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I went to Brookes Brothers today to try on their "Slim Fit" line. (Didn't seem very slim to me, but I digress.) Anyway, the salesman measured me and said I was a 34" sleeve size. When I tried the shirt on, it seemed that the cuff pulled way too far (well over an inch) behind my wrist as a bent my arm. The salesman said it was fine, but it didn't seem right to me. He measured me with my arm hanging straight down. I was always under the impression that one was measured with his arm bent, hand on the waist with the elbow close to a 90 degree angle. I'm I right about this? Am I just crazy? Sorry for the long post, but I was just wondering.
post #2 of 4
I've always measured my sleeve length with my arm straight down at my side. I think, to a certain extent, cuff length is a matter of personal preference. I like my shirt sleeves on the long side, while I generally ask my tailor to cut my suit jacket sleeves a quarter inch shorter than they first measure. I guess I like to show a bit more cuff than many people.
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I've always measured my sleeve length with my arm straight down at my side. I think, to a certain extent, cuff length is a matter of personal preference. I like my shirt sleeves on the long side, while I generally ask my tailor to cut my suit jacket sleeves a quarter inch shorter than they first measure. I guess I like to show a bit more cuff than many people.
I always read that the rule was that at least ½ inch of cuff should show. On some of my jacket, you can see almost that much, and on others you can see a bit less. I think it looks a lot better that just ½ or 1/8 (or nothing at all) of the cuff showing. What is the point of cufflinks if you can't see them when you raise or cross your arms? Jon.
post #4 of 4
Nope - you are not crazy. The sleves have to be measured with the elbow bent. This is just an example of how uninformed sales staff are, even at BB. B
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