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The right sleeve length? you decide! (picture included)

post #1 of 14
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Hello all,

My first step was to get into proper chest and waist sizing for shirts, but lately i started thinking about proper sleeve size. I have read about how to measure sleeve length, but I find this very tricky. I think its better to test with a shirt from which you measured or know the sleeve size.
Then the question arises, what is the ideal length?

Hereby I will post a picture. If you would sit like the guy in the picture, would your shirt sleeve go up like shown (you can see is watch clearly)? or do you still like the cuff to stay at the wrist position? Let us know.

post #2 of 14
Forget the sleeve length, I'd tell him to get a new tie, and to wipe that stupid grim from his face.
post #3 of 14
i kind of like that tie, just not with that suit
post #4 of 14
I don't have a problem with the tie and I think he carries the look well. His shirt sleeve is the correct length also in my opinion. If your sleeves are so long that they remain at your wrist when your arms are bent it will cause a problem. Mainly that when you bent your arms, your jacket sleeves will ride up, your shirt sleeves will remain at your wrist, exposing your entire cuff and gauntlet area. Then you stand up or put your arms back down, the jacket sleeve will catch on your cuff. Also it would be really troublesome to look at your watch.
post #5 of 14
I just placed my arms in the same way as his. My shirt sleeve exposes my watch similarly.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
After folding back some cuffs of my shurts and playing around, I have to come to the conclusion that I indeed have many shirts that have a too long sleeve length. I think it looks much better when the sleeves are at a length like shown in the picture.

It is strange that never somebody in a shop did tell me as they always want to give you advice. I have a lot of shirts from which the shirt sleeve is 2 inches too long. I am going to let them change to the proper length soon...

I guess the lesson I learned is that you better check yourself for the fit than listen to the advice, at least... in most shops.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
Forget the sleeve length, I'd tell him to get a new tie, and to wipe that stupid grim from his face.

a little respect please. this is the ceo of the candy striper inc.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
Forget the sleeve length, I'd tell him to get a new tie, and to wipe that stupid grim from his face.

I would not wear it myself either. For me its taking too much attention. But perhaps a different look is what he was after.
post #9 of 14
Honestly I would tell him to learn a full Windsor. It is really a matter of taste but the a symmetry just...grates on my nerves. But classy move with the french cuffs.
post #10 of 14
Ignoring the design of the tie, he does carry his suit perfectly.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Magman View Post
Honestly I would tell him to learn a full Windsor. It is really a matter of taste but the a symmetry just...grates on my nerves. But classy move with the french cuffs.

Full windsor especially with that thick of a tie would look really way too big, IMO. Symmetry is boring sometimes, I think he chose the right knot though I might have knotted it a little bit more snugly.
post #12 of 14
I agree with everything StopPolloition said. And if he is the ceo of a candy company, the tie is just about perfect! To me, it invokes images of lollipops and other goodies.
post #13 of 14
I think that with a little work and patience you can bring the size of most Windsors down substantially (tighten and re tighten etc.) maybe we the exception of some miraculously thick ties. But he is an Italian willy wonka indeed.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Magman View Post
Honestly I would tell him to learn a full Windsor. It is really a matter of taste but the a symmetry just...grates on my nerves. But classy move with the french cuffs.
I don't know if it's the asymmetry - I can imagine a windsor being huge with that, even with appropriate tightening. I have issue with a) the positioning of the dimple, although I wouldn't throw him out of my house for it and b) the ridiculou pattern. You can't wear a vertical striped tie with a pinstripe suit. Get solid/patterned/at most repp stripe. Sleeves seem fine to me, or perhaps at most a half inch short. It's hard to tell without mimicking that image, I guess, since we're so used to seeing the arm relaxed at the side. Just my two cents.
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