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The best spring jackets for your long arms

The best spring jackets for your long arms

It’s a tireless job, being a jacket. You're often thrown on in a mad rush out the door, and yet you're still meant to look stylish and provide just the right amount of warmth in any season – no pressure or anything. To make it easier for your jacket to achieve both of these things, you need to nail the fit. And part of that is taking your unique shape – like your long arms – into consideration. 

Nope, we're not mind-readers: you told us about your arms upon signing up. So if you haven’t already, you should factor them in when you choose your next jacket – it'll look so much more flattering, you'll regret not doing it sooner. Not sure where to start? It all comes down to knowing the right details and features to consider, and then looking for jackets that tick all those boxes. And luckily for you, there are plenty of styles that do.

The best features for long arms

Set-in sleeves

You might not have heard of a set-in sleeve, but you’ve definitely worn your fair share of them – and not just because they’re super flattering for guys with long arms. It’s the name given to a full shoulder seam that attaches (or ‘sets in’) the sleeve to the body of a garment, unlike the slouchy raglan sleeve that falls from the neckline to the armpit. Set-in sleeves are flattering for long arms, as they provide a clear starting point from the shoulder, where raglan sleeves give the appearance of your arm starting further up which will only make them look longer. 

If you like an exaggerated silhouette, opt for a dropped shoulder, which is designed for oversized clothing. A jacket with set-in sleeves that’s bought too big won’t have the slouchy oversized effect you’re after – it will just look like it’s the wrong size for you. A drop-sleeve, on the other hand, still starts at the top of your arm rather than your neckline, just a bit further down than your regular set-in sleeve.

Clean-cut hems

As a long-armed guy, you’re probably no stranger to the woes of cuffed sleeves. Anything elasticated or cuffed to your wrist can cinch up your forearm as it moves with any movement of your hands or arms. Not only is this annoying, but it makes your clothing look too small and in turn makes your arms appear even longer. Instead, go for buttoned or clean-hemmed cuffs which will sit neatly at your wrist without riding up.

Classic fits

If you’re a follower of trends you might have noticed an increase in outerwear with boxy and cropped bodies lately – and we’re here to advise that you avoid them. Clothing with shorter bodies will only accentuate your long arms so instead, stick to classic cuts that will last you a whole lot longer, and look a whole lot more flattering – they’re classic for a reason, after all. 

For example, a denim chore jacket with a longer body is not only more flattering on your torso but also falls in line with your sleeves, maintaining a regular proportion and removing any emphasis from the length of your arms. For a similar effect, longer shirts that sit below the hem of your jacket will prevent your outerwear (and your arms) from looking too long, as it might over a shorter or tucked-in shirt.

Our picks for you

Overshirts

When the weather permits, an overshirt in place of a heavier jacket can be just as practical, and even more stylish. This shirt from Oliver Spencer is lightweight and easy to layer, and you can guarantee it will be comfy but not stuffy thanks to the sleek-yet-loose-fitting silhouette. The straight line of the torso will even out your overall shape and proportions, and the sleeves will remain in place without riding up your forearm. 

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Harrington jackets

If you’re not already acquainted, the Harrington jacket is like the smarter older brother of the bomber. Distinctive by its collared neckline, a straight-cut, non-elasticated version, like this YMC seersucker Harrington, will streamline your silhouette and remove any emphasis from the length of your arms or body. It does have an elasticated cuff for warmth (yes, we told you to avoid these, just bear with us a second), but it’s layered underneath a clean-cut sleeve. So even if the elasticated cuff pulls, the regular sleeve will maintain a sleek, smart appearance on top.

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Chore jackets

Chore jackets have become something of a menswear must-have over the past decade, and though they can feel casual and rugged, a structured style with set-in sleeves feels refined in a workwear kind of way. Consider this the middle ground between an overshirt and a Harrington: the collar and sleeves feel smart and considered, while the hard-wearing canvas brings a more casual element that tones down the formality. 

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Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing