Begin the process by measuring
the chest. The proper way to do this is have the gentleman raise the
arms slightly. A position with the elbows level with the shoulders is
sufficient. Position the tape measure so it crosses over the shoulder
blades of the back and at the thickest portion of the chest, usually
across the breast area. Suits are usually sized according to this
measurement, so if the gentleman has a 40-inch chest measurement, he
will wear a size 40 suit.
Measure the arm length. This is
accomplished by having the gentleman lower the arm to his side and cup
his fingers into a light grip. Measure from the shoulder to the tips of
the fingers in the grip position. Pre-tailored suits are usually sold
as shorts, longs, and regulars. The arm measurement helps to determine
which of these three designations will be most appropriate for the
Measure the waist for the pants.
Be sure to measure at the waist position that the gentleman normally
wears the pants. In general, the waist size on a pre-made suit will be
six inches less than the chest measurement. Knowing the actual waist
size in advance will provide some idea of how much tailoring needs to be
done in order to make the pants a perfect fit around the waist.
Finally, measure the legs for
the pants. Many pre-made suits do not come with a finished hem, which
makes it possible to alter the pants to fit the height of the buyer.
First, take the outside leg measurement by beginning at the waist and
measuring to the area just above the heel. For the inside leg
measurement, begin at the crotch and measure to the ankle bone. These
two figures should result in a hem that will break properly over the top
of the shoes without puddling.
Stand against a wall (shoeless). Place a flat ruler across top of
head to wall. measure from that point down to the floor.The
following guide will show you the appropriate length for your jacket.
to 5Õ7Ó = Short
5Õ7 _Ó to 5Õ11Ó = Regular
5Õ11 _Ó to 6Õ2 _Ó = Long
6Õ3Ó + Up = Extra Long