If The Rock and Kevin Hart Can Both Pull Off a Check Suit—So Can You

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The most impactful suit of the season comes in every size.

Yesterday two stylish and vastly different sized men came together to demonstrate the awesome powers of the holiday-party check suit—and, fine, promote the new Jumanji movie. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was in one corner standing 6’5″ tall and weighing approximately one million pounds. He wore a custom Isaia suit, To Boot shoes, and a Montblanc watch. In the other corner standing a reported 5’4″ tall and weighing considerably less was Kevin Hart. He wore a Dries Van Noten suit, Theory sweater, and Common Projects sneakers. Both guys owned their plaid suits and came out triumphant. We tapped their stylists for tips on how you can look just as good in your plaid suit if you happen to fall into one of these specific body-shape buckets. If you land somewhere in the middle, consider this a reminder of just how easy you’ve got things and go get yourself a plaid suit. (Here are 10 we like.)

3 Tailoring Tips for Smaller Guys from Kevin Hart’s Stylist Ashley North:

The Fit: “Watch the length of the jacket. If it’s too long it’ll make you look shorter than you really are, if it’s too short, you’ll look like a little kid. You want it to hit the middle of your seat if you’re measuring down the back. Also, tailor your pants through the leg! You want it to be slim all the way down to the ankle. With Kevin I usually do a really tapered leg that hits just at the top of the tongue of the shoe.”

The Styling: “You can play around with the scale of the check pattern but don’t get too crazy with piling on other patterns or you could get lost. Pick your shirt by pulling out an accent color from the check pattern or play it safe with a simple white or off-white shirt.”

Where to Get It: “Paul Smith and Thom Browne are great for smaller guys. And if you’re on a budget, Topman has some surprisingly good suits—including short lengths.”

The Fit: “If you are big in the shoulders and smaller in the torso and waist, you really need to nip in that jacket waist and under the arms so your suit doesn’t hang on you like a box. And I always do a slanted hem on the pants so I can go a little shorter in the front without showing too much ankle. The last thing you want as a bigger dude is a puddle hem.”

The Styling: “I love to mix patterns but on a bigger guy it’s best to keep things clean. I loved this crisp white shirt and solid brown tie to tone down the plaid of the suit on DJ. Alternatively you could do a fitted knit. They look amazing on a bigger, more muscular guy! Also, don’t assume that just because you are big you can’t pull off a lean shoe. With DJ, I put him in all slim Louboutins or To Boot dress shoes with his suits, and it really helps lean out and elongate the leg.”

Where to Get It: I had Isaia custom make all of DJ’s suits for this tour, and I was able to pick out all of the fabrics myself. They make amazing plaids and checks. If you can’t go custom, focus on a suit that fits you well in the shoulders and anywhere else you are bigger like your thighs, and have the tailor hack away at the rest.”



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