Are My Shirt Sleeves Too Long? I Want To Get it Right!

You know when you ask yourself “Are my shirt sleeves too long?” they probably are; especially when your arms are hanging down straight at your sides, and the sleeves extend far beyond the palm and look sloppy. The following is detailed information on how to judge the sleeve length and other fit aspects of the sleeve to ensure that they look and fit perfect.

The correct length of the sleeve:

The end of the sleeve (with the cuff buttoned) should end right past the wrist where the palm begins. This is best tested while standing straight in front of the mirror with arms down by your sides. It may seem silly to go through a “test,” but having your shirt sleeves too long can cause a few different dilemmas. On the flip side, if they are any shorter it makes the shirt look tacky and inhibits optimal arm movement while reaching overhead and forward. When they are too long, it simply looks sloppy and unbalanced; especially with too much cuff showing while wearing a sport coat or suit jacket. The right amount of cuff showing can be achieved when following these sleeve length guidelines, as well as suit sleeve length guidelines found here: Perfect Suit Sleeve Length

Too long of sleeves can also cause excess cuff stains from everything from constant rubbing against your computer keyboard, to accidental food stains at lunch or dinner when finger foods are involved. Taking the time to make sure your shirt sleeves are the correct length will save you time and money in the long run (no one likes having to excuse themselves to the men’s room during a business lunch or dinner to attempt removing a food stain that could have been avoided). And no one likes having to replace a sleeve or the entire shirt because it’s no longer wearable due to stains.

Cuff circumference adjustments:

The cuffs should have a nice secure fit to keep it in the correct place, but not too tight to appear and feel restrictive of normal air flow. It’s also important that arm movement doesn’t cause too much fluctuation in cuff placement. The perfect circumference is typically 3 inches larger that the wrist measurement.  Also, if you wear a medium to large size watch, we recommend adding watch allowance of ¼ to ½ inch to that particular cuff. More information can be found here: Cuff Fit And Watch Allowance