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Men, How to Measure Yourself

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With the phenomenal rise in internet shopping over the past few years it has become imperative for men to know their body measurements, as the average gentlemen no longer relies on a tailor to accurately deliver their vitals when creating a suit for example. In this article we tell men how to measure themselves.

Rise of Online Bespoke Clothing Sites

We live in a consumerist and digitally advanced world where customers have become a lot more price savvy allowing for pure play e-commerce businesses with no bricks and mortar overheads to get a march on the established high street brand with a cheaper product range. What this also enables is start-ups with no physical store front a lower initial investment to offer bespoke clothing over the internet.

So in order to avoid the hassle of returning goods bought online and ensuring that your new bespoke shirt is as well fitted as possible it is even more important for men to know their measurements.

Measure Neck

Take the cloth tape around the neck at thickest part making sure the tape is level all the way round.  Allow an index fingers width in addition so as to avoid strangulation when buttoned up with a tie. Round all measurements up to the nearest half inch.

Measure Chest

You want the tape measure to sit just above the nipples as this is typically the thickest part of the chest. Again take the cloth tape around the body under the armpits (you may need some assistance) and round the measurement up to the nearest inch.

Sleeve Measurements

Using the nape (centre point of the neck) as a starting point, measure to the end of your shoulder at the top of your arm. Put your hand on your waist bending your arm and get someone to measure from your shoulder down to wear you would like your shirt cuff to sit. Now add the two measurements together and round up to the nearest sleeve length.

Waist Size

At the point where your typical smart trousers button up and the narrowest part for tops. Take the tape measure around the body and line the tape up. I would suggest allowing for a finger width in addition to avoid trousers with little movement.

Inside Leg

Using your ankle bone as an end point, measure from your crotch alongside your inside leg. Some men may find that wearing shoes can give you more of a feel on how your trousers might fall, and add or remove an inch or so.


This article should now give you men a guide on how to gather your key measurements for purchasing clothing. Alternatively, I would always recommend visiting a tailor or a store offering a bespoke service to get a superior experience with detailed measurements whether it be for just a shirt or a three piece suit.


Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.

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