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5'4" Suit Length

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hiisociety, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. hiisociety

    hiisociety Well-Known Member

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    I'm new to proper fitting suit. All my suits are ill fit, because I was a broke student, now I working to rebuild my professional wardrobe.

    1) What is the proper jacket length for someone is is 5'4"?
    2) Where should the sleeve of a shirt land? The person who alter my shirts, think it should be below the wrist even with my request to have it end higher.

    Thanks in advance.
    J
     
  2. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    -Jacket length should cover your ass, at a minimum.


    -get a new tailor, because he is not doing what you want.
     
  3. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure that men who are 5'5" or shorter should not wear suits.


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  4. a tailor

    a tailor Well-Known Member

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    the sizes that are marked "short" are proportioned for a 5'4".
     
  5. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    the sizes that are marked "short" are proportioned for a 5'4".

    Is the use of the abbreviation "S" instead of "Short" or "Dwarfish" a clever marketing ploy?

    I ask because your username implies that you are a tailor.


    - B
     
  6. Tomasso

    Tomasso Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure that men who are 5'5" or shorter should not wear suits.
    Well........but they're kinds cute, No?


    [​IMG]
     
  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure that men who are 5'5" or shorter should not wear suits.

    Fuck you.
     
  8. Thread Killer

    Thread Killer Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure that men who are 5'5" or shorter should not wear suits.


    - B


    So what should short men wear? It's not like you see a lot of these in stores, unless you want to go bespoke.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    Well........but they're kinds cute, No?

    If you find yourself in a linear path connecting a cocktail to whnay., you would feel differently.

    Fuck you.

    Are you taking a Nay correspondence course?

    Maybe a suit jacket with raglan sleeves would work?

    So what should short men wear? It's not like you see a lot of these in stores, unless you want to go bespoke.

    Depends.

    In most normal circumstances, Rubinacci.

    In the particular circumstance of being chained to SoCal, nude.


    - B
     
  10. Matt S

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    2) Where should the sleeve of a shirt land? The person who alter my shirts, think it should be below the wrist even with my request to have it end higher.

    When unbuttoned with your arm at your side, the sleeve should extend a couple of inches past your wrist. When buttoned, the shirt cuff should be snug around your wrist so it won't slide down your hand. The extra length is there so your cuff stays in place as you bend your arm. Your cuff shouldn't ride up if you move your arm around.
     
  11. Dr.Teatime

    Dr.Teatime Well-Known Member

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    Fuck you.

    +1.
     
  12. Dr.Teatime

    Dr.Teatime Well-Known Member

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    As I understand it: when your arm is placed on your hip, 'akimbo'; the shirt cuff should end up, ~1.5 cm above the knuckle of your 5th finger. Your cuff should lay so that some (~1/4") shows below the sleeve of your jacket.

    The cuff can have some wiggle room if you wish for your wristwatch.

    Commments and clarifications from more senior members is of course appreciated.
     
  13. a tailor

    a tailor Well-Known Member

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    Is the use of the abbreviation "S" instead of "Short" or "Dwarfish" a clever marketing ploy?

    I ask because your username implies that you are a tailor.


    - B


    thats my stage name.
     
  14. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    the sizes that are marked "short" are proportioned for a 5'4".

    Really? I always find them at least an inch too long. I'm 5'4" and my coats are around 27" long, and this seems about right. Most OTR 'S' sizes seem to be 28" or longer. It seems they're made for people ~5'6" (give or take an inch at most), with 'R' sizes an inch longer for people ~5'8" and 'L' another inch longer for those ~5'10"+.
     
  15. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    Well........but they're kinds cute, No?


    [​IMG]


    Not of all us swing that way. But if you are happy [​IMG]
     
  16. jcriswel

    jcriswel Well-Known Member

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    I'm new to proper fitting suit. All my suits are ill fit, because I was a broke student, now I working to rebuild my professional wardrobe.

    1) What is the proper jacket length for someone is is 5'4"?
    2) Where should the sleeve of a shirt land? The person who alter my shirts, think it should be below the wrist even with my request to have it end higher.

    Thanks in advance.
    J


    To answer your specific question, proper jacket length is the same for everyone. The jacket should consume half of your silhouette (the distance from the top of your collar to the bottom of your shoes)
    plus or minus an inch depending on the proportions of leg length and torso height. If your jacket is too long, your trousers will not be balanced and you will look shorter.

    I disagree with the advice about short men not wearing suits. That's blatantly absurd. I do agree though one must proceed cautiously because most RTW clothing is designed for men taller than 5'4".
     
  17. XenoX101

    XenoX101 Well-Known Member

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    Or 5'2"..

    *cries*
     
  18. Despos

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    Really? I always find them at least an inch too long. I'm 5'4" and my coats are around 27" long, and this seems about right. Most OTR 'S' sizes seem to be 28" or longer. It seems they're made for people ~5'6" (give or take an inch at most), with 'R' sizes an inch longer for people ~5'8" and 'L' another inch longer for those ~5'10"+.

    28" is the "text book" length found by height in inches, 64", minus 8"= 56", divided by 2 = 28", but a 28" jacket length will not be correct for everyone who is 5'4" . Your proportions/preferences may need a jacket that is longer or shorter. Not every maker will use this formula and may make changes for "stylistic" purposes.
     
  19. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    Are you taking a Nay correspondence course?

    No, I was just getting to the point. Merry Christmas, by the way [​IMG].

    Maybe a suit jacket with raglan sleeves would work?

    Miles Davis went a step further and did seamless, so it's not an entirely ridiculous proposition.
     
  20. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    No, I was just getting to the point. Merry Christmas, by the way [​IMG].

    Happy New Year, my chum.


    - B
     

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