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Jackets - proper length?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by claudiostyle, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. claudiostyle

    claudiostyle New Member

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    Who can tell me the right length of a jacket without being too long or too short
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    I am going to move this to Menswear Advice, but the general guideline is that the jacket should both truncate your body into halves, and also cover your butt. In nearly all cases, these are not incompatible one with the other, unless you have a very unusual body type, in which case, you probably need a tailor to make you look balanced.
     
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  3. AldridgePrior

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    I was kinda wondering about this too so thanks for the above. I have just bought a sports jacket and I think I've got it right. As sad as it seems, I kinda tried to imitate some of the guys modelling these things on the particular clothing websites. If an item sat a certain way then that must be the way it should be.
    The impression being that they know what is right and what isn't because if they didn't they wouldn't be in business.

    I'm new so go easy on me [​IMG]. I'll get there.[​IMG]
     
  4. LA Guy

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    A lot of modern jackets are quite a bit shorter than what has traditionally been considered a good range. Of course, we have also had periods in which jackets were rather longer (1920s, 1980s), so it's scarcely like the norms don't change. They typically don't change as much as women's hemlines, but they do change, and quite a bit.
     
  5. Orsini

    Orsini Well-Known Member

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    Half the distance from the collar to the deck.
     
  6. Alpha11

    Alpha11 Well-Known Member

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    To determine the proper length of a jacket you will need to measure from the collar of your jacket to the bottom of the coat that will give you one number. For example the coller ( base of the coller) to the tail of the coat/jacket is 32. Then from the bottom of the coat/jacket to the floor or your heel will give you another number. For example 33 or 31. Those numbers should be as close to a 50/50 split as possible so, your measurements would look like 32/33 that would be a good length. However if those numbers or like 32/36 then you would have a jacket/coat that is either too long or too short.
     
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  7. LA Guy

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    While this is a fie way to do it, it doesn't really take into account the specific shape of the wearer's body, the cut of the jacket and the pants, etc... I think that the "mirror" test is the only really good one. I think that roughly 50/50 is good for most guys, but if you have an very long torso, or very long legs, etc... that the proportions need to be adjusted accordingly.
     

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