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Clothing measurements guide

How to measure your T-shirt size

The measurements needed for a T-shirt are chest width and length.

Measuring Chest width:

On we provide two measurements for Chest width for all our t shirts; Actual chest which refers to the actual measurement of the garment itself, and ‘Chest to fit’ which relates to the size of the t shirt wearers chest.

To measure your chest size, run a fabric tape measure under your arms and fit it around the fullest part of your chest. It’s important to have the tape measure parallel to the ground, not dipping, sagging or twisted which distorts the measurement and impacts the fit of the tshirt.

Take note of the measurement at the point where the tape crosses, ensuring you can breathe easily, or else your t shirt may be too tight. This is what we refer to as the ‘Chest to fit’ measurement of our t shirts.

Alternatively, get one of your existing t shirts that you know fits and measure it from armpit to armpit. This is what we refer to as the ‘Actual Chest’ of our T Shirts.

Measuring T Shirt Length:

Either measure an existing T-shirt from the top of the back of the neck to the bottom of the hem, and use that as a gauge, or get a friend to help you measure from the middle of the back of your neck, down your spine to a suitable length for the T-shirt you desire, bearing in mind that “cropped” and “long”. All our t shirts have length measurements on the ‘size information’ tab.

T-shirts are made of varying fabrics and designed to have a range of fits from slim to relaxed – read descriptions carefully, and read reviews from other customers on our products to see if there are any issues with the fit such as being fitted or baggy.

T Shirt Chest Size

How to measure your shirt size

While shirts for men are traditionally based on two measurements: neck size and sleeve length, shirts for women often only have a bust measurement, and it’s increasingly common for fashion shirts to come in sizes such as small, medium and large, for both sexes.

Men’s Shirts

Measuring neck size:

Easiest done with assistance. Measure around your neck about an inch above where it meets the shoulders, ensuring the tape is snug but not constricting or loose. Shirt sizes are still measured in half inch increments in most of the world, so a 16 shirt fits somebody with a 16” neck, while a 16 ½ shirt fits anybody whose neck size is more than 16 but less than 17 inches.

Sleeve: once again assistance is helpful. While standing, set your hand comfortably on your hip so the upper and lower arms are at an acute angle to each other. Measure from the centre of your neck—at about the middle point of where a shirt collar’s height would be—out and around the elbow and down to the wrist. Generally this measurement will be between 31 and 38 inches, although larger sizes are becoming more common. Always buy up a size, rather than down, as too short sleeves look and feel bad.

The combination of neck and sleeve measurement gives you the right sizing for a fitted shirt. Below is a rough guide to how neck sizes may translate into fashion sizes, but these will vary by manufacturer, so please check the actual measurements on our sizing information tabs on each product to be sure.

Extra small = 13½ to 14 ½ inches
Small = 14 ½ to 15½ inches
Medium = 15 ½ to 16½ inches
Large = 16 ½ to 17 ½ inches
On up to XXXXXL, which is 25½ inches or more.

Measuring Women’s shirts

Take a bust measurement around the broadest part of the bust, with the tape parallel to the floor. Remember that petite sizing is aimed at women below 5ft 3 inches, while regular is aimed at women between 5ft 4 inches and 5ft 7 inches, while tall is for women 5ft 8 inches or above.

Fit also matters: fitted or slim means the shirt is form fitting and may gape around the buttons if you have the bust measurement too tight, so allow a little extra when measuring. Standard or regular are not tailored to be either figure hugging or loose, and comfort fit is relaxed and roomier and may hang a little loose from the body, so ensure you don’t overestimate your size.

How to measure trouser size

There are two ways to measure trousers sizing. If you have a pair of formal trousers that fit well, simply lay them out flat on a table or the floor and measure the trousers, rather than yourself.

Measuring another pair of trousers

Outside leg: measure directly down the outside of the leg from beneath the waistband.

Inside leg: measure from the crotch seam down to the bottom of the trouser leg along the inside seam

Measuring your body

Outside leg: position your tape at waist level and measure the distance from the point where you feel the waistband will naturally sit, down the outside leg, to the point where you wish the trouser leg to end – usually this is the point where the fabric will just touch the shoe on the side of the foot.

Inside leg: measure from the crotch down to the point where you wish the trouser leg to end – usually this is around the point where the fabric will touch the shoe around or below the ankle bone.

Women will also often be asked for a hip measurement and this should be taken with the feet together, around the fullest part of the rear, usually 7 to 8 inches below the waist.