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How to Measure for a Men’s Suit

The best part of your wardrobe is a well-fitting suit. If it doesn’t fit well, it defeats the purpose of having a suit at all. With the advent of online shopping, the need to be able to measure yourself is more important than ever. You don’t need to go to the tailor if you can do it yourself, and with that in mind, here is what you need to do to get yourself measured correctly for that suit with a perfect fit.

How to Measure for a Men's Suit

How to measure for the jacket

Ascertain your height

Find out your height before you do anything else. Depending on whether you are tall, short and medium, the suit you’ll have to go for will be a long, medium, or a short one.

Ascertain Your Height for the Jacket

Measure chest size

Get a tape measure and place one end just under the arm and go around to find out your chest size. Don’t be holding your breath when you are doing this otherwise, your suit jacket will be tighter than you want it to be. Also, ensure that you’re not wrapping the tape too tightly against your body.

Measure Chest Size for the Jacket

Measure sleeve length

Start off from the point in the middle of where your neck meets your back, and measure all the way down to about two inches below your wrist. You now have got your sleeve length.

Measure Sleeve Length for the Jacket

How to measure for the pants

Measure the waist

Take the tape and wrap it around your waist, just under the navel. Place two fingers, one on the top of the other to provide adequate ease so that you don’t find difficulty breathing when you sit down while wearing the suit jacket.

Measure the Waist for the Pants

Measure the length

You’ll need two things for this besides your trusty tape measure: a buddy and a pair of already well-fitted pair of pants. Wear the pants and stand with your legs about a foot apart from each other. Get your friend to start off from below the crotch and end at the shoe.

Buy your friend a beer, because that guy’s a keeper!

Measure the Length for the Pants

Measure the hip

Use the tape to measure the widest part of your hip and remember to use the two-finger trick here as well.

Measure the Hip for the Pants


Men’s Measurement Chart

Suit Size: 38R 40R 42R 44R 46R 48R 50R
Chest: 40″ 42″ 44″ 46″ 48″ 50″ 52″
Shoulder: 18″ 18.5″ 19″ 19.5″ 20″ 20.25″ 20.5″
Length: 30.5″ 31″ 31″ 31″ 31.5″ 31.5″ 31.75″
Sleeve: 24.5″ 25″ 25″ 25.25″ 25.25″ 25.25″ 25.5″
Waist Size: 32″ 34″ 36″ 38″ 40″ 42″ 44″
Out seam (Unhemmed): 47″ 47″ 47″ 47″ 47″ 47″ 47″
In seam (Unhemmed): 36″ 36″ 36″ 36″ 36″ 36″ 36″
Fabric to Let Out: 1.5″ 1.5″ 1.5″ 1.5″ 1.5″ 1.5″ 1.5″

Remember to take all measurements in all the units that your measuring tape provides, that way you will be able to order suits from abroad if one happens to catch your eye.