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How To Measure Your Suit Size In Six Quick Steps

A nice suit is an essential part of a man’s wardrobe. It can create a clean and polished look, whether you’re heading into a critical business meeting that could launch your career, or about to walk down the aisle and begin your lifetime of wedded bliss. The most important part of looking good in your suit is undoubtedly the fit. So, before investing in a new suit, it is critical to learn how to measure your suit size for both the jacket and trousers before heading to the store.

By having these numbers handy as you try on various sizes and styles of men’s suits, you will save a great deal of time. The following six steps will leave you looking dapper and polished in your new ensemble.

1: Take the Measurements for Your Suit Jacket

The first thing you’ll need to know is the width of the widest section of your torso. This point will be across your chest, just underneath your arms. When taking this measurement, be sure that you aren’t holding your breath as this might shave off room you’ll need to feel comfortable in your jacket. On the other hand, you don’t want to be too generous with your measurements either as you may be left with a baggy jacket.  With your jacket measurements, you’ll be able to compare your numbers against a designer’s men’s suit jacket size chart online or in store to find the right one for your body.


2: Figure Out your Height in Feet and Inches

When combined with your chest measurement, your height will help you determine whether you should purchase a short, medium, or long suit. To give you an example, a man that stands at 5’ 7” who has a chest measurement between 36 and 46 inches should look for a short suit. Men between the heights of 5’7” and 5’11” with a chest measurement between 36 to 54 inches should look for a medium, or regular, suit. Lastly, men over 6” should always look for a long suit.

3:  Measure your Waist

The waist measurement is very important for determining your suit size. You’ll want to take your measuring tape and wrap is around your waist around your belly button.  Using your belly button as a guide will ensure that your trousers are not too high or too low. Once you have the measuring tape wrapped around your waist, place one or two fingers between the measuring tape and your body. By doing so, you’ll ensure that the fit won’t be too tight and that space is available for when you are sitting down.

4: Measure your Inseam

When taking this measurement, make sure you are wearing a fitted pair of pants and stand with your legs apart. Measure from the crotch area to the bottom of your shoe. This will give you the perfect measurement so that your trousers are not too long or too short.  Attempts to take this measurement by yourself may prove difficult. It is best to have a friend or family member help you out to get an accurate number.

5: Measure your Rear End

Wrap the measuring tape around your seat at the widest part of the buttocks. Just as with previous measurements, make sure that the tape isn’t too tight or too loose. You should be able to fit two fingers between the measuring tape and your body. You want to be able to sit down comfortably in your trousers (or dance, for that matter!) 

6: Figure Out your Sleeve Length

For this measurement, you’ll likely need a partner again to get the most accurate number. Starting at the shoulder seam, measure to two inches below your wrist. Most jackets on the market today are fitted with the formula of height and chest width. However, not every body is the same and you may have different proportions. For this reason, this measurement may prove useful.

Measuring for a Suit Vest

When it comes to pairing a vest with your suit, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to suit vest sizing.  First, when taking your measurements enlist the help of a friend. Trying to take measurements on your own may result in a poor fit.  Also, when measuring yourself for a vest be sure to wear the actual shirt and tuxedo pants you will be wearing with it.

You will only need to take two measurements for the vest. Measure your waist just above the waistband of the suit trousers. Next, keeping your arms relaxed, have your friend measure around your chest below your armpits.