Hi Modsquad, I am not a tailor, but I'll do my best to describe "balance" through a quote from a random tailor's website: "A well-fitted suit is clearly recognisable: a perfect fit to the neck and shoulders, the back-bone and hip - a good overall balance." To me, balance is visible from the side in terms of how a suit hangs from the shoulders, the relationship between the front and back and how well it fits the torso. I'd argue that Cruise's suit is not exceptional in its balance per the Univision picture. That said, on looking a second time I can't say I am sure that the suit is buttoned. If it were open, the fit would obviously be VERY loose in the photo, but potentially better once buttoned. I would definitely defer to our master tailors (where is Mr. Logsdail when you need him? Mr. Beaman?) to do a better job of describing balance. EDIT 1: Here's a quote from G. Bruce Boyer on the basted fitting of a custom suit: The emphasis should be on proportion and a balanced torso shape in the coat. Click here
to see the original Cigar Aficionado article. EDIT 2: From the Kilgour website: "Balance : Adjustment of back and front lengths of a jacket to harmonise with the posture of a particular figure. Balance is very difficult to achieve in ready to wear clothing. Poor balance is often reflected in the jacket collar standing off the customer's neck.". Click here
for the link.