How Jacket Posture Should Fit

How It Should Fit: Laying flush against your neck

When standing upright with your arms at rest, the perfect jacket Posture allows for the jacket collar to rest comfortably on your neck. There should not be a significant gap between the jacket collar and the back of your shirt collar, nor should the jacket collar push up against the back of your shirt collar such that a bump forms behind the jacket collar. The goal is to have the jacket’s collar align with your natural posture, positioning the collar so it can lay flush on your neck, neatly meeting with the shirt collar.

Perfect Posture Setting: Jacket collar lays smooth and flush against the neck.

The jacket Posture setting is set to Standard as a default on all sizes. The Standard setting will work for most people. Changing this setting moves the jacket collar forward or backward relative to your natural posture and shoulders. We offer six Posture settings to accommodate a wide range of body types:

  • Standard (Default)
  • Neck Forward 0.3” 
  • Neck Forward 0.6”
  • Neck Forward 0.9”
  • Neck Back 0.3”
  • Neck Back  0.6”

Signs That You Need a Neck Forward Posture Setting

If your jacket collar sits such that it is not touching the back of your shirt collar, consider applying a Neck forward adjustment. Selecting from among Neck Forward 0.3″, Neck Forward 0.6″, or Neck Forward 0.9″ will depend on the severity of your forward neck posture. Generally, the more extreme the forward slant of your neck, the larger the space between the jacket and shirt collars, and thus the higher the degree of “Neck Forward” setting you’ll want to implement.

Neck Forward 0.3″ will push the jacket collar forward by about a quarter inch from Standard. Neck Forward 0.6″ will push the jacket collar forward by about a half of an inch from Standard. Neck Forward 0.9″ will push the jacket collar forward by about a three quarters of an inch from Standard.

Signs That You Need a Neck Back Posture Setting

If the collar of your jacket is pushing up against the back of your shirt collar and creating a bump of material to form in your upper back below the jacket collar, then you’ll want to select a Neck Back setting. Selecting Neck Back 0.3″ or Neck Back 0.6″ will depend on the severity of your upright neck Posture. Generally, the more extreme your upright posture, the higher degree of Neck Back setting you’ll want to implement.

Neck Back 0.3″ will push the jacket collar backwards by about a quarter inch from Standard. Neck Back  0.6″ will push the jacket collar backwards by about a half inch from Standard.

Consider Shoulder Slope Simultaneously

Keep in mind that rolls or bumps behind your jacket collar can also indicate a need to reduce the Shoulder Slope or apply a Square Shoulder adjustment. Because the Posture and Shoulder Slope show similar signs of an improper fit, it is important to consider adjusting both of these aspects of fit when assessing the Posture.

Note: In the event a jacket shows signs of Sloping Shoulders but also has a roll behind the collar, the Posture should be set to Neck Back.

Jacket vs. Shirt Posture: Should they be the same?

Jacket Posture does not necessarily need to match the shirt Posture. The need for a Posture adjustment to one’s shirt size, however, is generally greater than the need for a Posture adjustment to one’s jacket size. For example, if you have a second or third degree (0.6″ or 0.9″) Posture adjustment in your shirt size, you may benefit from a single degree of adjustment (0.3″) to your jacket size.