Sleeve Length: Sport Coat/Blazer vs. Suit Coat

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  1. C.G.

    C.G. New Member

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    Is the sleeve length of a sport coat / blazer suppose to be the same length as a suit coat?

    I just purchased an E. Zegna sport coat that is being tailored. The sleeve length just covered my shirt sleeves. I was going to have them shortened but the tailor and the Zegna sales rep (Nieman Marcus @ The Westchester) said it looked good. When I inquired, they said it is looks good for a sport coat or blazer to have slightly longer sleeves than a suit coat.

    Thank you for your comments in advance. [​IMG]
     


  2. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Perhaps they assumed you would sometimes want to wear it with a short sleeved shirt?
     


  3. neon

    neon Active Member

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    I don't think there's any logic in assuming blazer sleeves should be longer than in suit jacket. I stick with half an inch of the shirt cuffs for both.
     


  4. JimInSoCalif

    JimInSoCalif Senior member

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    My suit coats and sport coats all measure the same distance from the end of my thumb. I wear them with a lot of the same shirts so it only makes sense, at least to me, that they should be the same length.

    Cheers, Jim.
     


  5. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    This may be an over generalization, but sales people and tailors tend to suggest overly long jacket sleeve length. Many times you have to insist on showing the cuff. I think showing cuff is applicable to both suit jackets and sportscoats/blazers. But if you want a jacket in your wardrobe that doesn't show cuff, that's cool too.
     


  6. Hard2Fit

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    My suit coats and sport coats all measure the same distance from the end of my thumb. I wear them with a lot of the same shirts so it only makes sense, at least to me, that they should be the same length.

    Cheers, Jim.


    Agreed.
     


  7. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    it costs the store money to have the sleeve shortened.
    thats the simple answer.
     


  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Stores tend to want to leave sleeves and pants longer. It is common for me to have a little back and forth with a tailor at a Dept store to get the sleeves or pants the length I like.

    I try and wear a jacket or tailored pants (vs. jeans) when I have clothing marked so I can show what I like using my current clothing as reference.
     


  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    The last time I had pants tailored in a department store, the tailor made them more than an inch longer than I had wanted and made the cuff a half inch small. You would be better off taking your alterations to a real tailor.
     


  10. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sometimes I'll have a sport coat with slightly longer sleeves, especially if it's a summer jacket. I'm not saying that I don't regret some of those, but sleeves tailored to show the right amount of cuff look really dumb when worn with short sleeves.

    But, yes-- department store tailors (including the one at Louis Boston) seem to prefer sleeves and trouser legs much too long.
     


  11. C.G.

    C.G. New Member

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    Thank you for your replies. Since the jacket was 50% off, I was paying for the alterations. So it confused me even more when I questioned their agreement on the length.

    I decided to let them do the other minor tailoring required and then take it to my tailor to shorten the sleeves.

    All the best! [​IMG]
     


  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You would be better off taking your alterations to a real tailor.

    It's good advice especially when there is a sale going on. The added volume of work for tailors at retail stores seems to lead to more errors.
     


  13. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I, too, have been frustrated by department store tailors hemming both pants and jacket sleeves much too long.
     


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