Measuring 101: How to Measure Yourself for Custom Clothing
All men should know their sizing. Not only is knowing your sizes essential for custom clothing
But also for buying clothes off the rack. Many off the rack (non custom) companies publish their sizing charts online, once you know your measurements you can more accurately understand what sizes will truly fit.
Follow this guide, and you’ll have perfect fitting clothes in no time.
How to Measure Your Neck
Place the tape measure around the neck, where the collar would usually and comfortably fit. Depending on your preference we would recommend one or two fingers width between the tape measure and the neck. You can always use another shirt in your closet as a reference.
How to Measure Sleeve Length
To accurately measure your sleeve length you will need a partner. We measure sleeve length from the center point of the person’s neck down to their shoulder and extending down to the center part of a persons hand. Again if you would like grab a well fitting dress shirt from your closet as another reference.
How to Measure Shoulder Width
This measurement is taken from one end of the shoulders to the other. If you’re measuring your friend have him look forward with relaxed shoulders in natural stance. Start measuring from one end of the shoulder (at the shoulder seam of shirt) to the other end or seam of the shirt. Averages – S: Between 16-17″ M: Between 18-19″ L: Between 20-21″
How to Measure Your Bicep
The bicep measurement is taken around the fullest part of the arm. Refrain from the temptation of flexing to impress the measurer. This measurement happens about 2 inches down from the armpit.
How to Measure Your Chest
The chest measurement is taken at the fullest point of a person’s chest, usually around the nipples. Lift up your arms and wrap the tape measure around the back and to the front. Have the tape snug around your chest, but not tight. Resist the urge to flex. Advice: Avoid wearing thick layers for accurate measurement.
How to Measure Your Waist
The Waist Measurement is taken around the fullest part of the stomach, usually at or around the belly button. Keep tape measure level at the back, and keep a nice, relaxed posture. Advice – Be natural. Don’t stick out or hold in your gut. Leave tape measure snug, but not tight
How to Measure Your Hip
Place measuring tape around the fullest part of the bum. Make sure tape is parallel to the floor.
How to Measure Shirt Length
Shirt length is measured from the base of the neck down to where you would like the shirt to end for most men this is about an inch from the bottom of the rear.
If you would like grab a well fitting shirt from your closet as a reference. Here are the average lengths for dress shirts— S-30, M-31, L-32, XL-33
How to Measure Your Waist (Pants)
This measurement is taken around stomach where you would comfortably wear your pants.
Do not be surprised if this measurement is at least 2.5” bigger than your “pant waist.”
How to Measure Your Hips (Pants)
The hip measurement is taken around the fullest part of your bum. Make sure the tape is parallel to the floor.
How to Measure Front Rise on Pants
Grab your favorite pair of pants and measure from the cross section of the crotch seam, up to the top of the front waistband.
How to Measure Back Rise on Pants
Grab your favorite pair of pants and measure from the cross section of the crotch seam, up to the top of the rear waistband. The back rise should be around 5 inches longer than the front rise.
How to Measure Your Thighs
The thigh measurement is taken around the fullest part of your thigh. Make sure the tape measure is parallel to the floor.
How to Measure the Leg Opening on Pants
Grab your favorite pair of pants and lay the bottom cuff flat. Run a tape measure along the cuff.
Take that measurement and double (x2).