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Measuring The Best Fit

Do the words 'collar size' bring with them waves of recognition or heavy pangs of bewilderment? Of course, they are about shirts, but do you know how to measure your collar size correctly? What about the sleeve length? This seems obvious enough, but where exactly do you measure from and to?

The best way to get an accurate measurement is to let someone else do the measuring for you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t measure yourself, just be sure to do it more than once to be sure your result is consistent.

If you usually get confused about the various sizing options, this guide here is here to de-mystify things and get you on track towards getting your perfect shirt size!
 
Collar size
Shirt sizing options change between retailers, with some going for the simple small, medium or large options, whilst more traditional shirt makers opt for collar size as the key dimension. The latter option is certainly the most accurate for fitting and, as a result, the most common for formal shirts. It is fine to have a more relaxed, open-collared shirt for casual wear but for work and specifically when a tie is involved the collar-size is crucial.

To measure your collar size correctly, use a flexible tape measure and come up from the shoulders by about an inch (essentially the widest point) as this will account for the raised collar of a shirt when fastened up to the top button. Then, pull the measuring tape taut so it is firm against the neck but doesn't feel as though it's choking. Finally, add half an inch which will allow for movement.

If you have a perfectly fitting shirt already, the measurements can be taken from the centre point where the button is attached to the middle of the button hole (if the shirt is new and unwashed, again add half an inch).

Typically, the reading will be between 14 and 19 inches, but can of course, be higher or lower, depending on the individual. This number increases in increments of 0.5 inches will then correlate with the shirt collar size.

Wrap the tape measure around the lower part of your neck. It should be about an inch below your Adam ’s apple.
Don’t choke yourself with the tape measure. For a comfortable fit, place 2 fingers between the tape and your neck. Round up to the next ½ inch size.
Sleeve length
Collar size is not the only measurement that should be considered for those serious about their shirts. Manufacturers will often have a chart in mind, where each collar size correlates to the body size that is typically be expected. Of course, arm lengths vary from person to person and are not related to the wearer’s size; hence all high-end shirt-makers will offer you a selection of lengths per each collar size.

As before, the trusty tape measure will again be needed, as well as a willing friend to assist! First, stand with your arms relaxed and by your side. The error many people make here is to stand with their arms perfectly straight - taking up a stance in which they would typically not find their bodies at rest. Instead, a slightly bent arm, bent enough to pop a thumb or finger into a trouser pocket, should be just right.

Start with the end of the tape measure on the backbone at the nape or your neck. The measure should then run over the top of the shoulder (following a seam line, if one were to be there), down the arm to just below the wrist bone.

Alternatively, you can take the measurement from a trusty favourite shirt. On all good quality shirts the yolk will be split and it is from this point, beneath the collar that the start of the measurement is taken, if the yolk is not split, then take it from the middle of the yolk. Then, on the shirt laid flat, run the measure straight down the sleeve to the end of the cuff.

Usually, the end result will be between 32 and 36 inches but, again, may be higher or lower, dependant on the person.

How to measure your chest:
Wrap the tape measure under your armpits, around the fullest part of your chest.
The tape measure should be snug. Not so tight that it constricts breathing, but not so loose that the tape measure slides down.
Don’t puff out or flex your chest. Just stand normally.

How to measure your waist:
Measure around your waist at about navel level.
Put a finger between your body and the tape measure to ensure maximum comfort

How to measure torso length:
Assume a natural standing position. Do not stand too straight or slouch.
Find someone to assist you and run the measuring tape at a full circle all the way from your shoulder at the neck, over the fullest part of your bust, right down between your legs and back to where you started.
How to measure your hip:
The hip measurement should be taken around the hip at the widest point.
Make sure you are able to move the tape measure easily around your hips.

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Do the words 'collar size' bring with them waves of recognition or heavy pangs of bewilderment? Of course, they are about shirts, but do you know how to measure your collar size correctly? What about the sleeve length? This seems obvious enough, but where exactly do you measure from and to? The best way to get an accurate measurement is to let someone else do the measuring for you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t measure yourself, just be sure to do it more than once to be sure your result is consistent. If you usually get confused about the various sizing options, this guide here is here to de-mystify things and get you on track towards getting your perfect shirt size!.

Do the words 'collar size' bring with them waves of recognition or heavy pangs of bewilderment? Of course, they are about shirts, but do you know how to measure your collar size correctly? What about the sleeve length? This seems obvious enough, but where exactly do you measure from and to?

The best way to get an accurate measurement is to let someone else do the measuring for you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t measure yourself, just be sure to do it more than once to be sure your result is consistent.

If you usually get confused about the various sizing options, this guide here is here to de-mystify things and get you on track towards getting your perfect shirt size!
 
Collar size
Shirt sizing options change between retailers, with some going for the simple small, medium or large options, whilst more traditional shirt makers opt for collar size as the key dimension. The latter option is certainly the most accurate for fitting and, as a result, the most common for formal shirts. It is fine to have a more relaxed, open-collared shirt for casual wear but for work and specifically when a tie is involved the collar-size is crucial.

To measure your collar size correctly, use a flexible tape measure and come up from the shoulders by about an inch (essentially the widest point) as this will account for the raised collar of a shirt when fastened up to the top button. Then, pull the measuring tape taut so it is firm against the neck but doesn't feel as though it's choking. Finally, add half an inch which will allow for movement.

If you have a perfectly fitting shirt already, the measurements can be taken from the centre point where the button is attached to the middle of the button hole (if the shirt is new and unwashed, again add half an inch).

Typically, the reading will be between 14 and 19 inches, but can of course, be higher or lower, depending on the individual. This number increases in increments of 0.5 inches will then correlate with the shirt collar size.

Wrap the tape measure around the lower part of your neck. It should be about an inch below your Adam ’s apple.
Don’t choke yourself with the tape measure. For a comfortable fit, place 2 fingers between the tape and your neck. Round up to the next ½ inch size.
Sleeve length
Collar size is not the only measurement that should be considered for those serious about their shirts. Manufacturers will often have a chart in mind, where each collar size correlates to the body size that is typically be expected. Of course, arm lengths vary from person to person and are not related to the wearer’s size; hence all high-end shirt-makers will offer you a selection of lengths per each collar size.

As before, the trusty tape measure will again be needed, as well as a willing friend to assist! First, stand with your arms relaxed and by your side. The error many people make here is to stand with their arms perfectly straight - taking up a stance in which they would typically not find their bodies at rest. Instead, a slightly bent arm, bent enough to pop a thumb or finger into a trouser pocket, should be just right.

Start with the end of the tape measure on the backbone at the nape or your neck. The measure should then run over the top of the shoulder (following a seam line, if one were to be there), down the arm to just below the wrist bone.

Alternatively, you can take the measurement from a trusty favourite shirt. On all good quality shirts the yolk will be split and it is from this point, beneath the collar that the start of the measurement is taken, if the yolk is not split, then take it from the middle of the yolk. Then, on the shirt laid flat, run the measure straight down the sleeve to the end of the cuff.

Usually, the end result will be between 32 and 36 inches but, again, may be higher or lower, dependant on the person.

How to measure your chest:
Wrap the tape measure under your armpits, around the fullest part of your chest.
The tape measure should be snug. Not so tight that it constricts breathing, but not so loose that the tape measure slides down.
Don’t puff out or flex your chest. Just stand normally.

How to measure your waist:
Measure around your waist at about navel level.
Put a finger between your body and the tape measure to ensure maximum comfort

How to measure torso length:
Assume a natural standing position. Do not stand too straight or slouch.
Find someone to assist you and run the measuring tape at a full circle all the way from your shoulder at the neck, over the fullest part of your bust, right down between your legs and back to where you started.
How to measure your hip:
The hip measurement should be taken around the hip at the widest point.
Make sure you are able to move the tape measure easily around your hips.

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