Tailoring Tips

When buying a suit, consider its purpose, as well as what other occasional uses it might have. Thinking about the use of your suit will dictate choices regarding its cloth, colour and other style options, so it is important to have this clear in your mind to get the best from your wardrobe.

At Regent we’re not necessarily sticklers for rules, but when it comes to style, there are some basic guidelines that can guarantee a good fit and a great look:

Suit Care

To ensure the longevity of your suits, rotate them throughout the week for even wear. Try not to wear the same suit two days in a row. At the end of the day, hang the suit on a suitably
thick hanger; this will allow it to breathe and return to its shape. Consider buying a second pair of trousers for your suit as this will inevitably be the item that gets worn out the most, and remove your jacket when possible, such as when travelling or driving to avoid unnecessary creasing.


The shoulders of a jacket are crucial. These can’t be altered at a later date without affecting the structure of the jacket. You should be able to fit your fist between your chest and the front of your jacket comfortably.

 Hem and sleeve length are another indicator of a
good-fitting jacket. The bottom hem should be at the same level as your
knuckles, so that when you place your hands down by your side the base of the
jacket rests in your curled-up palm. The sleeve should reach the wrist bone,
with half an inch of shirt cuff visible.


For a smarter silhouette it’s best to choose side adjusters to tighten or let out the waist: belt loops are appropriate for casual trousers though, of course, with our bespoke service you can choose whichever style you feel most comfortable with.

Trouser length depends on your width as well as your personal preference.


As well as being uncomfortable, a too-tight collar is also an instant give-away of a poorly fitting shirt. Ensure that you can fit a finger between your neck and the collar for comfort.

Another common mistake is to go for a shirt that has an excess of fabric across the torso. A narrower cut across the chest and stomach, with seams that finish at the end of your shoulders, will provide a much better silhouette.

For short sleeve shirts, make sure to keep the sleeve narrow, which creates a smarter and more contemporary look that crosses over from work to casual, evening-time attire.

For the ultimate shirt, we recommend a Kent collar, single cuff sleeve with a narrower fit that isn’t too tight. See our Regent shirt range [hyperlink to Shirts] for a dazzling array that fit these specs.