5 Clothing Fit Tricks Every Guy Should Know
High Fashion style by, Big and Tall London's Menswear
1. The shoulder into Wall Trick
- What it does: Prevents someone from buying a suit jacket or blazer that's too big
- How to do it: Put on the suit jacket, blazer, or sport coat. With the outside of your shoulder facing a wall, slowly lean into the wall. If the shoulder pad strikes first then scrunches up before your shoulder gets there, it's too big. You want a jacket where your shoulder and the pad strike the wall at almost the exact time. The less pad overhang the better.
- London's Big & Tall Menswear has a large selection of both Tall, Portly Regular, or Portly Long Suits, and sport - coats, so we can find the perfect fit for you! Shop all Dresswear HERE.
2. The Hug Test
- What it does: Keeps your torso comfortable and your seams from bursting.
- How to Do it: For shirts, suit jackets, blazers, etc... put the garment on and take a look in the mirror. Now pretend you're going to hug someone. If it feels like you're going to burst at the seam and go all hulk-smash, then it's not a good fit. Try a size up, or, a different brand;
- London's Big & Tall Menswear has a wide array of dress shirts to choose from, so if one brand doesn't fit, don't fret, we have plenty of different styles and brands to choose from! Shop all Dress Shirts HERE
3. Curled Fingers for Jacket Length
- What it does: Helps you figure out what jacket length is best for you.
- How to do it: With the suit jacket, blazer, or sport -coat on, let your arms hang relaxed at your sides. Curl your fingers as if you were about to grab the handles of a wheelbarrow. Your jacket tail should come to rest right in that crevice your fingers have made. If its all bunched up, the jacket's too long. If it's dangling an inch or so short, it's too short.
- The staff at London's Big & Tall Menswear will help ensure you have the right size jacket that fits just perfectly in all regards.
4. The Fingers for Collar-Size Trick
- What it does: Prevents strangulation
- How to do it: Button the shirt all the way up and stick a finger or two between your neck and the collar. There's some debate on this. Some sources claim if you can comfortably fit more than one finger in=between the collar and your neck, it's too big. Others say two fingers but no more. The goal is to have no noticeable gaps when buttoned, all while not suffocating.
5. Armhole/Handshake Test
- What it does: Helps you find a jacket that won't fight you while you're wearing it.
- How to do it: Plenty of affordable blazers and suit jackets come with absurdly large armholes. Like, flying squirrel large. The lower the armhole dips down on the jacket, the more likely it is to shift and move, as your arms pulls at the body of the jacket. Stand in front of a mirror with the jacket on. Pretend like you're about to shake someone's hand. If the jacket raises up and bucks like a marionette with its strings being pulled, then you might want to find a brand with higher armholes.
A suit and dress shirt that fit right, make any man look clean and put together. London's Big & Tall Menswear has many suits and sportcoats to choose from and our friendly staff will be more than delighted to help you find the perfect fit for you! Drop by today at 2205 Wharncliffe Road South, London, Ontario. Or visit us online at www.bigandtall.on.ca