How to Find the Perfect Blazer

03 Feb

The thing about men’s fashion is that it is very easy to see when a man has made a fashion faux pas or has his look totally together. When it comes to blazers you can’t fake it – either your blazer fits you well or it doesn’t. Don’t make yourself the butt of jokes by wearing an ill-fitting blazer. With the right information, you’ll be able to find the perfect blazer each time.

The first thing to determine is whether the blazer you want should be long, short, or regular. Your height will be the determining factor for this. Be sure to go to a local tailor or seamstress to get properly measured instead of trying to measure yourself. Above everything, do not try to guess your size. The proper measurements that should be used for finding the best fitting blazer include measuring your shirt sleeve length and your chest. Just those two measurements alone can help you pick out the perfect blazer. The best blazers are the ones that fit you to a tee. In general, men who are within the 6’0”-6’3” range should look for long blazers, while men that are 5’7” and shorter should opt for a short blazer. Regular blazers should be worn by men that are between 5’8”-6’0”. If you happen to be super tall, say over 6’3”, then you’ll want to look into a super long blazer.

Many poor fitting blazers often show too much shirt sleeve. To avoid this from happening, you’ll want to keep in mind that your shirt sleeve should make a “peek-a-boo” appearance from underneath your blazer instead of completely being visible. The shirt cuff should come to rest at the bottom of your palm and shouldn’t show more than a half-inch. If you’re having trouble with this, you can simply have it altered.

Most blazers contain a vent, which also needs to be taken into consideration when trying to find the best blazer. The purpose of vents is to allow for more flexibility in movement. While not all blazers come with vents, many men prefer them because of the way they make the blazer look overall. Many find them more comfortable as well. The only downside is that wearing a blazer with a vent can result in a wrinkled look, due to the occurrence of sitting on the vent. There are center vents and side vents on blazers. Or you can opt for a blazer that doesn’t have a vent so you won’t have to deal with pressing it every time it gets wrinkled.

If you’re not well versed in this area of fashion, it’s okay. That’s why it is important to find a good tailor or manufacturer who will not only help you get your key measurements, but also help you select the right fit and styles for your wardrobe needs. Bringing your significant other or a friend along for a second opinion is always helpful.

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