How a Suit Should Fit
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How Your Suit or Tuxedo Should Fit

While it’s said that all eyes will be on the bride on the wed­ding day, that doesn’t mean the groom doesn’t need to dress to impress. And a big part of that is mak­ing sure your suit or tux fit per­fect­ly.

As Christa Wiley, VP of Oper­a­tion for Gen­er­a­tion Tux, explains, a great fit­ting suit or tux should make you stand taller and exude con­fi­dence. But don’t sim­ply ask your­self how it looks—pay atten­tion to how it feels when you’re wear­ing it. “Cur­rent­ly the trend is wear­ing gar­ments very fit­ted and close to the body, but this isn’t for every­one,” she says. “You want to make sure you are com­fort­able on your big day.”

Luck­i­ly, Gen­er­a­tion Tux offers a Free Home Try-on for the groom so you can do a fit­ting in the com­fort of your home. To make the process even eas­i­er, Wiley is shar­ing her top tips to ensure the best fit. Our Free Home Try-On uses a patent­ed algo­rithm that is extreme­ly effec­tive at cre­at­ing the per­fect, cus­tom fit — proven 90% more effec­tive than 

How Should a Suit Fit?


  • The jack­et’s length should land right where your butt starts to curve inward.
  • The hem of the jack­et should hit around the mid­dle of your hand.
  • The shoul­der seams should sit around the bend of your shoul­der, so it doesn’t look boxy or pull across the back. 

Pro Tip: If you choose to wear a two-but­ton jack­et, only but­ton the top one. With a three-but­­ton jack­et, always but­ton the top one—the mid­dle but­ton is up to you.


  • The shirt sleeve should land at your wrist where your hand starts to widen.
  • The jack­et sleeve should end with enough room to show off about a half inch of your shirt sleeve
  • Make sure your shirt is ful­ly but­toned (includ­ing the col­lar) and tucked in to deter­mine prop­er sleeve length. 

Pro Tip: Keep your arms hang­ing nat­u­ral­ly at your sides to deter­mine the right jack­et and shirt length. Putting your arms above your head or out in front will make them too short. 


  • Make sure the pants’ waist sits at your nat­ur­al waist or right below your bel­ly but­ton.
  • Your pants should have about a half-inch break, land­ing at the back of the shoe.
  • Pant breaks vary from no break to a dou­ble break. No break means the pant hem is right at the ankle and there are no fab­ric folds around the shoe, while a sin­gle break is one fold of fab­ric around the shoe and a dou­ble is two folds of fab­ric.  

Pro Tip:  Make sure you put your shoes on once you are ful­ly dressed to see where the pant length hits and that you are hap­py with the length.

Get the full break­down of how a suit should fit in our easy to use info­graph­ic below.

How Should A Suit or Tuxedo Fit

Is it too tight? You’ll know pret­ty quick­ly if the jack­et is too small, says Wiley, because it will pull across your back shoul­ders and won’t allow you to move com­fort­ably. Anoth­er tell­tale sign is if you can’t but­ton the jack­et front.

Is it too big? This can be a bit trick­i­er, but be sure to avoid a boxy look, by hav­ing the front of the jack­et hug the body and nat­u­ral­ly drape to cre­ate a sec­ond skin.

Don’t forget!

Tuxe­do pants do not have belt loops; they are reserved for sus­penders or a cum­mer­bund.

A pock­et square and fash­ion socks are a great way to show your per­son­al style and com­pli­ment your look.



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