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The Journal: New Year,New Suit



We are now well into our new health kick and exercise regimes. Whether you have dusted off your gym bag or found your football boots at the back of your wardrobe, this hard work will be starting to show. Trousers will feel looser around the waist and your jacket has room for two but how do we tailor for sporting body types?




Tailoring for a muscular physique.


A strong chest and arms demand an understanding into creating a jacket that does not look stretched over the body but drapes elegantly and crafts a confident and sharp silhouette. Raising the armhole higher allowing for more movement and a nipped waist gives a tailored and well balance proportion. A common problem muscular gentleman find is with off the peg trouser fit, small waist but large legs are not catered for in by most fashion houses. Slightly raising the waistline on our trousers and creating a considered taper through the legs creating an elongated shape that balances perfectly with the suit jacket.


Tailoring for an Athletic physique.


A lean physique is tailored similarly to the above, however the curving shape of the waist can be created less dramatically with a more draped effect, the key areas to concentrate on are the shoulders and arms and how the proportions are balanced through the waist. Lapel size should not be too slim as this can give a skewed proportion between chest and shoulders.


Tailoring for a slim/lean physique


With very slim physiques  it is important that the garment’s proportions do not contradict, sleeves should taper and fit in line with body and waist shape, a roped shoulder can create character and balance through the shoulders and a ticket pocket will add to the personality of the jacket. A slightly shorter jacket and high-rise trouser waist will give a defined waistline that can otherwise get lost. Lapel size can be more experimental the contrast between a slim silhouette and a wider lapel is a great look and very on trend.


Whether a bodybuilder,cyclist or occasional gym-goer your wardrobe should compliment your physique while working with your own personal style.                                


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