Understanding shirt measurements

The basics of dress shirt measurements are easy. When taking your body measurements, it is best to use a soft measuring tape (tailor’s tape) since it is the easiest to wrap around your body. Below is a simple guide on how to properly take these critical measurements.

Neck

Place the tape measure around the entire neck. To ensure a comfortable fit take the neck measurement with one finger inside the tape measure, ensuring the tape is at the base of the neck.

Shoulder

Place the tape measure across the top of the shoulders and measure from one shoulder edge to the other, ensuring you take the curved contour over the top of the shoulders as seen in the diagram.

Chest

Place the tape measure around the body over the largest part of the chest area as shown in the diagram. To ensure the right fit, take the chest measurement with one finger inside the tape measure.

Waist

Place the tape measure around the body over the largest part of the waist area as shown in the diagram. To ensure a comfortable fit, take the measurement with one finger inside the tape measure.

Hips

Place the tape measure around the body over the largest part of the hip area including the largest part of the buttocks. To ensure a more comfortable fit, take the hip measurement with one finger inside the tape measure.

Sleeves

Place the tape measure at the top of the sleeve level with the edge of the shoulder, and then measure the length of the sleeve. This measurement will determine where the sleeve will come to on the hand, so simply select your preferred length.

Shirt Length

Place the tape measure at the top of the shirt level with the collar seam, and then measure the length of the shirt. This measurement will determine how long your shirt is, so simply select the required length.

Wrist

Place the tape measure around the entire wrist. To ensure the right fit, take the wrist measurement with one finger inside the tape measure.

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