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Sleeve Length: Sport Coat/Blazer vs. Suit Coat

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Is the sleeve length of a sport coat / blazer suppose to be the same length as a suit coat?

I just purchased an E. Zegna sport coat that is being tailored. The sleeve length just covered my shirt sleeves. I was going to have them shortened but the tailor and the Zegna sales rep (Nieman Marcus @ The Westchester) said it looked good. When I inquired, they said it is looks good for a sport coat or blazer to have slightly longer sleeves than a suit coat.

Thank you for your comments in advance.
post #2 of 13
Perhaps they assumed you would sometimes want to wear it with a short sleeved shirt?
post #3 of 13
I don't think there's any logic in assuming blazer sleeves should be longer than in suit jacket. I stick with half an inch of the shirt cuffs for both.
post #4 of 13
My suit coats and sport coats all measure the same distance from the end of my thumb. I wear them with a lot of the same shirts so it only makes sense, at least to me, that they should be the same length.

Cheers, Jim.
post #5 of 13
This may be an over generalization, but sales people and tailors tend to suggest overly long jacket sleeve length. Many times you have to insist on showing the cuff. I think showing cuff is applicable to both suit jackets and sportscoats/blazers. But if you want a jacket in your wardrobe that doesn't show cuff, that's cool too.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by JimInSoCalif View Post
My suit coats and sport coats all measure the same distance from the end of my thumb. I wear them with a lot of the same shirts so it only makes sense, at least to me, that they should be the same length.

Cheers, Jim.

Agreed.
post #7 of 13
it costs the store money to have the sleeve shortened.
thats the simple answer.
post #8 of 13
Stores tend to want to leave sleeves and pants longer. It is common for me to have a little back and forth with a tailor at a Dept store to get the sleeves or pants the length I like.

I try and wear a jacket or tailored pants (vs. jeans) when I have clothing marked so I can show what I like using my current clothing as reference.
post #9 of 13
The last time I had pants tailored in a department store, the tailor made them more than an inch longer than I had wanted and made the cuff a half inch small. You would be better off taking your alterations to a real tailor.
post #10 of 13
Sometimes I'll have a sport coat with slightly longer sleeves, especially if it's a summer jacket. I'm not saying that I don't regret some of those, but sleeves tailored to show the right amount of cuff look really dumb when worn with short sleeves.

But, yes-- department store tailors (including the one at Louis Boston) seem to prefer sleeves and trouser legs much too long.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your replies. Since the jacket was 50% off, I was paying for the alterations. So it confused me even more when I questioned their agreement on the length.

I decided to let them do the other minor tailoring required and then take it to my tailor to shorten the sleeves.

All the best!
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
You would be better off taking your alterations to a real tailor.

It's good advice especially when there is a sale going on. The added volume of work for tailors at retail stores seems to lead to more errors.
post #13 of 13
I, too, have been frustrated by department store tailors hemming both pants and jacket sleeves much too long.
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