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How Long Should a Men's Suit Jacket Be?

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the style guide provided by A Tailored Suit, one way to judge for proper length is to relax your arms straight at your sides. Cuff your hand around the hem of the coat. The hemline should just touch the ball of the fingers.

Taking Measurements

Measure from the top of the spine to the floor and then divide the resulting number in half. That is the proper length for a men's jacket, according to A Tailored Suit.

Bottom Line

While neither method is foolproof, measuring will give you the best result. While there is a correlation between the length of a man's arm and his height, if your arms are either longer or shorter than average, the cuffed hand technique may not work as well for you.

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Randa Morris began her freelance career in 1994 as staff reporter for the "Ogemaw County Herald." She works as a full-time content producer for online and print publications. Her writing is often motivated by her work with adult and child trauma survivors. Morris received level two trauma certification from The National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children.