- Apr 10, 2011
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I read this once in an issue of Esquire (it may have been GQ) like twenty years ago and I didn't understand it. I can't imagine how a suit jacket can be made such that you can't fit a fist under the lapel. A suit jacket isn't going to be a vacuumed seal bodysuit. You're always going to be able to fit a fist inside.Well, I mean, I used a tennis ball because isn't the standard for when wearing a suit jacket that you can just fit a fist under the lapel to size it?
Tailors use certain measurements and formulas, which help them determine the desired amount of room underneath the jacket. This creates the silhouette. If you have a chest that measures 39" around, then you're between a small and medium in modern, conventional sizing. A 38 chest is small; a 40 is medium. If a jacket runs slim, then you probably want to try the medium. If a jacket runs roomy, then you may want to try the small.