaxed than formal suits. They typically have structured shoulders, so make sure these fit well, and consider a little tailoring through the rest of the jacket, too.

A suit jacket is usually made from superior fabrics to sport coats and blazers. Not because the others are inferior items in any way, but rather because the suit jacket, as part of a full suit, is designed for a different kind of wear. High-quality worsted wool is the most common suit jacket fabric, but you get luxury versions like mohair and even silk. Twill, gabardine, and corduroy are more unusual options.

Sport coats and blazers open up a whole new world in the male wardrobe, giving you a wide staging post between scruffy and formal. You no longer need to either wear a suit or go casual. You can work a business casual office like a pro, and look smart and put-together no matter where you roam. If you want to establish yourself as a powerful presence and a confident, elegant gentleman who owns a room and turns heads wherever he goes, you need a wardrobe to match.

In general, a traditional blazer is a great choice for business environments, formal functions (like weddings), and night events. If a suit could still be worn without looking too out of place, a blazer is the best bet. Sport coats will take you through day-to-day life, casual events, and day events. Wear a blazer to a dinner date and a sport coat to a coffee date.

Suits come as a pair that include the jacket and trouser, unless it is categorized as a suit separate. The suit jacket size is determined by the circumference measurement of the chest. Each suit is paired with trousers that are proportioned to fit your waist.

With each suit jacket coming as a set with a trousers, note that the waist size is 6'' inches average less than your chest measurement. For example, if your chest is a size 42'', then the trousers will be a size 36''.

But for many of us, the struggle is real, because OTR suits are made with generic body types in mind. More than likely, you do not fit the exact specifications that the clothing industry deems an "average" build. The last thing you want to do is hit up your local H&M or Express, haphazardly try on a suit that you think is your size, and be on your merry way.

Like most, you'll probably end up with a jacket and trousers several sizes too large and think it actually fits well. You don't want that. With a little bit of awareness of what to look for when shopping for a new blazer or complete suit, you'll increase your chances of striking gold with your next OTR purchase. The following article will explore: I. The fit of an OTR suit II. Color and fabric options III. Suit features to be aware of

If there's one aspect of an OTR suit that you want to fit flawlessly, it's the shoulders. The jacket should lay flat across your shoulders. The jacket's shoulder seam should end where your shoulder naturally ends. If it's too large, you'll look like you're a kid playing dress up. Too small, and you'll be struggling to move your arms.

One other thing you'll want to be on lookout for is something called a shoulder divot. Though not the worst thing in the world, it's unmistakable. Many modern suit jackets are cut to fit more snug with higher armholes. And since everybody's body type is different, if the arm holes and sleeve are not cut in proportion to your body and arms, then it will likely result in a shoulder divot.

The bottom line: While standing in your natural position, avoid any jackets with ill-fitting shoulders or visible shoulder divots. To learn more about shoulder divots, please click here.

The collar, like the shoulder is another area that should fit well from the get-go. There's one thing that's all too common when it comes to suit collars, it's the unsightly "collar gap" that you can never un-see. Many celebrities and very well dressed men have fallen victim. From tv show hosts to sports analysts, the collar gap doesn't discriminate. It's particularly noticeable on men with athletic builds and wide upper bodies. This can be caused by a variety of things like a flawed fit in the chest or shoulders or a jacket cut that's too short for your neck size.

Another cause can be due to incorrect posture. If you tend to slouch in your natural position, then wearing a jacket meant for someone with a straight posture can reveal the gap. Another common issue with collars is when a ball of fabric bunches up behind the neck, particularly when sitting down. This phenomenon is a bit complicated, but the causes and solutions are explained extremely well in an article by The Parisian Gentleman. View the article here. Though not impossible, it's difficult (and expensive) for a tailor to alter this area. If it doesn't fit well, move on to the next one.

The bottom line: Standing with your arms at your sides, the jacket collar should lay flat against your shirt collar, just as your shirt collar lays flat against the back of your neck. There should be no visible gaps or bunching behind the collar.

Get your shirt sleeve length right first. Because a wrong shirt sleeve length can throw off your suit sleeve length. This is an area that opinions vary. Some say the shirt should hit at the base of your wrist while others say it should hit on the wrist bone at the base of your pinky.

Now that you've got a proper shirt sleeve length, you'll want the suit sleeves to fall about a quarter to half-inch short of your shirt sleeve. Don't worry if the jacket sleeve is a bit long. It's an inexpensive alteration for a tailor to make. But do keep in mind that the sleeve buttons have to be non-functional for an easy alteration. Functional button holes, though not impossible to shorten the sleeves make it very difficult and expensive to alter. 041b061a72


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