Men’s Fashion – How to Correctly Fit a Suit

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Men’s fashion expert Matt Landsberg discusses how to correctly fit a suit.

    Matt Landsberg

    Matt Landsberg

    Starting out in structured finance and asset-backed securities, Mattrealized the money isn’t always greener working for someone else. He decided to make a180-degree turn, leave securities(and security) and start Eric Finn Custom Clothiers. Working with and learning from master tailors, Matthas built a successful custom clothing company, catering to the needs of numerous executives, politicians, attorneys, and professional athletes (and anyone else that appreciates perfect fitting clothes). Matt offers BBG some insight on the benefits of making a good impression.

    Hi, my name is Matt Landsberg with the Eric Finn Custom Clothiers, and today we're talking about how to buy and fit a properly fitting suit and shirt. We've got Brice with a shirt that's been tailored for him, and you can see a significant difference than one that's bought off the rack. First thing you will notice is how it fits in the shoulders. The big point is that the piece across the back called the yoke is not too long. Frequently you will see shirts that are bought off the rack, where the yoke comes down and it's ill-fitting, it looks a little bit sloppy. The big thing to notice with a shirt that's been made for him is how it's not too full in waist. Frequently, the shirt off the rack will be lots of blousing. This is not the case, it has been cut for him. Brice has an athletic cut, so he is one, more than most, that really needs something that's tailored to him. The sleeves are a good length, there is nothing unusual about that. It's not too long or too short. When he moves his arms up, it doesn't pull back. There is not a whole lot of extra bulking material there. Let's next put the jacket on him. Now, keep in mind, this suit jacket wasn't specifically tailored for Brice, but it fits in general pretty well, it gives you an idea how it should fit. First thing to notice is how it fits in the shoulder; it's not too full, it's not too wide. Brice has a broad shoulder, so you don't want to keep it too tight on him, but at the same time you don't want the extra shoulder coming down another half inch, which would be pretty poor. Another thing too is, is notice the sleeves are just right. He is showing about a quarter inch of cuff. Then also the chest is good, he has got a nice taper on the waist. Again, this is important for somebody with an athletic cut, and you can really see the difference. Now, if you can turn around Brice. Here you can see how well it's tailored in the back. It has got a nice v-shape, for somebody who has that, you really want to accentuate that. There are illusions that can be created for other people that don't have the ideal shape that Brice has, and where you can do things that hide and make certain parts of your body look better that you don't want people to see. The length of the trouser here is right on target too. You can see the bottom of the pant is right at the top of the heel of his shoe. Then turn around again. So, he has got just a slight break here, which is perfect. That's how a suit should fit.