Every man should have at least one classy, high-quality suit in his wardrobe. Whether it’s for business, a special occasion or to simply look good, all men need at least one suit that will turn heads.
Now fellas, just because we say ‘classy’ and ‘high-quality’ doesn’t mean you need to rush to the nearest high-end designer boutique and drop two grand on a suit. We want quality, not necessarily brand name.
Don’t get us wrong, we love Burberry, Georgio Armani and Givenchy just as much as any person, but you can buy an unlabeled suit and have it tailor-made to fit the same if not better than the major designer suits. Suit resizing in Dallas can take an off-brand, not so trendy suit and transform it into a fashion-forward look that fits you perfectly without having to drop a ton of money.
Not sure what to look for or where to start? We’ve put together a quick guide to show you how you can find and resize the right suit in Dallas.
What makes a ‘good fit’
When on the hunt for a good suit, you should always start with your “natural stance.” Your natural stance means standing upright and straight with your arms relaxed at your side. When the suit is on it should never feel too loose or too tight. A good suit will hug gently to your body without being too tight, giving you room for movement.
Although some of us may slouch a bit, standing up straight is how we should be standing and is the foundation from which our movement stems. If your suit doesn’t fit in this position it’s likely that it won’t fit when you are moving around.
As you are trying on suits make sure you are standing in this position. Once a suit is on, examine the following areas and make sure the suit fits comfortably:
- The shoulders
If the shoulder of a suit fits well it will lay flat against you. The seam at top of the shoulder should be the same length as your shoulder bone underneath it and should meet the sleeve of the suit right at your socket where your arm meets your shoulder.
If the seams are off in any of these areas it is likely the suit will not sit properly on your body and will ultimately create wrinkles and lumps in the suit, making it look too big or baggy. Shoulders tend to be the most difficult area for a suit to fit so try and find a suit that works with your shoulders and tailor from there.
- The trouser break
The ‘trouser break’ is the small wrinkle that appears when the trouser can’t fall to its full length due to hitting the top of the shoe. Although it’s ok to have this, it should only be a slight wrinkle. The cuff should make contact at the top of your shoe but shouldn’t go beyond a slight contact. This is an easy adjustment for tailors to make so finding a perfect fitting hem doesn’t need to be as high of a priority.
- The closure
When you are standing and wearing a suit you should always have the jacket buttoned. When you are buttoning the jacket, it should button without showing any signs of strained material. The two sides of the jacket should meet neatly in the middle, without the lapels hanging off your body.
Taking in or letting out the sizing in the waist to help the jacket close more comfortably is not a difficult adjustment for a tailor but it is a job that has its limitations. If the jacket closure hasn’t been altered yet and it looks really bad, it’s probably due to an error in the waist measurement and you would be better off looking for a different jacket as opposed to altering that one.
- The jacket collar
A poorly fitted collar sticks out like a sore thumb and can be caused by a series of things, including inaccurate neck and shoulder sizing, or even a back panel that’s too small for your shoulders. A collar that’s too big will cause a large gap between the neck and the shirt. A tight collar tends to create bunching in the shirt and noticeably squeezes the neck.
A well-fitted collar should rest gently against your neck without significant gapping, giving you enough room for movement without looking too big or too small. The collar is another tricky area to fix so try to find a suit that has a well-fitting collar if possible so there aren’t extensive alterations needed.
- The seat
The buttocks portion of your suit should smoothly sit gently along the shape of your rear end without any wrinkles or U-shaped sags. The trousers should fit loosely against your boxers or briefs without pulling or tugging on them.
A tailor has no problem taking the seat of the pants in so if you find a suit try to find pants that are looser as opposed to snug as it is easier to take the pants in.
- The sleeve length
The general guideline is that about a half an inch of your shirt cuff should be visible beyond the jacket cuff. The jacket should never entirely hide the shirt as it will look too big but it also should avoid showing too much of the shirt as it will look too small.
For most men, the jacket cuff falls just above the large wrist bone but everyone’s arms are slightly different, and sleeve length is a very easy adjustment for a tailor to make.
- The jacket length
A good suit or sports jacket should drape over the top of a man’s buttocks and stop at the point where his butt starts to curve back inward. If the hem of the jacket is sitting above the butt, it’s too short and tends to flare out a bit. If the hem falls past the buttocks entirely the suit is too long and will look baggy and sloppy.
This alteration is one that can be done easily but if you go too far you’ll cause the suit to look out of proportion with the other hems and accent pieces like the pockets.
The bottom line is you need to be in a suit that you not only feel good in, but look good in and suit resizing in Dallas will accomplish that. Following these simple steps when shopping for a suit will make your life, and your tailors life, much easier and will guarantee you a perfectly fitted suit.