One of the most important components to consider when choosing a formal suit is the length. Along with the shoulders and chest size, the length of a mens suit can be the difference between a stylish look and a sloppy one. Here is an easy guide to determine the proper length of a suit according to your body type.
Designer suits come in all shapes and sizes. However a suit jacket that is too big is an eye sore. According to GQís, How to Buy a Suit guide, when your arms are relaxed at your sides, you should be able to cup your fingers under the bottom edge of your jacket. Almost a half- inch should show below your jacket cuff. If youíre wearing one of the shorter suits that are in style today, the jacket should reach about an inch beyond the cuff of your suit sleeve. Most tailors measure from your thumb tips.
In addition to the length of the suit jacket, the length of your dress pants is equally important. Your pants should touch your shoes and have a medium break. This look is the industry standard and especially suitable for men of average height. A tailor can adjust the length of your pants to touch midway between the top of your shoes and the top of your sole.
If you are a short man, donít wear a longer suit. It will make your legs appear even shorter. According to GQ, the best thing to do is purchase a short-length suit. Whether it is business suit or a wedding suit, GQ recommends a few tips that will help you look taller: 1) Show some cuff to lengthen the appearance of your arms, and 2) purchase pant legs with very little break. For the tall man, however, donít show too much cuff. In addition, ask for a good amount of break in your pants, so that your legs donít appear even longer. To achieve the best results, make sure you visit a tailor. Tailored suits provide a clean and fit look that is always in style.