How to measure correctly for a comfortable fit.
You will need a cloth tape measure
It is suggested to have someone help you.
When looking at dress shirt size the first number on the size tag refers to the neck size, the second number to the sleeve length. As an example a shirt marked “15 ½ 32/33” would mean the man wears a 15 ½ inch neck size and a 32 or 33 inch sleeve length.
|1.First measure your neck. Put the tape measure around the largest part of your neck, where you would normally wear the collar when your shirt is buttoned. This is your neck size. The neck sizes in dress shirts increment by ½ inch measurements. If you find you are not quite at the half or whole size go to the next half or whole size measurement. You can also adjust this measurement based on comfort level. For instance if you prefer to have a little more room, add ½ inch to this measurement. If you like a more generous fit, add 1 inch to your measurement. For some men keeping one or two fingers between you and the tape measure is alternate way to add the desired inches when determining neck size. Shirts should button all the way. Do not leave open the top button on the shirt. If it feels too tight on you when you button the shirt, it is too small.|
Finally, some manufacturers also list a waist size on their packaging
(most often with athletic cut shirts). To determine the size of your waist,
measure around your waist over a shirt at the area where you would normally
wear your pants. Keep one finger between you and the tape measure. This
is your waist size.
The three most common fits for dress shirts are
- a more tapered fitting shirt
Most stores will have someone available to help you determine your size. Don't feel you have to do this on your own.