This is Michelle from Shining Star Suits. Which women's suit is best for you? What is the difference in fit between Tahari, Anne Klein, Kasper and LeSuit suit brands?
Styling by Brand:
- Kasper's styling has come a long way in the past few years. Their jackets run a bit long sometimes but the fabrics and tailoring are just right. Their sizes run fairly true - not too small. These suits are always fully lined.
- Tahari is extremely popular due to their classic lines and frequently updated touches. The 3 piece pant suit is in very high demand. Their sizes usually run true to size but this season they have a few smaller styles. Check measurements carefully this year. These suits are always fully lined.
Tahari does a great job matching pinstripes on the seams. They even match the pinstripes under the collar! Check your Tahari suit and you will be pleasantly surprised.
- Anne Klein has an urban appeal. The pants are usually unlined for a more body hugging fit. The waist and hips are larger and the bust is smaller than both Tahari and Kasper. It is a very different fit so check measurements very carefully.
- LeSuit is evolving their brand into an affordably priced professional suit line. The latest styles are comparable to Kasper in fit and tailoring.
Lengthening pants legs and sleeves:
- All of these brands provide 1 1/2 to 1 7/8 inches of material for the inside pant hem and 1 inch for the sleeves. You (if you are brave!) or a seamstress will attach additional lining fabric to the inside hem and create a new crease for the edge. On a 1 7/8 inch inside hem, you can expect to get up to 1 1/2 inches of additional length.
- Some sleeves have split cuffs so they can be turned up. This is a really nice feature for showing off a lovely silk blouse cuff or bracelets.
- Unfortunately none of these manufacturers provide Tall sizes. I get so many requests for lengthening information that I want to put this request in to the manufacturers.
The best way to make sure the suit will fit is to compare the measurements from the listing to a suit from your closet. Lay the garment flat, straighten the garment without stretching the fabric, take the measurement and double if necessary. The most critical measurements are bust and waist for the jacket and waist and hips for the pants. Length comes next. Then lastly shoulders. If the listing measurements are equal or larger, then it will fit.
Where to measure?
Jacket - The bust is measured from underarm to underarm and doubled. The waist is taken at the smallest part of the torso. The shoulders can be measured at the top of the shoulders from seam to seam or across the back from seam to seam (across the back is a 1/4 inch larger). Sleeve length is from the outside sleeve seam to cuff. Jacket length is taken from the collar seam to the bottom of the jacket.
Pants - Waist is taken across the waistband. Hips are measured at the bottom of the zipper (approximately 9 inches below the waist). Inseam is from the inside pant seam to the rise seam. The front rise is from inseam to top of waistband. The outseam is taken from the outside hem on the pant to the top of the waistband.
Petite and Women's styling:
Petite sizes will fit someone who is below 5 ft 5 in. Petite sizes are 1 1/2 inches shorter in pant length and 1 1/4 inch shorter in sleeve length. The jacket waist is about 1 1/2 inches higher than a regular size and the pant rise is shorter.
Sizes 14, 16 and 18 are different from a 14W, 16W and 18W in that the W will usually have elasticised side panels for comfort. The side panels provide about 4 inches of additional width. Tahari makes some W styles without elastic but with an increased waist measurement.
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