Stand up straight and hold the measuring tape at roughly nipple level, wind it under the armpits and over the shoulder blades. This should be the circumference of your chest at its widest point. For women you should provide two chest measurements, over-chest as described here passing around the widest point of the chest, and under-chest measurement, which is the same but with the tape passing round underneath where the wearers bra typically finishes.
Measure the widest part of your abdomen, usually around the level of your belly button, ensuring the tape is level. Try not to suck your tummy in, else the measurement will be too small.
Measure around the fullest part of your hips AND seat (tailor term for bum). Stand feet hip width apart, making sure your pockets are empty and the tape is level and untwisted. You should just barely feel the tape against your body.
Measure the circumference of your neck at the height where your collar would sit. If you wish to be sure you of the height you can wear a shirt that fits you well.
Measure across the top of the back arching from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other, its should not be a perfectly straight line but rather follow your natural curvature of the upper back. If you struggle to identify the tip and have a shirt that fits well, you can simply measure between the shoulder seams.
With your arm relaxed at your side, measure from where shoulder seam meets the crown down to your desired length, generally at the base of the thumb where it meets your wrist.
Measure from where the shoulder seam meets the collar seam to your desired jacket length, which for men is usually around the wrist/base of the thumb.
Measure vertically from the where the back body of the shirt meets the collar seam to the desired length of the waistcoat usually somewhere from the lower back to the top of the seat.
Flex your arm to 90 degrees and measure the circumference of your bicep at its widest point.
Measure around the circumference of your wrist at the point where the jacket sleeve would end, keep the tape measure snug but not tight.
Measure the circumference of your thigh at its widest point, this is usually near the top of the inseam but may be slightly lower depending on your physique.
Measure around your waist at the height where you would like to wear your pants, which is likely different than your natural waist. Do not pull the tape measure too tight. If you are not sure and have an existing pair of trousers that fit as you would like, wear them, and measure around the waist band where they sit.
Similar to the previous measurement, take the circumference of your knee.
Place the end of tape measure at the top of waist on the front where the central button is. Then ensuring it doesn’t get twisted, place the tape measure through your legs and measure to the top of the waist on the back. It’s useful to wear a pair of trousers that you know fit you well so you allow for necessary room in the crotch.
Measure vertically from the top of where you want the trouser waist to sit down along the side pant seam, to the desired trouser length. This is typically around 3cm above the ground. If you want to help you can a pair of trousers you know fit you well, and/or wear shoes similar to those you intend to wear with the suit.
We typically make our trousers from the out-seam you provide, but inseam can be useful in some circumstances. Again it can help if you wear a pair of trousers you know fit you well, and/or wear shoes similar to those you intend to wear with the suit. Measure vertically from the bottom of the trouser (typically 3cm from the floor), up the inside seam to the desired height of the crotch. In Made to Order / standard store bought trousers this is typically 30″ (short), 32″ (regular), 34″ (long).
A well-fitted suit can make any man look sharp and stylish, but getting the right fit requires accurate measurements. Here's everything you need to know about men's suit measurements.
The first measurement is the chest size, which should be taken at the widest part of the chest, with the tape measure snug but not tight. Next is the waist size, which is taken at the narrowest part of the waist, usually just above the belly button. The sleeve length is measured from the shoulder seam to the bottom of the wrist bone, with the arm relaxed at the side.
The inseam measurement is taken from the crotch seam to the bottom of the pants, while the outseam is measured from the waistband to the bottom of the pants. The neck size should be measured at the base of the neck, where the collar would sit.
Finally, the shoulder measurement is taken from the top of one shoulder to the other, across the back. This measurement is important for ensuring the jacket fits properly across the shoulders and allows for easy movement.
When getting measured for a suit, it's important to wear the shoes and shirt you plan to wear with the suit to ensure the most accurate fit. A good tailor can also make minor adjustments to ensure the perfect fit. With accurate measurements and a well-fitted suit, you'll look and feel your best at any event.