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    What heights should use Short/Regular/Long sizes?

    I'm 5'-6" and have used 36S since getting into fashion. But Suitsupply just added onto their website that short is for people less than 5-5 and 5-5 or taller should use regular sizes. is that accurate? i've liked the way the S looked on me. It hits me most of the way down the fly and butt (maybe a peak of each). Have I been buying the wrong size all along?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scofield View Post
    I'm 5'-6" and have used 36S since getting into fashion. But Suitsupply just added onto their website that short is for people less than 5-5 and 5-5 or taller should use regular sizes. is that accurate? i've liked the way the S looked on me. It hits me most of the way down the fly and butt (maybe a peak of each). Have I been buying the wrong size all along?
    It depends on your proportions. I have a longer torso and arms and am 6'1" so I buy long sizes in SuitSupply. Similarly, you could have longer legs, shorter torso and take a regular. Go with how it fits you and not their recommendation. A peak of each should be fine.

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    It really depends on brand and body type. I know a guy who is 5'6 or 7, and according to many brands, his height would indicate that he would be wearing short, but because he has long torso, he wears regular length.

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    I'm skeptical that guidance is correct. I have a Napoli suit from SS that is a 38 short, and I'm 5'8". I was fitted in the store. SuitSupply is a Dutch company and people in the Netherlands are some of the tallest people on earth, on average. One would think that would skew things in the taller rather than shorter direction for their sizing, but who knows? I'm guessing something may have gone wrong with the metric to feet-inches conversion. My Napoli is probably close to a half decade old so it's possible they've changed things and what they're saying in their guidance is now correct, but as of roughly 2012 a short fit my 5'8" frame. The body length was perfect for me - the sleeves did have to be tailored to add just smidge of length though - their sleeves run the shortest I've ever seen from an off the rack company.

    J Crew's size guidance recommends their short sizes for guys 5'7" - 5'10"...I'm a short in their jackets but would probably go with a regular if I were any taller than I am.
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    When I went to SuSu in Georgetown they put me in a 40s. I’m 5’11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeysc23 View Post
    When I went to SuSu in Georgetown they put me in a 40s. I’m 5’11.
    This seems like nonsense, but if you like it and it looks good, why not?

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    Whether a jacket fits you depends on where it falls on your body, not on what number or letter is inside on the label. I prefer a jacket that properly covers one's back side and don't really like the cropped look of the last 5 or so years. But perhaps we're moving back a little longer which is why the guidance on S, R, and L, seems to be changing? I wouldn't trust JCrew or Suit Supply not to change the "proper" fit based on changing fashions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aps2012 View Post
    Whether a jacket fits you depends on where it falls on your body, not on what number or letter is inside on the label. I prefer a jacket that properly covers one's back side and don't really like the cropped look of the last 5 or so years. But perhaps we're moving back a little longer which is why the guidance on S, R, and L, seems to be changing? I wouldn't trust JCrew or Suit Supply not to change the "proper" fit based on changing fashions.
    This is true, but generally speaking if your proportions are anywhere near average, knowing your height should get you pretty close to determining whether you are a short, regular, or long. The guidelines are it should just cover your backside - basically ending at the crease where your buttocks meet the upper thigh. For most guys, that is where the first knuckle of the thumb falls (the one closest to the tip of the thumb) so that is an alternate guide. I think this standard still applies whether things trend more boxy/full cut or tailored. Look at Humphrey Bogart - that was a full cut era but the rule still applies if you look at photos of him in a suit. I've had good luck with getting the right length from J Crew following their size guidance and have been buying jackets from them for over a half decade. The Ludlow fit is very tailored but not shortened beyond the norm. Some retailers did indeed go shorter though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aps2012 View Post
    Whether a jacket fits you depends on where it falls on your body, not on what number or letter is inside on the label.
    This says it all. It will vary based on cut, designer, and body proportion (not just height). The right size is the one that fits and looks the best. Internet guidelines are great, but this is why there’s no substitute for actually trying something on and seeing how it looks.

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    If you find a really good tailor, he or she can tell you if a particular length is right. Absent that, go with what you like on you.

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