How Should My Shoulders Fit?

How Should My Shoulders Fit?

In today's world, people spend countless hours searching for the perfect fitting suit, but sometimes it's not as simple as one tends to think. There are so many different things to say about how a suit should fit, but today's quick tip topic is about how shoulders should fit.

You've probably heard that the shoulders of a suit cannot be altered. Though we are able to do that at Anatoly & Sons, you probably want your shoulders to fit right from the start to avoid unnecessary time and money altering it.

Well-fitting shoulders should lie flush, and there should be no divots or stress marks where the sleeve-head meets the shoulder. The standard shoulder should lie directly above where your shoulder bone ends, and not a centimeter bigger or smaller. The French Roped shoulders and Italian Neapolitan shoulders are an exception to the rule, and these will be discussed in future posts. 

While most people are overly-concerned with whether the body of the suit is slim enough or whether the sleeves are the correct length, they often overlook the shoulders. In our eyes, the shoulders are the most important part of the suit and should be one of the first items paid attention to. The shoulders give your suit its most important feature—its drape—and help the suit fall nicely down your body, giving you a natural silhouette around the chest.

So, the next time you're buying a suit, if the shoulders are too big, you might be better off looking for something that sits better on your shoulders, even if that slightly jeopardizes the shape of the body or the length of the sleeves. Unless of course, you want us to take care of it. :)

Read more about our alteration services and schedule an appointment. We'll be happy to answer all of your questions.

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