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How Long Should Your Suit Jacket Be?

When it comes to wearing a suit, the details make all the difference. One often overlooked yet crucial element is the length of your suit jacket. Get it right, and you’ll exude confidence and style. Get it wrong, and you risk looking unbalanced and awkward. Let's delve into the details and clear up some common misconceptions.

The Traditional Length

Traditionally, your suit jacket should cover your seat—that is, your butt. This classic length ensures a balanced and elegant look.

The Cuffing Rule

A straightforward rule of thumb is if you can comfortably cuff the bottom of your jacket, it's likely the right length for you. However, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. For men with particularly long arms, cuffing the jacket might result in a jacket that’s too long.

Adjustments for Sports Jackets

Sports jackets often benefit from being slightly shorter than traditional suit jackets. This adjustment gives them a sportier and more casual appearance, suitable for various less formal settings.

Ensuring the Proper Buttoning Point

For single-breasted jackets, ensure the buttoning point aligns with your waistband. If the jacket is too short, the buttoning position will sit too high on your torso, disrupting the overall balance.

Tailoring for Different Body Types

  1. For Shorter Guys: Occasionally, we crop the jacket slightly to elongate the legs visually.
  2. For Taller Guys: The traditional length that covers the seat and crotch usually works best.

By keeping these guidelines in mind, you can ensure your suit jacket fits perfectly and enhances your overall appearance. 


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