A blazer that is a perfect fit is a great addition to any man’s wardrobe. However, the keywords there are “a perfect fit”. There are a lot of measurements to consider, like the sleeve length, the chest size, and the length of the jacket itself. Just like anything else in fashion, the trendy fit changes with time. This includes the length of the jacket. There is, of course, a classic style, but depending on the man, this may not coalesce with his style.
We are looking to help every guy understand how long a blazer should be. The first step of the process is to look in the mirror when you are trying the blazer on. Look and ask yourself some questions, like do you even like a blazer? Does it look like your style? Do you think the length looks right? These answers will all be about your personal style and what you like.
Now that you have some ideas in your head of what you think of this blazer, we can get down to helping you determine the right length for both your body type and your style. If you’re ready, let’s jump right into it!
Measuring By The Thumb
Almost every guy in the world, if they have purchased a blazer, has heard that the proper length of a jacket can be determined by extending your hands down by your side and folding your fingers towards your palm. After doing this, you should be able to feel the edge of the jacket in those folded fingers. However, that is not necessarily the way to get the most modern length, as most modern cuts are a little more tailored and slimmer.
Along with the difference in fashion, this system doesn’t work well for those who have long or short arms. Because this system doesn’t deliver a consistent result or a more modern fashionable jacket, we think there are a couple of other ways you can get the proper length for your blazer.
What About That Rear?
Another way to find the right length of a blazer is to ensure that the hem of the jacket hits right where the thigh and buttocks come together. This is hard to see when trying the jacket on, and that is why it is so important to have access to a three-way mirror when shopping for a blazer. Now, this is the classic length of jacket and style. As with the other method, this doesn’t account for the modern fit, which tends to run a little shorter.
If you are a gentleman who wants to rock this style, be warned that it cuts bodies up into unproportionate pieces and can be very unflattering for some body types. Most guys are going to look for the more classic fit, though, and that is why the next section will break down how to find the right proportions and just how to find the right length of the blazer.
Proportions Really Do Matter
You are going to want to look for proportions that accentuate the upper body and legs in the right way. One of the simplest ways to do that is to take a tape measure and measure from the floor to the bottom of the suit collar from the back. Then, with a simple math equation, you can find the perfect length. Take the number you came up with and divide that in half. There you have it – this is the traditional perfect length for your blazer.
Before you get excited and head out there to get that new blazer, though, there are still a few questions that you should ask yourself. First, what is the purpose of the blazer? Are you going to be wearing it in a more formal situation, or are you looking to pair it with a more casual look, like some jeans and a t-shirt?
This may seem like a waste of time, but it plays a role in how to determine the length. If you are wearing it for a more formal event, then longer is better. On the other hand, if you are going the more casual route, then you can go a little shorter. Still keep that core number in mind, though, when looking at your blazers.
As we said at the beginning of this process, you will need to think about your body type. If you are a little shorter and want to give the illusion of height, then choosing a blazer that is a bit shorter will be the right choice. This will show more leg and make it seem like you are a bit taller. This can also be helpful for the gentleman who is a little thicker in the torso.
The fact that body type and style play such a big part in the choice of the length of your blazer is why we said earlier that you need to ask questions. There are very few people who can just walk into a store and buy something off the rack and have it fit perfectly or be exactly what they are looking for. When heading out for that new blazer, be patient and remember that all these rules are very subjective.
So how long should a blazer be? The truth is that choosing the length can’t be boiled down to a simple math equation. There are many other factors. That is why most tailors will tell you that these are suggestions instead of rules. You have to choose a blazer and a fit that matches your body type. Otherwise, you may not look well put together, and nobody wants that.
Remember, the measurement of your blazer is a place to start. Then, by considering all the other factors, you will be able to come up with the right number for how long your blazer should be. Hopefully, the information in this piece has helped you get a good foundation for your blazer hunt. Good luck!