When shopping for a new men’s suit, it’s imperative to choose the right size and fit. There are short, regular, and long fit suits in classic, slim, and modern styles. Knowing the difference between a regular vs short suit, for example, can make all the difference when it comes to selecting the right size. Keep reading to find out the difference between regular and long suit jacket, how to find the right size, and how to style your suit:
Short fit suits are designed for men 5’9” and under. Short suit jackets measure 1-3/16” shorter than Regular fit suit jackets in both the body and sleeves.
Regular fit suits are made to fit men between 5’10” and 6’2”. As with any suit size, Regular fit suits can be tailored to a precise fit if desired.
Long fit suits are designed for men over 6’2”. These jackets have a body and sleeve length that’s 1-3/16” longer than the Regular fit jacket.
Whether you need a Short, Regular, or Long fit suit depends on your height, as explained above. However, height isn’t the only consideration when buying a suit jacket. Measure your chest circumference to determine what size jacket to purchase.
Another way to estimate your suit size is by looking at your shirt size. If you wear a men’s Small, a size 36 jacket should work for you. Men who wear Medium-size shirts can go for a size 38 suit jacket, while men who wear Large can try sizes 40 and 42. If your shirt size is an XL, you may find that a size 44 suit jacket fits comfortably.
Find your correct suit size by taking your measurements. First, measure your chest over your arms, with your arms at your size. This figure is called the overarm measurement. The next step is taking your chest measurement. Wrap the measuring tape under your arms and measure the widest part of your chest. These are the only measurements you’ll need for your suit jacket size.
To get your men's dress pants size, start by measuring your waist. Position the measuring tape just below your navel for the most accurate waist measurement. The measuring tape position when measuring for suit pants is going to be slightly lower than it would for jeans or casual slacks. The last measurement is the inseam, which runs from the crotch to the heel. An accurate inseam measurement ensures your suit pants aren’t too long or short.
A Regular fit suit can be tailored to a Short fit by hemming the jacket and sleeves. When you’re not sure whether to go for Short or Regular, choose Regular. You can always shorten a suit, but you can’t make one longer. When ordering a suit online, make sure to compare your measurements to the size chart to make sure you order the correct size.
Suits also come in classic, slim, and modern styles, which are also referred to as fits. Here’s the difference between these three types of suits:
Classic: The classic-fit suit is exactly what it sounds like—classic in appearance. When you think of the quintessential men’s suit, you’re likely picturing a classic fit. The jacket and pants are ever-so-slightly relaxed without being baggy, making this fit both comfortable and stylish. A classic fit suit works for every occasion and has a structured look that enhances every body type.
Slim: If you want a European-inspired look that’s right on-trend, there’s the slim-fit suit. As its name suggests, this suit style fits close to the body. The pants sit slightly lower on the waist than with the classic fit, and the fabric may have a hint of stretch to prevent this suit style from having a constricting feel.
Modern: The modern-fit suit falls in between Classic and Slim when it comes to fit. Although it’s closer to the body than the Classic fit, it’s not quite as snug as the Slim fit. The straight-leg pant and contemporary lines of the modern suit style make it a fashion-forward choice for most dressy events.
Besides the fit and style, there are a few more elements to consider when putting together a suit. One is what kind of men’s dress shirt to wear underneath your jacket. No matter what kind of suit you choose, you can never go wrong with a men’s Oxford dress shirt. These shirts are often made from sturdy, breathable Supima cotton—and some have a wrinkle-resistant finish that eliminates the need for ironing. A men's no iron shirt adds a crisp, polished touch to your outfit and comes in colors including white and light blue.
Another option is a cotton/polyester broadcloth dress shirt. This style is an excellent option if you want a machine-washable dress shirt that’s wrinkle-resistant and slightly more casual than the Oxford. Broadcloth dress shirts also come in an array of colors, including versatile neutrals and bright shades such as lemon and cobalt. These shirts can be worn with any kind of men's sport coats to create a look that’s all business.
Accessorize your suit and dress shirt with a men's tie. There are silk ties in different widths, colors, and prints to suit your personality and style. Solid-color ties are excellent for creating an understated traditional look or a trendy monochromatic one. Striped and plaid ties have a timeless look that works with any color shirt and jacket. There are polka-dot ties and those with preppy prints, such as ducks. Shoes are also important to your overall look when wearing a suit. Choose a pair of men's dress shoes in a color that matches your suit or go for basic black. For all-day comfort, look for shoes with a cushioned footbed. A durable rubber outsole with a patterned bottom ensures grip on almost any surface.
Browse the suit selection at Lands’ End to find the men's pants and jackets you need to look your best. There’s also a great selection of shirts and ties to complete your look.