Find The Right Fit

Men's Suit & Sport Coat Fit Guide

There are two essential components when it comes to buying a suit: fit and size. Fit is the overall shape of that particular suit. Size is the number inside your jacket.

Find Your Size

Suit and sport coat sizes have one number and one descriptive word (for example, 38 short, 40 regular, 42 long). The number refers to your chest measurement, and the descriptive word refers to the length of the jacket.

Check your own measurements and look for additional size information on the product page to determine which size you should purchase.

We offer alteration services in store for items purchased both in and outside our store.

Over Arm
With arms at your sides, have someone measure around the broadest part of your shoulders and upper arms.

With arms at your sides, measure around your upper body, under your armpits and over the fullest part of your chest and shoulder blades.

Bend to one side to find the natural crease of your waist. Measure at this point, keeping the tape comfortably loose around your waist.

3 Areas of Interest

Type of Garment

Whether you need a suit, tuxedo, or sport coat is predicated on the occasion and the individual’s style.  Suits are normally for business engagements featuring a professional look that fits the workplace. Tuxedos are designed for more formal events, such as weddings & award ceremonies. Sport coats are more versatilein that they can be used in a myriad of different situations – coming in a wide range of styles, textures and colors.

Style of Fitment

The style of garment that you choose is dictated your personal style and stature. Every brand interprets fit types in a multitude of ways, but generally, there are some basic rules they all follow regarding classic, regular, modern and slim fits.

A “classic” fit will be more generous in size overall.

A “slim” fit is going to mean that it will contour your body closely.

A “slim” fit offers the best of both worlds: a slight contoured cut that will neither feel baggy nor constrict your movement.

Proper Sizing

Many men struggle finding their suit size. While there are a multitude of variables that go into finding the perfect fit, doing so is easily achievable simply with a tape measure and someone who knows how to use it. From there just good old trial and error will set you on the right path. Trying on suits is a great way to get an estimate of your sizes. Try on as many jackets and pants as you need until you find the right fit

Short (S)

Regular (R)

Long (L)

5’4″ to 5’7 1/2″

5’8″ to 6’2″

6’2 1/2″ to 6′ 5″


  • Tall suits are classified as Long and X-Long (6’2 1/2″ and up).
  • Big suits are classifed as 48 U.S. chest size and up.

Men’s Suit & Sport Coat Size Conversions

European Chest Sizing    48    50    52    54    56    58    60    62    64    66

U.S.A. Chest Sizing           38    40    42    44    46    48    50    52    54    56

Helpful Hints

  • If your over-arm measurement is more than 7″ larger than your chest measurement, choose a suit one size larger than your chest.
  • Suits have what is called a “drop,” which is the difference between the size of the jacket and the size of the pants. Classic & Modern fit suits typically have a 6″ drop, meaning that a size 38R jacket is paired with size 32 pants. Slim-fit and extra-slim-fit suits typically have a 6″ to 7″ drop.
  • Suit makers usually leave enough extra fabric at the seams to allow pants to be let out by 1″ to 2″. Pants can always be taken in.
  • Here’s a great guide on how to find the right suit