Men’s Style Mondays: Well-Suited

Real men know their size, and an ill-fitting suit can be somewhat of a tragedy. Here are some basic tips on how a business suit should fit on a man, according to Esquire’s Handbook of Style:

1. The jacket’s shoulder pads are supposed to fit on your shoulder. If they droop off and leave dents in the cloth, the jacket’s too big. Go down a size.

2. The jacket’s sleeves should never reach farther than the point where the base of the thumb meets the wrist. If they do, go down a size.

3. You do not need enough room in your jacket to house a family of raccoons. Go down two sizes.

4. Pants should touch the shoes with only an inch of cloth to spare. Anything more should be taken up.

Check list before you make that purchase:

  • High/smaller armholes
  • Narrower sleeves
  • A slight silhouette at the torso
  • Nothing too baggy at the crotch
  • No creases or ripples radiating from the single fastened button
  • No puckering of the collar
  • Bottom hem of the jacket should be level with your knuckles (or, just long enough to cover your rear)

Something like Goldie Locks, get it right:

These are rules every guy should follow. Trust me, the little details can make all the difference. I’ve also been taught to avoid buying pleated pants at my resale store job, because they aren’t fashionable anymore.

Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the next Men’s Style Monday!


Excerpts from Esquire’s The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good