Suit Jacket Length

Jacket Length

Achieving the right suit jacket length is crucial if you are looking to impress in both business and social occasions. A proper fitting suit jacket will lengthen your chest and your legs to create an elegant silhouette.

Ideally the hem of the jacket will cover the seat of the wearer. The shorter the jacket, the less shape created at the waist, which will make the overall fit boxy and jarring. As everyone has a different shape, there is no suit jacket length chart which can give you the exact measurements your suit jacket should be.

A good method of judging if the length of your suit jacket is appropriate is by using your thumb as a guide. With your arms to the side, the hem of the jacket should sit halfway up your thumb in between the first joint and the knuckle. If the suit jacket length is too long, it will extend past your thumb, creating a disproportionate ratio between chest and legs. This lengthening of the torso and shortening of the legs is a particularly important for shorter men as this will give them them exaggerated disproportionate dimensions.

Suit Jacket Length Measurement

We can also physically measure the length of your perfect suit jacket by measuring the distance between nape of the neck or the bottom of the jacket collar to the hem of your suit jacket. This distance should be equal to the length between the ground and the hem of your suit jacket. If you find that the hem of the jacket is slightly flared, the length is too short and is sitting too high. If the jacket is too long, it will hang past the seat and look unbalanced. Bear in mind suit jacket alterations are relatively simple, so there is no need to buy a new suit entirely. Choose a good tailor and they will be able to lengthen and shorten the hem by and inch or two with ease.

We often get asked ‘how should a suit jacket fit a man?’ and in fact there is not just one answer, a combination of the fit overall, at the shoulders, the collar etc. will influence the fit. Take a look characteristics that influence the perfect jacket fit as part of our tailoring video series in association with Savile Row tailors the Cad & The Dandy.


Buying a jacket online that fits beautifully is actually a surprisingly simple process if you take a few comparison measurements off one of your own jackets. In the video below, Leah discusses the below four key measurement points to ensure the perfect fit.


Buying a jacket online that fits beautifully is actually a surprisingly simple process if you take a few comparison measurements off one of your own jackets.

The main point of measure to ensure your jacket is not too tight is the shoulders, it’s really crucial to get a well fitting shoulder. Ensure you look at size charts when purchasing online to understand your key measurements. 

In our video details series, we explore the main differences between a tailored jacket vs a tight one, including the four key signs to watch out for that your jacket is fitting too tight.


What Makes Our Jackets So Special?

You should now be confident in understanding the ideal length needed for your suit jacket and ready to explore our made to order tailored jackets collection. As well as being constructed from fabric supplied by the world-renowned Scabal of Savile Row, what makes our jackets genuinely exceptional is the ability to select your choice of the lining (included in the total price). Your lining is not about being extravagant but ensuring you have something personal to you that lasts a lifetime. We have a large selection of jacket linings and offer a bespoke service should you want an authentic one-of-a-kind jacket.

Fit is also incredibly important to us, and so our tailored jackets are designed to look good across all body shapes, ensuring you always look and feel your best. We offer two fits, slim and regular, as well as allowing you to choose the perfect length to suit your torso and arms. We recommend you look at our comprehensive size guide, which gives a complete overview of the sizing should you wish to check against another jacket here: Jacket Size Guide.

Once you have purchased your jacket, one of our team will follow up with you instantly to double-check the details and answer any further questions. Your satisfaction is absolutely guaranteed, so you can be sure that you will be delivered a jacket that exceeds your expectations. 

Click here to view our full range of Men’s Tailored Jacket.