So I've gotten quite a few requests for this simple question, How long should my jacket be?
But's it's really easier than most people make it be....
So there's this trend, and it's been going on for a while, that your jacket is shorter and instead of wearing something that fits people are wearing things that are extremely skinny and your sleeves are a lot shorter, and in the end, you just look off.
Now before any of you start pointing fingers at me saying "hey your stuff is really skinny", remember what tailored is, I'm a skinny guy, therefore, I'm going to wear very trim fit garments to fit my body. What I'm saying is don't wear something that is the way to trim if you're not a trim individual because it won't look good. And for the older gentleman who goes by very traditional big shoulders long jackets and sleeves, don't wear things that are huge if you clearly are not.
OKAY! so back to the original subject, length on jackets... I have a very simple or two very simple rules you can follow so one, you can get the right length, and two, you can look proportionate.
If your jacket looks like this below
The jacket is too long.
Now to a lot of folks they are told your jacket needs to cover your whole seat and then some. that's not the case. Back in the day, to cover your seat and then some and for your sleeves to come down on your palm was the thing to do. but it doesn't look good. this jacket covers about an inch, inch and a half past whole seat.
Now, look at this below...
WAYYY too short.... its way above half seat...
You never want your suit jacket or sports coat to come above half seat on you. It'll make you look like you have a short upper body, and will make you look so off. And it'll probably tell everyone you're around that you don't know how to shop for your size.
This is the trend of being "fashion forward" for a lot of people but don't be fooled by those trying to start a trend just to sell you something. It looks gross. Honestly.. don't.
Now take a look here below.
Perfect length.. right in between the full seat and half seat.
One of the many simple rules that I'm giving you here is to stay in between full and half seat. The perfect half seat is as high as you want to go and the perfect full set is as low as you want to go don't go any lower or higher.
Some guys like to go about the perfect half seat for sports coats and blazers for that more casual look, It doesn't look as traditional as the perfect full seat.
But if you really want to narrow it down to what the perfect length then follows the first rule, stay in between a full seat and half seat, but also to really narrow it down, make sure your pockets are always covered on the sides. Make sure your jacket at least covers your pockets. Its looks odd and off when your pockets are showing.
This is my advice to you on your jacket length.. please if you have any questions or would like me to answer in a bog post any suiting/tailoring problems you're dealing with please fill out a contact form in the contact section of my website or simply just leave a comment.
It's always a pleasure speaking with you all.
Have a great day gents!
The Suburban Gent.