• There are men for whom buying a blazer is a matter of price alone, and they sacrifice a proper fit. You need not be this kind of man. Knowing how to determine blazer fit, as well as sport coat or suit jacket fit takes only a little time and minimal effort, with a big dividend of knowledge and style.
So, before you buy your next suit or sport coat, learn how to determine blazer fit. Here’s how…
Measuring for blazer fit
Measuring to determine blazer fit is a matter of measuring your chest and knowing your shirt sleeve length. You’ll need to obtain a tailor’s or seamstress’ soft measuring tape if you want to know how to determine blazer fit. You could try to use a contractors metal spooled tape, but you’ll be off by inches. First, measure your chest by wrapping the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest just below your arms. Doing this yourself is easy and helps determine blazer fit when you extend your shoulder blades as you hold the tape. You will now have a jacket size you can use to begin trying on blazers or suit jackets in a men’s shop.
Where the cuff should rest
The jacket cuff should never rest against the back of your hand, and it should never touch the base of your palm. The truth is, this is a blazer and not an item of outerwear that you use to protect yourself against the elements. A suit jacket or blazer cuff should end a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch before reaching your hand. This allows you to wear a long-sleeve dress shirt without the two cuffs competing for movement.
How much shirt sleeve to show
Unbeknownst to most men, the shirt cuff is meant to be seen just a little. The amount, however, varies from a quarter to one-half inch of shirt cuff. This does not mean you should by a shirt with longer sleeves. The shirt cuff should fit your arm properly and rest just at the base of your palm. You may have to have the jacket sleeves altered to achieve this look, which is a minor cost compared to the life and usage you will get from a properly fitted jacket.