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How to Measure For A Dress Shirt
Measuring yourself is an easy process that takes less than 5 minutes. You will need the following: a measuring tape (the soft flexible kind) and a friendly helping hand. Please guys, no baggy clothing while being measured, in fact – it’s best done shirtless.
Also, measurements should be rounded up to the nearest half. For example, 16.2 inches should be recorded as 16.5 inches and 17.7 inches should be recorded as 18 inches, etc. Don’t ever round down!
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Step 1 - Neck Size
Measure the circumference of your neck from the right side around the back of the neck and back to your starting point. Try to measure the neck at the center which is its widest. The measuring tape should not be too loose or too tight – imagine it as your collar.
Step 2 - Measuring the Shoulders
Stand behind the person being measured, lay the measuring tape across the shoulders from tip to tip. Start at the edge of the shoulder bone and allow the tape to curve up towards the nape of the neck and back down to the shoulder bone on the other side. The measuring tape should follow the curve of the back. It should NOT be a straight line.
Step 3 - Sleeve Length
When measuring for sleeve length, the person being measured should let his arm hang relaxed at his side with palm facing thigh. Stand to the side of the person being measured and measure from the tip of the shoulder (as in step 2) to the edge of the wrist, which is the point after the round wrist bone. Make sure to measure both arms and note them accordingly.
Step 4 - Wrist (left and right)
Measure the circumference of each wrist at its widest point. Make sure to measure both wrists and note them accordingly.
Step 5 - Chest
When measuring the chest, the person being measured should hold his arms outstretched in a T shape, palms facing down. Measure the circumference of the widest part of the chest.
Step 6 - Waist
When measuring the waist (like the chest), the person being measured should hold his arms outstretched in a T shape, palms facing down. The waist is the narrowest point on the torso two to three inches above your belly button just below the rib cage. Measure the entire circumference of the waist. Even if you wear your pants on your hips or you have a belly we need the measurement for your natural waist, as described above.