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Shoulder sizes on a suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jaygatsby28, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Jaygatsby28

    Jaygatsby28 Senior member

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    I know shoulder sizes have been addressed in past posts, however there has never been listed a definitive measure for how far shoulder pads should extend beyond your actual (natural) shoulders.

    I was recently told that shoulders on a suit should never protrude more than half an inch past your natural shoulders. What are your opinions on this? I generally like a more slim fit in the shoulders as I am a skinny but athletic guy.

    I am really interested in all of your opinions on this subject as (I have been told and read in many columns on this forum) that shoulders matter first for a great fit.

    Thanks!
     


  2. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    sounds right to me. 1/2 inch or less. do you think that's wrong?
     


  3. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    They shouldn't protrude beyond the outer line of your arm, really. If you have big arms but narrowish shoulders, you'll need shoulders that extend out a bit so the sleeves can hang straight past your triceps.
     


  4. Faded501s

    Faded501s Senior member

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    sounds right to me. 1/2 inch or less.

    +1
     


  5. The Doctor

    The Doctor Senior member

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    If you have a softer more natural shoulder on the jacket you can get away with a little more, than if it was a sharp square shoulder.
     


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