What Is My Size?

tailored jacket
Dear Suit: What is my size?

Dear Ben,

Sizes are one of those eternal questions. As they vary by item, country and if we are talking about ready to wear, sizes even change depending on the store. It is no wonder that most men are confused and not knowing their exact size. But here are some pointers:

  • Shirt sizes are based on your neck size, and regular American sizing goes from 13″ – 13 1/2″ inches to 18″ – 18 1/2″. In shirts, the neck is the most important when it comes to fit, but other measurements like waist, sleeve and chest measurements also hold great importance.
  • Jacket sizes are based on the chest size and can range from 63 – 64 inches to 79 – 80 inches. To know exactly what jacket size you should wear you should be measuring the fullest part of your chest and add an extra half an inch to an inch to achieve a good fit.
  • Pant sizes are on the other hand based on the waist size, since that will be the area where pants need to adapt to. Measurements can go from 28-30 inches 62-64.

Now it is important to consider that this is using American sizing standards, as most regions have different sizing. The United States uses inches as the measuring standard, like the ones given in the previous points, but most countries like Korea, Japan, Australia, Italy, and other European countries also have their own sizing system.

How to measure?

If you want to measure your sleeve, do it from the back of your neck (center part), over your shoulder, and then down on the outside part of your wrist. To achieve a better fit that allows you to move when wearing your new item slightly bend your arms while measuring.

For the waist, you should measure about an inch below your belly button at the approximate height of where you normally wear your pants.

To measure the chest you should go around the fullest part of your chest and holding the measuring tape leveled in a parallel position.

If you are traveling and you need to buy some clothes make sure that you know the equivalent of your size in each region, but if you don’t know how to get your real measurements we recommend you to get your actual sizing from a tailor and save those measurements with you so you can always know your exact body measurements.

If what you are looking for is to add tailored pieces to your wardrobe or getting some personal shopping done you can just send us your body measurements from a tailor together with your height, weight, age, and pictures of you from neck to foot (All clothed with front, left, right and back angles.) We will send you back the right fit of your new set of clothes.