Whether you’re buying your first suit or refreshing an old one, our handy fit guide will show you just what to look out for when you’re shopping, so you’ll find a suit that fits you flawlessly.
The trouser break refers to where your trouser hem touches your shoes. This break should just brush the top of your shoe all the way around the ankle. Alternatively, choose a shorter length for a cropped and more modern look to your suit pants.
Look for suit jackets that are slightly nipped in at the waist. This prevents your suit looking boxy and creates a look of a sleek, V-shaped torso underneath.
Make sure your jacket’s sleeve hem finishes where your thumb bone meets your wrist. You’ll know the length is right if your jacket sleeves leave around half an inch of your shirt showing underneath.
The hem of your suit jacket should just about cover the pockets of your trousers. If you’re a little taller, longer length fits will give you that extra bit of length to ensure the hem sits in the right place.
The chest of your jacket should have a fairly close fit. If you place your hand under your jacket when it’s buttoned up, and you struggle to fit your hand underneath, it’s too tight. If your hand fits beneath the jacket without too much excess space, you know it’s just right.