Suits: Short, Regular, Long?

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  1. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    Ok im about to buy a real suit (Two button Navy Blue Label ralph Lauren) and I tried on a 38 Regular at the store which I felt looked pretty good. However, Im inclined to get a short because of the slightly shorter Jacket Length and sleeves. Question is what considerations are there when making the choice between a Jacket in Short, regular and Long? anything I am overlooking? cause I know I can get it altered by the store for free, so what else should I consider?
     


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    Ok im about to buy a real suit (Two button Navy Blue Label ralph Lauren) and I tried on a 38 Regular at the store which I felt looked pretty good. However, Im inclined to get a short because of the slightly shorter Jacket Length and sleeves. Question is what considerations are there when making the choice between a Jacket in Short, regular and Long? anything I am overlooking? cause I know I can get it altered by the store for free, so what else should I consider?

    The key thing is to make sure the jacket is the proper length. The sleeves can be easily altered (as long as they don't have functional buttonholes), but the jacket length can't be added to, and shortening it more than a little will throw off the balance.

    In terms of "proper length," make sure the jacket covers your seat, with a little extra to spare. Beyond that, some guys like their coats a little longer, some a little shorter, so personal preference comes into play.
     


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    But is the short not cut for a stockier individual? Or maybe just in the RL Polo suits?

    I own one of the navy pinstripes, and tried both the 38R and 38S. The R was a but long, but when trying the S, it seemed much too roomy in the chest and waist. I ended up with the R and having it shortened.

    Like Doc said, not shortened too much as not to throw off the proportions of the suit

    Regards,

    Vivek
     


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