How a Suit Should Actually Fit

One of my favorite aspects of men’s fashion in 2018 is the importance placed on fit.

People have finally figured out that fit is 90% of the equation.

You could have the most beautiful and expensive garments but if they don’t fit you, what’s the point?

Suits are my absolute favorite example to use when showcasing why fit is king.

Let’s take a look at the evolution of NBA players and how they wear their suits.

From ill fitting baggy suits to perfectly tailored suits that match their stature. Quite the improvement!

Another favorite example is Conor McGregor’s suits. He absolutely nails the perfect suit fit for his body type.

As we clearly see, fit is such an important aspect that it cannot be over looked.

But what exactly is fit? Does it mean wear the slimmest and skinnest size you can get away with?

(Some people might get that impression from the above examples)

Nope. It means wearing garments with the right size and cuts for YOUR specific body type.

Humans obviously come in tons of different sizes but unfortunately many men’s fashion retailers have a “one size fits all” mentality.

If you plan to buy something like a suit straight off the rack, it’s very rare you get something that just feels like it was made for you.

BUT! I did discover something. I was lucky enough to try out a suit from the brand Bonobos and was surprised at the amount of options they had when it came to picking my size.

I’m a slim guy so usually if I buy a suit off the rack I have to spend a ton of money to get it tailored, but when I  saw the option for a slim fit, I was very happy.

Worn: Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Suit // Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt SLIM!

Boom! The Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Suit in Slim fit me PERFECTLY.

It felt as if the suit was custom made for me, which was amazing.

So here’s my quick review of Bonobos Suits:

  • Great quality. The material, especially the fabric is high quality and comfortable.
  • Very fitted, even off the rack. 4 Size options provided (Tailored, Slim, Athletic, Standard)
  • If you need size alterations they provide tailoring service

So let’s get into the nitty gritty of how exactly a suit should should fit.

A lot of articles are available on this topic and usually they try to provide a logical way to break down how a suit should fit which I think is a bit silly.

The simplest way to know if the suit you have is right for you is by following rules 1 and 2.

  1. Does it pass the eye test, does the suit look fitted without any baggy spots. Is it smooth and slick all the way through?
  2. Does it pass the feel test, does the suit feel overly restricted or overly loose? If you don’t feel good wearing it you won’t look good either.

Following these simple rules will usually garner a great fit. If you REALLY have doubts you can always go to a tailor.

The Suit Buyer’s Guide

If you’re simply looking for a brand new suit / dress shirt / blazer to buy – here’s some I highly recommend:

Jetsetter Stretch Wool Suit
Premium Italian Wool Suit
Jetsetter Stretch Italian Cotton Suit
Daily Grind Wrinkle Free Dress Shirt
Swiss Performance Dress Shirt
Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer
Tech Blazer