An easy guide to suit sizing

Any well dressed gentleman knows that the most important thing when choosing a suit is to get the right fit.

A fine fitting suit is measured in all the right places to give you a smart look, a defined silhouette, and the confidence that comes with knowing that you’re dressed on point.

Anatomic & Co has put together a quick an easy guide to suit sizing, so that you can get the perfect tailoring for your formal wear.


1. Measure chest size for a suit jacket

Measuring your chest correctly is the first step to getting your suit fitted properly. To measure your chest size, run a measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest. The tape should be just below the armpit and over your shoulder blades (horizontal to the floor).

Make sure to also measure the narrowest part of your waist for tops, jackets and blazers.


2. Measure sleeve length

A common mistake that men make is not knowing how long their suit jacket sleeve length should be. To find the right length, measure from the top of your shoulder to below the wrist (ideally 2-3cm from the skin between your index finger and thumb).

While this might seem too long, you need to consider the natural movement of the arm. Your suit jacket should always be at least 1 centimetre shorter than your shirt sleeve – you can use your wrist bone as the marker for your suit sleeve length.


3. Suit Trouser length

Suit trousers that don’t fit properly will ruin your whole look. Having stacked bottoms on suit trousers is a no!

Your trouser size includes your waist and inside leg measurements. The best way to get your trousers measured is to either go to a tailor or try on a variety of sizes in store.

The tailor will measure around your natural trouser waistline, running the tape from your trouser waist to where you would like your trousers to end.

And now for our favourite part – how your trousers sit on your shoe. This is a key element to your suit. You’ll want to have your trousers sit slightly on your shoe, and this is known as the ‘break’. Ideally you want a quarter break: the back of your trousers sitting slightly down the back of your shoe, with the front of your trousers hovering over your laces.


4. Picking the right shoe

The five most common suit colours are navy, medium or mid-grey, charcoal, brown, and black. While black suits and black shoes is a safe option, you’ll have to be bolder to be a true gentleman of style.

Here are some of our favourite shoe styles to style with a suit:


Charles Smooth Bronze                          Fernando Smooth Black                        Villas Touch Havana


Sao Paulo Touch Anil Brushed            Ben Touch Anil Brushed               Pilar Vintage Sky Light Blue


Suiting up is an art form and creating true beauty in your ensembles comes down to perfecting the details. Every man should know how a suit needs to fit and its an absolute essential to know what your measurements are.

Style Editor

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