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Sleeve size

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by d.h., May 21, 2004.

  1. d.h.

    d.h. Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2004
    I went to Brookes Brothers today to try on their "Slim Fit" line. (Didn't seem very slim to me, but I digress.)

    Anyway, the salesman measured me and said I was a 34" sleeve size. When I tried the shirt on, it seemed that the cuff pulled way too far (well over an inch) behind my wrist as a bent my arm. The salesman said it was fine, but it didn't seem right to me.

    He measured me with my arm hanging straight down. I was always under the impression that one was measured with his arm bent, hand on the waist with the elbow close to a 90 degree angle. I'm I right about this? Am I just crazy?

    Sorry for the long post, but I was just wondering.
  2. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

    Jul 9, 2002
    New York
    I've always measured my sleeve length with my arm straight down at my side.

    I think, to a certain extent, cuff length is a matter of personal preference. I like my shirt sleeves on the long side, while I generally ask my tailor to cut my suit jacket sleeves a quarter inch shorter than they first measure. I guess I like to show a bit more cuff than many people.
  3. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

    Apr 19, 2004
    New York City / Buenos Aires
    I always read that the rule was that at least ½ inch of cuff should show. On some of my jacket, you can see almost that much, and on others you can see a bit less. I think it looks a lot better that just ½ or 1/8 (or nothing at all) of the cuff showing. What is the point of cufflinks if you can't see them when you raise or cross your arms?

  4. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Nope - you are not crazy. The sleves have to be measured with the elbow bent. This is just an example of how uninformed sales staff are, even at BB.


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