How to Know If a Suit Fits Properly

Learn how to tell if a suit fits properly from Louis Purple menswear boutiques founder Charles Brunold in this Howcast video.


Hello I'm Charles, we are at Louis Purple in New York and I'm here to tell you a few tips in order to know if a suit fits right. So, the first thing you want to look at when judging a suit is how it fits on your shoulder. So it should be really exact. If a suit is too tight on the shoulders or too wide, the overall look of the suit is going to be pretty much destroyed. There are a lot of right fits for a suit, depending on whether you want to wear an extreme tight fit and you like to have the suit pretty much painted on, or if you want like more of a relaxed look, there are various things to take into consideration. What we're going to be talking about here is like the general, classic slim-fit look that you can find, for example, in our store. First thing you look at, like I said, is the shoulder line. You want it to fit right, not too snug, not too relaxed.

Then you go down and look at the button stance. You don't want it to be too high and depending on whether you're a tall person or more on the shorter end, you probably notice that nowadays we don't see any more 3-button suits and men usually like to go for a 2-button notch lapel. That's the most conservative type. Bringing down the first button is going to help us enhance your silhouette and make you look taller for people that are on the shorter side. Then lets talk about how fitted a suit should be. On a daily basis we have people coming here and really asking us to remove any extra fabric from the suit and that's not really the right approach in my opinion, because whenever a suit is too fitted you have like, the button pulling and creating this like "x"-shaped mark and usually it's a good indicator that a suit is too tight on you. About the sleeve lengths now, on the jacket the right length is that you just allow a little bit of the shirt to show. Probably about a quarter of an inch or 1cm if you like the metric system like me. Let's talk about the trousers now. If you like to have a fitted jacket, you don't want to have baggy looking pants. And you want to go for like a slim, tapered look for the trousers, with a minimum amount of break on the trousers. When I say "break" I talk about how the trousers sit on top of the shoe. So there are different ways to wear it, depending on your personality and the kind of image you want to project.

You can go with a no-break type of look, where it's barely hitting the shoe. So, it's actually not hitting the shoe and when you walk around the sock is going to show. Otherwise you can go with like a pretty limited amount of break, that's probably the most conservative look and the most widespread. Bottom line, in order to know if a suit fits, you just want to look at the silhouette. You step back a little bit and look from a distance whether the fit on the shoulders is right, the nice tapered shape across the waist is there, and then the proportions of the jacket. That's the most easy way to know if the suit fits well. You shouldn't look at it from too close of an angle.

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