For Men: How To Use Body Measurements To Find Your Clothing Size

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What You’ll Need To Find Your Measurements

Tailor Anthony Sinclair fitting Scottish actor Sean Connery for one of the suits he will wear in the film 'From Russia With Love', Mayfair, London, 1963. - Getty Images / United Artists

Tailor Anthony Sinclair fitting Scottish actor Sean Connery for one of the suits he will wear in the film ‘From Russia With Love’, Mayfair, London, 1963.
Photo Credit: Getty Images / United Artists

Updated
December 09, 2016.

As a general rule, a man's measurement is the same as his size. Where small, medium, large, etc. are concerned, the best way to ensure proper fit is to know your measurements. If you're ordering online and not able to try something on first, we suggest consulting the website's size charts and tips first.

Measurements are most handy for when you're ordering or shopping for custom and made-to-measure pieces, like a suit or tuxedo.

However, you will find that dress shirts most often require your neck size, so start there and work your way down (as they say!).

What You'll Need To Find Your Measurements

To take your own measurements, you'll need a cloth tape measure and a full-length mirror. To get the best results, take your body measurements while undressed or in lightweight clothing. Keep your arms at your sides and if possible, have a someone else (like a friend or relative) take the measurements. When measuring, keep the tape measure snug, but not too tight and remember to stand up straight. Below we have outlined the eight steps for taking your measurements.

[Source : fashion.about.com]

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