April 4, 2007 at 8:22 am

    yea…this does look good. But then again…he´s kind of tall and has wide shoulders to help the overhall look.

  2. Mike Paget

    April 4, 2007 at 8:34 am

    It looks great, though I have to say it’s possible he doesn’t quite have those shoulders. An impressive fit through the waist. Here in Calgary it is much more typical to see blown out size 46 jackets that have been butchered to provide more room through the gut…

  3. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Dear Sartorialist,

    I do not agree, as I think that the shoulders are to wide and clearly do not fit correct.

    I love your photos, keep up the good work as I check your blog on a daily base.



    • mill

      February 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      I have to agree with you here. Shoulders look fine, but the bell shape is too feminine looking and who knows what’s going on with the upper half of the pant.

  4. urmas v.

    April 4, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Wow, this really is a perfect suit!!! Usually they look great just from the front, in stores I mean, and then you take a look from the back and all you can see is an army of safety pins and careful pleates, planted by studious shop personnel… Always such a deception when trying to find a perfect fit and being attracted a well-fitted model on a mannequin in the window….

  5. Zach

    April 4, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Pinstripes meet very nicely at the center seam there. Still, I can’t help but feel a little bad for the fellow, as my hair does the exact same thing in the back…

  6. william d. anderson

    April 4, 2007 at 9:23 am

    really? i am fairly new to the sartorial world, but that tightly tailored jacket makes him look more like a woman from behind…no? the shoulders…yes. the shoulder blades..yep. but that waist is a bit much. although in light of the glut of boxy suits available, i can see where you would point out a fella who went the other way. maybe some where in between? that’s just my $.02.

  7. Butch

    April 4, 2007 at 9:30 am


  8. Alice Olive

    April 4, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Man, there is just something about a pinstripe that drags me in!! Yes, very very nice.

    PS: Like that he is ‘flanked’ by this season’s so-hot yellow!

  9. Jack Daniel

    April 4, 2007 at 9:45 am

    ohhh yes, I am going to buy a suit like that, at the end of this month!

  10. jkrnyc

    April 4, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Yes, indeed.

  11. The Sartorialist

    April 4, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I didn’t say that it fit perfectly…yes, it may be a bit wide in the shoulders but he does have wide shoulders. Overall the shape looks great.

    I would print a photo like this and take it with me when buying a suit as an example of the type of drop I would want on my suit jacket.

    Again everything doesn’t have to be perfect to use it to your advantage.

  12. whyioughtta

    April 4, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I think it fits the shoulders really nicely. What I’m not sure about is the flared-out almost pepulumish effect of the bottom part of the jacket. It’s probably just the–whatchamacallems–venty things at the back catching wind.

    Would be interesting to see a shot from the front to compare.

  13. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 10:45 am

    It would be interesting to see the cuffs on his shirt since the collar shows quite a bit. I believe the usual rule is the amount of collar and amount of cuff shown should be about the same.

    I do like the fit of the coat and wish I had that narrow a waist.

  14. Andrew

    April 4, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Any guess on the make of the suit?

  15. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 10:50 am

    I think that there is a lack of proportion with regard to the shape at the bottom of the jacket- it should flair out more. The pant fit also looks odd- but this may just be a result of shooting him mid-stride. The smooth line through his waist though is ideal, no belt line or love handles, etc breaking up the smooth tight drape of the jacket.

  16. Butch

    April 4, 2007 at 11:22 am

    OK, we’re talking about FIT, not cut; you may disagree with the cut–perhaps you’d like the shoulders to be a bit narrower– but, given it, the jacket fits the guy correctly, just as it should.

  17. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Too much waist suppression in my eyes. It comes off as effeminate.

  18. jeff

    April 4, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    perfect fit!!!

    if you do two things to a suit,
    1. waist suppression
    2. adjust the shoulders
    *3. with a jacket tailored like the aforementioned, skinny pants are a perfect match!

    very european.

    i went to my boyfriend’s office party (on wall street) in a suit like this. among all of the other boxy, cookie-cutter suits, mine really stood out. everyone liked it, but walking around down there, i looked like i was some way-out flouncy fashionista. odd how you can be in manhattan, yet feel like you’re in the some backwater town.

  19. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    It seems a bit feminine for my taste. I don’t think men should highlight an hourglass shape.

  20. savvylondon

    April 4, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    the waist is very nice.

  21. rnssnc

    April 4, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    i can see what he was trying to achieve, i personally think the shoulders are slightly off as well, which makes the amount of drop seem out of proportion or feminine.

    visit http://www.kilgour.eu and you should see a pic of the back of a model in a dark blue pinstripe suit, which i believe looks SUPERB and is how a suit should look from the back. i also think it’s the sort of look that this man is trying to achieve.

  22. Angela

    April 4, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    This post is a good example of why I tune in to this blog. As a female who takes a liking to traditional masculine styles (not just “modern”, feminine interpretations of such details as pinstripes or shirting fabrics), you are an invaluable resource.

    Ditto butch at 11:22 – Any build may use a variety of cuts, but a good fit is not negotiable.

  23. Victor

    April 4, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Perfect fit to me !
    Love the narrow waist, very italian meets the new Savile Row.
    Stripes meet indeed very nicely in the center.
    I would definately go for such a suit ;-)

  24. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    sart – i must ask where you shot this, i think this is my husband!

  25. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Quite nice, but a little too nipped in at the waist. One more inch +/- of fabric would let the jacket fall perfectly.

    Love your site!

  26. Jessica M.

    April 4, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    You don’t think that the fit makes his waist look, well, a little *feminine*?

    The way he seams and pattern fit together is wonderful, it’s just that the tight fit through the waist with the double vents gives him a bit of an hourglass from behind. A single vent might not have, perhaps?

  27. Axxon n.

    April 4, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Damn, you’re right. Perfect.

  28. Ed

    April 4, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    I’m afraid some of the commenters who find this nipped waist on a man’s jacket ‘effeminate’ or ‘feminine’ would be shocked to see how closely cut European and English men wear their suit jackets. The tight, hourglass jacket shape is considered very traditional and very masculine everywhere except America, where menswear has taken on the character of shapeless boxes for the body. I have found it nearly impossible to persuade American tailors to shape a jacket this close to the body. So bravo to this chap and his tailor, as clearly this is an altered off-the-peg suit and not tailor-made.

    • Jack

      November 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Agreed. I love this suit’s dimensions. Only in America do men seem terrified or ashamed of a suit that shapes and follows a fit body line. I’m sure they’d be equally ashamed to see the tight fitting waist and crotch from the front.

  29. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    wow now that’s an hourglass shape

  30. Kathleen

    April 4, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I think this is a great fit – and yes, it does give more shape (whether that’s “womanly” or not is debatable) through the waist.

    That’s why I like it! Why should men be blocks? Quite a few of them have wider shoulders with nipped-in waists. It’s a body type on a man that I am quite partial to. Give me that over the rectangular man any day. Love this fit.

  31. np

    April 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    A narrow waist is feminine? Really? I didn’t know – I just thought it was a nice ‘V’ shape, the kind we used to go for…

  32. np

    April 4, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    PS: and thanks for the rear view.

  33. Butch

    April 4, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Astounding to me that many posters feel that a closely nipped jacket waist is feminine. I once had a tailor who refused to nip a jacket to my liking for this very reason. Alas, I capitulated and never really enjoyed the jacket thereafter for that reason.

    The question is not nipped closely versus not, but whether the wearer looks COMFORTABLE in his jacket, no matter the waist.

  34. Anonymous

    April 4, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    i wanna see the front!! is he cute? haha!

    that’s what a good suit should do for a man…

  35. Hunter

    April 4, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    This is a stunning suit.

  36. NYC Modelista

    April 5, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Nice cut on the suit! Nice behind on the dude. :-)

  37. iopine

    April 5, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Yes, no joke; too many suits have those little ripply wrinkles across the upper back, signifying an inferior tailoring job. This is perfect.

  38. sandman_gr

    April 5, 2007 at 8:21 am

    I love this…the V shape works well for tall people but not for short ones though – except i they’re slim. Pinstripes look great too!

  39. sandman_gr

    April 5, 2007 at 8:23 am

    My Emporio Armani is nipped at the waist almost like this jacket – italians always know best!

  40. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 9:23 am

    The comment about the fit are interesting. This is obviously a young guy with big shoulders and a slim waist. The fit on the shoulders is fine, if the suit was too big the extremities of the shoulders would be slipping down his arms. They are not. The degree of waist nipping is a matter of personal taste, but surely we all want some shaping, why else do we fight the onset of the big gut. This doesn’t seem particularly excessive, just a young fit guy revelling in his physique. A couple of posters have also commented on the smoothness of the back. This again is something of a matter of taste and comfort. Many people like a little bit of fullness in the back, not the Appalachians, so they can move their arms comfortably. There doesn’t appear to much with this suit, but it’s hard to tell. Overall a great looking back.

  41. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 9:26 am

    one more vote for “too tight in the waist”.

  42. 57th & 2nd

    April 5, 2007 at 9:27 am

    This is the way a suit should look. Very nice Silhouette. Though his shoulder area is a tad bit baggy, however men should not fear to take in their suits. One should always wear his suit, not let his suit wear him.

  43. Anonymous

    April 6, 2007 at 7:25 am

    I somewhat disagree – it’s not a perfect fit.

  44. EMNH

    April 6, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Now that’s what I call bringing Sexyback.

  45. Anonymous

    April 7, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    anyone else think the thighs/legs of the trousers are a bit flappy/baggy for such a closely tailored jacket?

  46. Chris

    April 14, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    This suit is no doubt a very expensive and well-made one (a la Paul Stuart). However, the fit of the back is a bit to suppressed for my tastes. The jacket should not hug the entire upper body and torso so much. It makes the wearer look like the jacket has a built-in corset.

  47. Anonymous

    April 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I thought you only saw such an exaggerated look in drawings. Yes, the suit fits the contours of the body. When a man has such prominent hips, however, he would do well to engage in a little sartorial trickery.

  48. Vic

    September 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Have your finger touch the spot where the butt and thigh meet. Then add one or one half more inche(s) to make it look balanced. I have over 1500 suits and I have it done this way. I am 5'9" and 46R. 31.5 is the minimal and 32 is the max. Anything below or above that is not going to look balanced on me. It took me 5 years to do it right.

  49. Anonymous

    September 23, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Who put together this sand bag ensemble. Do any of you see a European tailor once a month. This was probably bought at mens wearhouse. Seriously

  50. Mangue Banzima

    January 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Scott you have an excellent eye. It is like an engineering.

  51. Kim

    February 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    YSL is bold and eiixtcng. I’d instantly love Kors’ tan coloured suit. I was expecting some armani tho! :)I have a couple and they are just great. what can I say. :p

  52. dcinDC

    April 24, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Tight in the waist – looks feminine??? What’s wrong with you people!!! Without seeing the front it appears to be a fairly perfect fit. Yes, np, this is what many of us are working hard at the gym to achieve – the male v-shaped torso. “Women, on average, tend to be more attracted to men who have a relatively narrow waist, a V-shaped torso, and broad shoulders…” I’ll stop now, no need to rant on about other people’s opinions…

  53. dcinDC

    April 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

    He might want to consider closing the vents. I have done that on most of my suit and sport coats. It gives a more youthful, European look. And while you’re young and trim enough to do it, why not? Thanks.

  54. david

    August 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

    can’t agree with the perfect fit tag. Too loose under the arms. Also a suit has two parts and the cut of the trousers is all wrong.

  55. Flars

    March 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Great fit in the jacket, even though I would go for a slightly shorter model. But whats with the baggies?

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