Getting the perfect fit

2011-03-25 11:18

Suit Jackets
A suit should be fitted as closely and as comfortably to your body as possible – from underneath the armpit to the waist, right down to the hip.

Doveton says the fit is critical and, ­irrespective of cost and fabric, can make or break a suit.

“Make sure that the jacket fits snugly across your chest, but is roomy enough to be able to slide your hand inside the jacket comfortably – and no more than that,” says Doveton.

At the back, one can choose between a centre, double parting or vent.

The vent is not just about style, but helps shape the suit on your body.

According to Doveton, there are three styles every man should know about: the classic, two-buttoned, slim-fitting suit; the tuxedo; and the now more fashionable double-breasted suit.

He says: “If you are a first-time suit owner, start with the traditional two-buttoned suit. It will take you places.”

Buttons :
Jackets come in various button styles, such as the one-, two- and three-button varieties.

Doveton says: “Right now, the two-button suit is the most popular. It can be worn dressed up with a collar and tie or more casually over an open-neck shirt or T-shirt.

“A single-button suit is slightly dressier and best worn for evening occasions.”


According to Patel, there are various styles to choose from, like

pleated and flat-front trousers, but only one pleat is allowed.

Kagee says: “Heavily pleated trousers are a big no-no as they add ­unnecessary bulk to the body.”

To avoid pants riding up between your thighs, Doveton suggests a

slim-cut ­trouser leg that is not a skinny fit but not baggy either.

A medium-rise trouser is advisable so that the shirt tucks in securely.

Doveton also suggests sticking to the traditional hemmed cuff and making

sure that the break creates a hemline that sits just at the top of your


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