Proper dress shirt sleeve length

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by acarlton, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. acarlton

    acarlton Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, that's what I was worried about in the first place, but if it shrinks up a little bit, then there may not be as much extra slack. It is definitely bunching at the cuff a bit right now.
     


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    A little bunching looks better than no bunching. Consider also how it will look against a jacket sleeve. If it's too short, you won't show any cuff.
     


  3. acarlton

    acarlton Well-Known Member

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    True. I guess I need to just accept the fact that this is an imperfect science, until I'm ready to pay for MTM.
     


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    I can get sleeves shortened for about $7. It's not a big deal if you buy a shirt and decide later that the sleeves are too long. Just get them shortened later.

    Despite all the advice you can take in, trial and error still seems to be the best way to find out what works for you.
     


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    mine's about an inch past my wrist bone.
     


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    acarlton Well-Known Member

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    Hmm. I wear mine precisely at or maybe an 1/8th of an inch shy of my wrist bone. An inch from the V your thumb and finger make? That seems wrong to me, or I must be measuring from the wrong place, or I have very large hands (which I've never been told). An inch would be well beyond my wrist bone. I think the cuff can (perhaps should just) touch your palm, but it certainly shouldn't cover any of it.

    But maybe this is why I have to have my coat sleaves taken up when I otherwise fit near perfectly in a 42R jacket.
     


  9. acarlton

    acarlton Well-Known Member

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    This is w/ the sleeve unbottoned by the way... I'm going to wash the shirt a few times, and see how it fits w/ the suit I'm getting back from the tailor next week and go from there. The salesman at Brooks Brothers assured me that the jacket sleeve was being measured to fit a 36" sleeved shirt...we'll see about that though
     


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    An inch above the V of with it UNBUTTONED.
     


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    It should reach until the root of the thumb as explained in detail in the Sleeve Length Guide .
     


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    sygyzy Senior member

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    When you guys are talking about where your sleeves sit on your wrists/hands are you talking about arms straight down to the side? Elbows bent on a table? Over your head? Hugging yourself?
     


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    Ivar Senior member

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    Traditionally, the length of the shirt sleeves is much up to individual preference: some people prefer them rather short (which looks best when standing, IMO), and some people prefer them considerably longer (which is arguably more comfortable when bending your arm). What is not negotiable, however, is the relationship between the shirt sleeves and the jacket sleeves. Here, established custom has it that the shirt cuffs should extend no less than 0.25 inch and no more than 0.75 inch below the jackes sleeves.
     


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    Ok perfect. That really helps. If I have a partner measure my arms for sleeve length, should I measure to the V (thumb and index), top of my wrist bone, or the crease where the arm and hand meet?
     


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    I like mine to end about half an inch below the wrist bone. But as I said, it's up to your own preference.
     


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