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    Back length of new suit

    Long time dappered reader, but first time poster in the forums. I have a question regarding appropriate suit jacket length.

    I just received a new MTM suit. I was professionally measured, but have not had a follow up session yet with the tailor. I have consistently always worn a 38R to 40R depending on brand and how trim I want the fit to be. Accordingly, the back length on all of my jackets is between 30 to 31 inches at the longest. I also confirmed a 30 1/2 length is the appropriate measure for my height (I'm 6 foot and the distance from the collar on my jacket to the floor is 61 inches, so a 30 1/2 inch length would place the jacket half the distance from my collar to the floor).

    To my surprise, the suit jacket I received has a back length of 32 1/2 inches. In other words, the jacket extends a good 2 inches below the end of my butt. I'm disappointed to say the least, and I'm trying to figure out if this is just a complete mistake on the tailor's part, or whether a longer cut like this is something some tailors prefer. We discussed what I wanted out of the suit and how I would use it (for work, so fitted but appropriate in cut), but we never discussed back length because frankly I always understood it to be a given that the jacket should cover your butt and no more. I would never buy a suit off the rack that fit this long in the jacket.

    I'm willing to push the tailor to make things right, but want to make sure this was truly a complete mistake before making my points. I've checked out other threads, and covering the butt but no more seems like the accepted industry standard.

    Luckily, I think the pocket height from the hem will allow at least an inch to an inch and a half of shortening.
    Last edited by rohmen; March 26, 2013, 11:16 AM. Reason: spelling

    #2
    That sounds way too long. I'm also 6' and my jacket length is 29.5 - 30 inches (I prefer a slighly shorter, but not cropped jacket). The rule of thumb is covering your butt. Extending past that is not normal.

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      #3
      Agree. The tailor made a mistake, or is a bad tailor. A basic suit fit rule: with your arms at your sides, the bottom of the suit should hit at about your first thumb joint, or for a slighltly longer fit, in your cuffed hands with no extra material.

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        #4
        A picture would be really helpful here.

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          #5
          Guys used to wear their jackets much longer in the past; maybe that's just what this tailor is used to making? I tried on a mainline 38R Hickey Freeman a few weeks back that had to have been at least 32" to 32.5", so there must be some (probably older) men out there that still prefer that look.

          Personally, I've found it difficult to find a good tailor because it's a bit of a dying art. Many of the ones left just plain suck. So there's always that possibility.

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            #6
            Originally posted by nicholascrawford View Post
            A picture would be really helpful here.
            Nicholas, here's the picture:

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              #7
              Oh, sorry, I was mixing this up with the Yoko Ono thread.

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                #8
                The poor model. That is demeaning.

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                  #9
                  Isn't that Will Smith?

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                    #10
                    The hand test ans Duval stated is a quick and easy way to figure out length:



                    Another way of judging is the back of the jacket should be right where the legs meet the butt.

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