HOW DO I MEASURE MYSELF?
It is very important that men's tops fit well, especially when it comes to dress shirts, smart blazers or overcoats.
We recommend that you from time to time measure your body to check if your "usual" top size still is the perfect size for you.
Let us show you how to determine the correct top size!
TIP: When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure, not a metal one. Make sure that when you measure yourself the tape is leveled and neither too tight nor too loose. Unless stated otherwise, measure yourself on your bare skin and not over clothes.
And this may sound silly, but don’t trust your memory — be sure to write the measurements down!
Place the tape around the neck at the height where the collar rest.
Stand relaxed. Do not crane your neck out or squeeze your chin down.
The tape should be resting lightly on the skin, not squeezing it.
Hold one finger under the tape to ensure some room for comfort.
Put the first end of the measuring tape at the base of the back of your neck
and measure down your back to the point where the shirt/jacket ends.
Get a partner or do it by yourself on a shirt.
Circle your waist at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button.
Just a quick tip: if you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline.
If you generally wear your clothes below your waist, take that measurement as well.
Nobody is judging you - don’t suck in your stomach, or you’ll get a false measurement!
Measure the circumference of your chest by placing one end of the tape at the fullest part of your bust.
Then wrap it around under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front.
Make sure to keep the measuring tape parallel with the floor all the way around.
First of all, get some help! Since these measurements are taken along the upper portion of your back,
you need someone to take them for you. If you cannot find anyone to help you, measure a shirt directly.
While you're standing with your shoulders relaxed, your partner should locate the shoulder points.
These points are the boniest part of your shoulders and can be found at the upper tips of your shoulders.
NOTE: The shoulder seams on the back of your shirt will usually match up with your actual shoulder points.
Have your partner position the end of the tape measure at the first shoulder point.
Your partner should measure up and over the curve of your shoulders,
then across your back, and finally back down to the other shoulder point.
He should be measuring across the broadest part of your shoulders,
roughly 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) below the neckline.
Since it's hard to do yourself, be sure to get some help before getting starting.
Place your hand at your waist, your elbow should be bent at a 90-degree angle.
Then start at the middle of the back of your neck and measure to your shoulder,
down your arm to the elbow, and then on to the wrist.
TIP: No friend or family member around? If you have a garment that fits perfectly,
measuring the garment rather than your body can be a good substitute.
Yep, you still need some help! While you are wearing a shirt that fits you well, extend one arm and hold it parallel to the floor.
Align the tape with the center of your shoulder and pin the end of the tape with the forefinger.
Then wrap the tape all the way around under the armpit and to the original starting point.
Keep in mind that the tape should be resting flat against your body, with no wrinkles or twists.
Alone? Do it yourself! Find a shirt or top and spread the shirt out face-up on a flat, stable surface.
Lay the tape flat and measure from the top of the seam straight down to the armpit section of the sleeve.
Turn the shirt over and measure the rear arm hole seam separately. Add the two measurements together.
When it comes to pants, fit is everything.
Even getting it slightly off can make the difference between a pair you wear all the time and one that lives in the drawer, causing pain every time you glance at it.
The key to crushing it? Taking careful and accurate measurements of your lower half before cutting that first pattern piece.
This one is no-sweat for sure. Measure the distance down the side of your body,
from the waist to where you want the pants to end when hemmed. Yep, that's it!
To get the most accurate measurement of your pant’s waist lay the pants face down on the floor.
Make sure to smooth them out to eliminate all wrinkling, folding, or bunching!
Measure flat across the back waistband from one corner to the other.
Double the number to get the actual waist size.
The best thing is measuring a pair of pants. Choose a pair of pants that fit you well - no low crotch or tight pants.
Button the pants and lay them flat so there aren't any wrinkles along the crotch.
Use the tape to measure from the top of the waistband to the crotch seam.
This is the point when the pant leg curves through the vertical crotch seam.
Flip the pants over and measure from the inseam up to the top of the waistband.
Then, add this number to the front rise number to get the crotch length.
Because making sure the tape is level back there can be hard, try in front of a mirror.
Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear,
around the other hip, and back to where you started.
Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks.
This is the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh to the bottom of your ankle. You can measure it in two way:
With help: While wearing a pair of pants, have a friend stretch the tape from your crotch to the bottom of your ankle.
Without help: Take a pair of pants that fit you perfectly, measure the inseam of the pants from the crotch to the hem.
Measure the circumference of the fullest part of your thigh.
Wrap the tape measure around your thigh from front to back and then around to the front.
Don't cheat by lowering the tape measure a few inches or you won’t get an accurate measurement!
Place your tape rule around your ankle with both ends of the tape joining together in front.
Make sure the tape is leveled and neither too tight nor too loose.
You probably know your shoe size — or at least, you think you do. Your foot size can change over time, though, and even with the time of day.
There's no such thing as having your foot squeezed all day long. Remember: the right size is the key to comfort.
To measure your feet stand on a level floor with the back of your heels against a straight edge or wall.
Measure the length by placing a ruler flat on the floor alongside the inside of your foot from your heal to your toes.
Place an object with a flat edge straight across your toes with the edge touching the tip of your longest toe.
Take the measurement from the ruler where the flat edge crosses. This is your foot length measurement.
HATS & CAPS
Despite hats and caps usually have just one size, heads come in different sizes and shapes which is why when you put on a hat it might not fit.
Get to know your hat size might prevent it from happening.
Place the tape 1 inch/2.5 cm above the tops of your ears and about 3 inch/7.5 cm above the brows.
Wrap the tape around the back to rest in the middle of the occipital bone.
Pinch your fingers over the spot where the tape meets the other end and just remove it.
That's your head circumference!
Buying glasses online is uncharted territory for many, but there's no need to worry!
The good news is that it's easy to find your frame measurements to ensure you're getting the right fit.
Indeed, most of the time the frame measurements are engraved on the inside of your eyeglass temples or behind the nose bridge area.
The number's order is: lens width, bridge, temple arms, lens height and frame width. Let's get some further information:
1. Lens width: It is the horizontal diameter of one lens; 2. Bridge: It is the part that goes across the bridge of your nose; 3. Temple arms: It connects to the front of the frame on either side and rest behind your ear - it includes the bend; 4. Lens height: It is the vertical height of the lens which is measured from the tip to the bottom of the lens aperture; 5. Frame width: It measures the horizontal front of the frame, from the furthest extended point on either side.