Suit Buying Tips

Suit Measurements

Taking good suit measurements is vital to getting a suit that fits. Going to a local store can be a good starting place if your willing to listen to a sales pitch. However, if you want to save yourself a trip to the store, and I know you do, then you’ve come to the right place.

Items you will need:

1. 1 cloth measuring tape.

2. 1 competent friend.

3. 1 sheet of paper

4. 1 pen

suit measurements

I imagine you have all of these instruments with the exception of the cloth measuring tape. The best thing to do about this is to have the friend that you call to come over and help you pick one up on his/her way over. These can be purchased at places like Wal-Mart for a few dollars, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

Steps to getting your suit measurements:

Jacket – Put your arms out to your sides and have your partner wrap the tape around your chest, just over top the nipples. Make sure that the inches side is facing out. The number you get here is your jacket size. Write it down. Next you will want to get your sleeve size by measuring from your shoulder down to your wrist.

This is especially important when getting a custom-made suit tailored, but less so when buying an off-the-rack model. The reason for this is that with an off-the-rack suit jacket, you’ll most likely be getting the suit’s arm length tailored to suit your needs after you purchase the suit.

Pants – Wrap the tape around your waist, making sure you have the inches side facing out. This is your waist measurement. Next take the tape from your crotch all the way down to your ankle. The number you get here is known as your inseam.

If you feel uncomfortable with somebody around your crotch you can always measure from your waist down to your ankles and subtract 11 inches.

While you have somebody over, you might as well get your shirt measurements.

Shirt – Start by measuring the circumference of your neck. This number will determine what shirt collar you will buy. Next you will want to get your sleeve size by measuring from your shoulder to about a quarter inch past your wrist. The reason for this is because you want part of your shirt to show when you have your suit jacket on.

The last thing you need to do is pay your friend back for buying the cloth tape measure. Getting your suit measurements has never been easier.

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