Nothing says gentleman than a man dressed in a well-adjusted suit. You turn heads and stand out in a room without even saying a single word. If you’re budget-conscious, you can easily get that affordable off-the-rack suit and get it fitted by a tailor. But you should know what is and isn’t a good fit to make sure you get value for your money.

What to look out for in a good fitting suit

  1. The shoulder should lie flat.
  2. The seat should smoothly drape over your rear end.
  3. The trouser break should be subtle.
  4. The jacket closure should meet neatly.
  5. The jacket sleeve length should let half an inch of your shirt visible.
  6. The jacket hem should be around the middle of your hand.
  7. The jacket collar should rest against the shirt’s collar.

Which suits to avoid at all cost

That said, there are limits to what tailors can do. They can’t make miracles when a suit’s core structure is not compatible with your body. According to The Art of Manliness, there are 4 “bad fit” signs that tell you that suit you’re contemplating just isn’t right for you:

  • The Dreaded X-Shaped Button Strain
  • Shoulder Divots & Upper Arm Wrinkles
  • Shoulder Wrinkles — Top Rumpling
  • Twisted Sleeves — Bad Sleeve Pitch

For explanations and images of each of these recommendations, check out The Art of Manliness’ post.

SOURCE: The Art of Manliness

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