How Long Should a Men's Suit Jacket Be?

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How Long Should a Men's Suit Jacket Be?
The waist button of a well-fitted suit should fall just below the waistline. (busines men at suit and tie image by Slyadnyev Oleksandr from Fotolia.com)

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.

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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.

How Long Should a Men's Suit Jacket Be?
Measure from the beginning of the spine to the floor and divide in half. (tape measure image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

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.

How Long Should a Men's Suit Jacket Be?
Taking accurate measurements is the best way to ensure a proper fit on a jacket. (measuring tape image by Christopher Walker from Fotolia.com)

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