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How To Take Measurements From A Shirt

By taking your measurements from an existing shirt which fits you particularly well, you can achieve the same fit for a new shirt. With your shirt laid on a flat surface, follow the steps below using a measuring tape. You can make small adjustments to each measurement should you feel the need to do so.

Measurements can be taken in inches or in centimeters and are saved as a measurement profile in your 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 unique measurements from your body, visit our guide here.
 

How To Take The Neck Measurement

  • Place the unbuttoned shirt on a flat surface with the button side up
  • Do not take the measurement from edge to edge
  • Place the start of the measuring tape at the stitching at the back of the collar button
  • Extend the tape across the collar
  • Take the measurement reading at middle of the buttonhole
     

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

  • Place the buttoned shirt on a flat surface with the button side facing up
  • Place start of measuring tape 2cm (3/4in) below the left armhole stitching
  • Extend the tape across the shirt
  • Take the measurement reading at the right edge of the shirt


How To Take The Waist Measurement

  • Place the buttoned shirt on a flat surface with the button side facing up
  • Count the shirt’s first six buttons, using the collar button as number one
  • Starting at the left edge, extend the tape across the shirt between the fifth and sixth button
  • Take the measurement reading at the right edge of the shirt
     

We will double the measurement that you give us to calculate your final waist measurement.


How To Take The Shoulder Measurement

  • Place the buttoned shirt on a flat surface with the button side down
  • Place the start of the measuring tape at the left shoulder stitching
  • Extend the tape across the shirt’s yoke horizontal stitching
  • Take measurement reading at the right shoulder stitching


How To Take The Left/Right Sleeve Measurement

  • Place the buttoned shirt on a flat surface
  • Place the start of measuring tape at top of the shoulder stitching
  • Extend the tape down the sleeve
  • Take the measurement reading at the very end of the cuff
     

If you are measuring a shirt with double French cuffs, please ensure that these are folded before measuring.


How To Take The Left/Right Cuff Measurement

  • Place the unbuttoned cuff on a flat surface as if preparing to iron
  • Place the start of the measuring tape at one edge of the cuff
  • Extend the tape horizontally across the fully opened cuff
  • Take the measurement reading at other edge of the cuff


How To Take The Length Measurement

  • Place the buttoned shirt on a flat surface with the button side down
  • Place the start of the measuring tape at the bottom of the collar
  • Extend the tape vertically down back of shirt
  • Take the measurement reading at shirt’s hem