How’s The Fit? A Simple Guide To Suit Sizes

how a suit fits above the ankles

We all want to look good, we always hear people say; “It’s all about the fit” but what does that actually mean. The only time you really have an excuse for not wearing a nicely fitted suit is in school. Once you leave education you should really know how to buy clothes that are fitted well and look great. Your suits are the most important part of your wardrobe, people can tell a lot about you based on how the quality of your suit and how well it fits.


When it comes to buying a suit online or in store, you need to buy your size. Don’t be tempted to buy a suit that’s on sale for a great price but its a 38L and your only 5″10. If you’re short make sure you buy short sizes, if you’re tall then buy the tall/long sizes. I know it can be hard to say no sometimes but if they don’t have your size, walk away or close that tab.

Sleeve Length

how a suit fits above the ankles

This is one that people over look too often, if you’re shopping in store then put the suit on and check the sleeve length, if you’re online then check the sizing guides to see how many inches the arms are. There are some basic rules:

1. The end of the sleeve should rest in the area where the bottom of your thumb meets your wrist.

2. When your arms are by your side your knuckles should be in line with the bottom of your suit jacket.


Wide shoulders are just terrible, everyone hates a suit that’s just too wide for the person wearing it. I advise everyone to get measured by a tailor and know the width of your shoulders. The shoulders of your blazer need to end at your shoulders.

How Tight

To know if your suit jacket is too tight, slide your hand into your suit under your lapels, check how it feels. If you can slide your hand in and out with ease then you know it fits well. Do your buttons up, if you can’t breathe freely then the jacket doesn’t fit you. If your suit is too tight then you will feel uncomfortable and you won’t get the results you want.

Two Or Three Buttons

Whether you want to wear a two or three buttoned suit it’s completely irrelevant. There are obviously some rules when it comes to buttons. If you’re wearing a three buttoned blazer then make sure the middle button is just above your belly button. However, if its the general two buttoned suit then the top button should be just above it.


how a suit fits above the ankles

The way trousers fits are just entirely up to you, it depends on your style. For me, a good fitting trouser shouldn’t be too loose that someone could put their arm up your trousers and go all the way up to your bits. It also shouldn’t be too tight that you keep ripping your trousers every time you bend down. They should also be cut above your ankles to show off your socks or your ankles.


The most important thing without a doubt when it comes to wearing a suit is the way it fits. Obviously when you’re just an average joe with some loose change like me then you can’t really go to the tailor and get a bespoke suit. So what do you do? You try your absolute best to meet as many of these requirements as possible!

Sounds like a lot of work? When people can’t stop complimenting you, it will all be worth it.

how a suit fits above the ankles

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