How low should my sweater be?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Swagged, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Swagged

    Swagged Well-Known Member

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    Half way though the fly? Right below the belt loops? Above the loops? I ask because I find myself stuck between a size S or M. Sometimes medium is too big, and sometimes S is too small.

  2. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Mar 14, 2008
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    Can depend, to an extent, on the sort of sweater. For example, I think one can wear a cardigan somewhat longer than a pull-over sweater.

    In general, for pull-over sweaters, I want them to come down to at least my belt (or where the belt would be, if I'm not actually wearing a belt). At least. If the sweater can't make it down that far, it's absolutely too short.

    A little longer than may well be preferable.

    If I'm wearing a sweater under a sport coat, I'll probably lean toward a relatively short one (but still not so short as to fail to hit the belt line). Whereas a casual sweater worn without a jacket could go a little long.

    I can't honestly say that I ever consciously judge the length of a sweater, though. It's one of those things where I can put it on and just look at it, and know if it's okay, without having to consciously apply any actual test of length. Sort of how I don't need to consciously apply rules from color theory in order to tell if a particular tie goes with a shirt. The pre-conscious thought reaction is likely more reliable than carefully reasoned, left brain decision-making.

    FWIW, a sweater is one of those articles of clothing where I'd be far happier with it a little too long or large, than with it being a little to short or tight. Ideally, it should be neither too large, nor too short, of course. But with a sweater, if you simply can't get a perfect fit, better to err on the large side. Sweaters don't necessarily look bad when they're a little loose-fitting, and sweater sleeves can often be worn folded up at the cuff. Well, when you get right down to it, I suppose most types of men's clothing - if they can't fit perfectly (which is always best) - are better slight too long or roomy, than they are too short or tight. But particularly when it comes to sweaters.

  3. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Longer is better than too short and if you cannot find satisfaction in either, look elsewhere to another manufacturer.

  4. Mr Degausser

    Mr Degausser Member

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    Feb 11, 2014
    IMO, the longest I will go is to the end of my pants zipper; similar to the criteria used for untucked sport shirts

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