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Menswear Sizing And Fit Guide

Menswear Sizing And Fit Guide

How important is knowing your size and fit? Well, the fit of a suit is its most crucial aspect, since it decides the rest of the suit's appearance, style, and comfort.

Keep in mind is that a perfect fit is often the difference between looking good and looking your absolute best.

To get the very most out of your apparel, be check out our menswear style guide!

One of the biggest problems that men have when buying clothes (and especially when buying clothes online) centers around their knowledge of their own sizing and fit.

The "Standard"

To add to the confusion, there is no such thing as a "standard" for men's sizing, and different brands will use different sizing systems and they will provide you with size charts that aren't all exactly the same.

There are some things common to all sizing guides (or at least most them).

Most sizing guides use increments of 2 inches per size, so the next size up from a 30 waist will almost always be a 32, then a 34, then a 36, and so on.

Generally speaking, the same parts of the body are used in almost all sizing charts, including the chest, waist, inseam, outseam, sleeve, and collar.

Measurement Guide

Here at dolce vita MEN, we use a simple combination of chest, midsection, and height measurements to determine your suit sizing:

First we measure your chest at its widest point.
Second we measure your midsection at its widest point.

After we get your chest and midsection numbers, its a simple matter of measuring your height to determine your jacket and sleeve length:

(S) Short ranges from 5'4" to 5'7" (162cm to 170cm)
(R) Regular ranges from 5'7" to 6'1" (170cm to 185cm)
(L) Long ranges from 6'1" to 6'5" (185cm to 195cm) 

Getting your measurements can be done alone, but its much easier with another person.

If you don't feel comfortable taking your own measurements by yourself and you're in our area, we can help!

Tapering Guide

How closely your suit jacket fits to your torso is known as the suit's "tapering":

Ultra Slim Fit

The Alfredo is a great example of a premium quality ultra-slim fit.

Ultra-Slim Fits (also called Skinny-fit) feature suits with the highest amount of tapering, which means the jacket's cut is tighter at the midsection.

They also usually have shorter, narrower sleeves and shorter jackets than slim fit suits, making them more appropriate for casual events than formal attire. 

Ultra-slim fit jackets usually feature an approximate chest width of between 34 and 42 inches.

Slim Fit

This three-piece suit is a great example of a slim-fit.

Slim-Fits feature tapering and an overall appearance that's similar to skinny-fits, but with more traditionally styled sleeves and a longer jacket length.

This makes them more appropriate for formal events than skinny-fit suits. 

Slim-fit jackets usually feature an approximate chest width of between 34 and 48 inches.

Tailor Fit

Tailor fit suits strike a balance between modern and slim.

Tailor-Fits feature the mid-range of dimensions, and are popular in both professional and casual events, and are easier to move around in than slim or skinny fit suits.

Tailored fit suits are known for their timeless, neutral stylings and the blending of old and modern designs. 

Tailor-Fit jackets usually feature a chest width of between 40 and 56 inches.

Modern Fit

Modern fit suits are among the most common and versatile.

Modern-Fit (also called Classic-fit or Regular-fit) feature dimensions similar to tailor-fit suits, but with a more modern style and slightly more breathing room.

Like tailor-fits, they are versatile and can be worn for a wide range of outings. 

Modern-Fit jackets usually feature a chest width of between 40 and 62 inches.

"The Drop"

When you buy a suit from off the rack, that suit's pants size is usually 6 inches smaller than the accompanying jacket's size. 

So, if you buy a size 38 jacket, that jacket's matching pants will have a size of 32 (since 38 - 6 = 32).

This number 6 is called the "drop", since tailors "drop" 6 inches from the size of the jacket to get this number.

Unlike suit jackets, dress pants have a much wider range of appropriate fits and styles for different occasions, meaning there are less rules to remember when fitting into them.

As long as they aren't too baggy or tight fitting, there are no right or wrong ways to wear your dress pants.

Sleeve Length

During your search for the perfect fitting suit, you will often see an "S", "R", or "L" next to the suit jacket's chest size (like 36S, 39R, or 44L).

These letters refer to the sleeve length of the matching suit jacket, with "S" standing for "short", "R" standing for "regular", and "L" standing for "long".

  • Men who are between 5'7'' and 6'1'' would probably look best in an "Regular" sleeve length jacket. 

  • Men who are between 6'1'' and 6'4'', whose arms are usually longer, would fit better into an "Long" length sleeve.

  • Men who are shorter than 5'7'', whose arms are usually shorter, would look best in an "Short" length sleeve. 

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