Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Long and the Short of It- Part Two

I seem to be on a fit kick right now. I did a post several weeks ago regarding the trends in jacket length. (Which, by the way, you should not follow if you are walking into a boardroom or giving a presentation. In those cases, make sure your tushy is fully covered.) This past Sunday's post talked about the size of your shirt collar.  Today I'm going to give you a little tutorial on jacket sleeve length. Because, on the GQ Eye blog, I saw this:

No no noooooooo!
 Mr. Mark Sanchez needs a good couple inches chopped off his jacket sleeve.  See how it bunches and covers part of his hand? It looks sloppy, and just like when your shirt collar is too big, it appears thrifty--like daddy gave you his old jacket to help get your wardrobe started.

Depending on the size of your hands and client preference, your sleeve should stop somewhere between 3 3/4" and 4" up from the tip of your thumb. Of course, you can't measure this on yourself, but a good tailor or quality retail sales associate should know this. When you are fitted, and stand straight in the mirror with arms at your sides, make sure you can see about 1/4" of your shirt sleeve beyond the jacket sleeve. Like this great shot off of Men's Club:

Yes yes yeeeeeeessss!

1 comment:

  1. I guess I never thought about an actual number that is associated with the length of the sleeve. A hard number like you said is invaluable to me. Thanks for the tip!