Sizing can be confusing when you can't just try it on. We want you to be confident that you'll find the perfect fit, so we've provided this handy little guide.
If you've got your eye on that Italian suit, you'll notice the difference between US and EU sizes.
Suits & Sport Coats
Pants & Jeans
Wrap the tape around the lower part of your neck.
Your index finger should fit between the tape and your neck, right between your collar bones.
Don't choke yourself--keep the tape snug, not tight.
Measure across the top of your shoulders from behind.
This should be an arched line from shoulder to shoulder.
If you're wearing a shirt, the start and end points of this measurement will be the seams of your sleeves. The top of the arch will be a few inches lower than the bottom of your collar.
Measure around the fullest part of the chest.
This is usually just below the armpits, passing right over the nipples (in front) and shoulder blades (behind.)
Don't puff out your chest, just stand normally.
Make sure the tape is level across, not drooping in back.
Stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides, wearing a shirt that fits well.
Have someone else measure from the highest point of your shoulder (where the shoulder and collar seams meet on your shirt) down to your desired length.
Usually, this will be your thumb joint, right above the nail.
Longer or shorter lengths are perfectly acceptable, depending on the style of the jacket and your own tastes.
Wrap the tape around your midsection, just below your bottom rubs.
Generally, this will be the narrowest part of your abdomen.
Be sure the tape is level horizontally; no drooping.
Wearing trousers, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips.
For most trousers, this will be right around the bottom of the opening of your pockets. (Be sure those are empty, by the way.)
The tape should be level, and not too tight, just barely felt.
You'll definitely need some help to do this one right.
Wearing a well fitting shirt, put both arms comfortably at your sides (not rigidly straight.)
The person measuring you should start at the top shoulder seam, and run the tape down to the joint connecting your wrist and thumb.
Stand up straight, wearing trousers that fit well.
Front: Measure from the very top middle of your pants, down to the seam between your legs.
Back: Have someone else measure from the very top middle of your pants, down to the seam between your legs.
It's usually not too important that the front and back rise of your pants match with another pair exactly.
If you add these two measurements together, and it's close to the sum of the rises on a pair of pants you want to buy, it will likely be a good fit.
This is another measurement for which you'll need some help.
Stand straight, with a pair of trousers fitting comfortably around your waist.
Measure from the very top of your pants down to roughly 1 inch from the floor.
Each brand has a different model for measuring. Lucky for you, we measure each garment individually using standard methods, so you can refer to them when viewing any item.
Hint: If you have a suit that fits particularly well, measure it (as shown below) and compare to an item you're interested in buying.
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- DRESS SHIRTS
- CASUAL SHIRTS
As always, if you have any questions, we are happy to help. Send us a message any time at firstname.lastname@example.org .