How To Measure For A Shirt On Your Body - Apposta

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How To Take Measurements On Your Body

To ensure that your custom-made Italian shirt fits perfectly, follow each of the steps below, asking somebody to take your body measurements using a measuring tape.

Measurements can be taken in inches or in centimeters and are saved as a measurement profile in your Apposta account. This means that you can use your measurement profile to order the same shirt repeatedly or create a new style of shirt without the need to re-enter measurements.

If you would like to take measurements from an existing shirt, visit our guide here
 

How To Take The Neck Measurement


 
  • Keep index finger between the measuring tape and the neck while measuring to reduce tightness
  • Extend the tape around the circumference of the neck
  • Take the measurement reading where the extended tape meets the start of the tape
     

If you know the collar size of one of your pre-existing shirts, you can use this measurement. It corresponds to the shirt size itself and is expressed either in centimeters (example:40) or inches (example:17). 


How To Take The Chest Measurement

  • Keep posture relaxed
  • Extend the measuring tape around largest part of the chest
  • Ensure the tape is flat against body when measuring with no extra room
  • Take the measurement reading where the extended tape meets the start of the tape
     

The allowance of your shirt's chest is determined by the fit which you select, so make sure that your chest measurement is taken without adding or subtracting space.


How To Take The Waist Measurement

  • Extend the measuring tape around the widest point of the waist (usually at navel)
  • On a larger stomach, measure at biggest point of the stomach
  • Ensure that the tape is flat against body when measuring with no extra room
  • Take the measurement reading at where extended tape meets the start of the tape
     

The allowance of your shirt's waist is determined by the fit which you select, so make sure that your chest measurement is taken without adding or subtracting space.


How To Take The Shoulder Measurement

  • Start by wearing a shirt
  • Place the start of the measuring tape where sleeve and armhole stitching meet at the back of the shirt on the one side
  • Extend the tape across the shirt’s yoke horizontal stitching, which is the widest point of the shoulders
  • Take the measurement reading at opposite sleeve and armhole stitching


How To Take The Left/Right Sleeve Measurement

  • Start with arms straight by the side
  • Place the start of the measuring tape at end of clavicle bone or at the top of the shoulder stitching
  • Extend the tape downwards
  • Take the measurement reading at 2cm past the wrist bone


How To Take The Left/Right Cuff Measurement

  • Extend the measuring tape around circumference of wrist at wrist bone
  • Ensure that the tape is flat against the wrist when measuring with no extra room
  • If a watch is regularly worn on one wrist, take that measurement while wearing a watch. This will result in different cuff measurements for each arm
  • Take the measurement reading where the extended tape meets the start of the tape
     

Make sure that your cuff measurement is taken without adding or subtracting space. We will automatically add 5cm to the circumference measurement which is provided. This will correspond to the finished cuff measurement taken from edge to edge horizontally.


How To Take The Length Measurement

  • Place the start of measuring tape at base of neck
  • Extend the tape down the back vertically
  • Take measurement reading at just below the buttocks
     

To make taking the final reading easier, push the tape inwards just below the buttocks. You may add or subtract centimeters/inches if you require a shorter or longer shirt length.