Most people nowadays know that off-the-rack isn’t built for you. If you’re going to invest your hard earned dollar on a name brand or quality-made suit, there is one major thing that you need to consider. Get a suit with high armholes.
So what do we even mean when we say you should have high armholes? When we’re talking about your armholes, we’re talking about the location of where the arms are in relation to the shoulders on your suit. If you have a suit with low armholes, the holes will be further away from the shoulders of your suit. How high the armholes are will affect how your suit fits, feels, and looks when you move your arms around.
A result of lower armholes usually means when arms are raised, it will scrunch up the shoulders of the jacket, the lapels bend, and the chest gets wrinkled. The reason is that a suit with lower armholes hugs the chest more and actually restricts movement.
Here's an example of a suit with higher armholes
Now if you look at the gentleman here, you will see that his suit barely raises up when his arms are raised. The shoulders are much smoother, the chest doesn’t stretch as much, and overall, it looks way more professional.
The main reason that many off-the-rack stores produce suits with low armholes is because those suits have more oval shaped armholes. This allows more people to be able to fit their arms into them. It also makes it easier for people to put on the suits.
However, just because it’s easy to put on the suit, doesn’t mean the suit is going to feel comfortable. It may feel comfortable at first, but after wearing the suit for a couple of hours, it won’t be comfortable anymore. When some people put on a suit with higher armholes, it has more of a snug fit. This often makes people think that the suit is too small when in fact it fits better than a suit with low armholes. It’s because they’re too used to off-the-rack and haven’t had the pleasure of a custom-made suit.
When your suit has higher armholes, it will move with your body, will feel more snug, and won’t bunch up. If your suit constantly bunches up, it will also wear down the suit a lot faster. It may be a tad bit more difficult to put on your jacket at first compared to a suit with lower armholes but that process only lasts 5 seconds. Not only will the suit give you more mobility, but you’ll be able to wear it all day long.
Suits with higher armholes are a sign of good craftsmanship and quality. Brands that do this show that they really care about their customers. The absolute best place to get them are places that make custom suits. Trust me, once you go custom, you will never want to go back.
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