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Measurement Guide

Please click on a category below for advise on assessing your own sizes:
Collar | Chest Size | Jacket Length | Waist Size | Inside Leg | Shoes | Top Hats

COLLAR

Place measuring tape around your neck, take two fingers and place loosely between the measuring tape and neck. The chart below gives an approximate guide to collar sizes in proportion to chest sizes, but it is always recommended to take an actual measurement.

CHEST SIZE

The easiest way to establish your jacket/chest measurements is to look at the label inside an existing suit or jacket that you consider to be comfortable and well fitting.

In the event that you do not have a jacket to hand or are unable to locate a label, the chest measurement should be taken at the fullest point of the chest which is usually just under the arms (NB when measuring please let your arms hang by your side).

If you have a fuller figure or a large waist in proportion to your chest then order a longer fitting waistcoat.

Men's Shirt Sizes XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
Neck (inches) 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5 20-20.5
Chest (inches) 33-34 35-37 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60

JACKET LENGTH

The length of the jacket is usually proportional to your height, as follows:

Remember that these fittings do not necessarily apply to everyone, as different people are proportioned differently - but this is a very good guide.

Fitting Length Extra Short (XS) Short (S) Regular (R) Long (L) Extra Long (XL)
Height Below 5'6" 5'6" - 5'8" 5'8" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3" Above 6'3"

WAIST SIZE

The easiest way to establish your waist size is to look at the label inside an existing pair of suit trousers that you consider to be comfortable and well fitting.

In the event that you do not have a pair of suit trousers to hand, or are unable to locate a label, the trouser waist measurement should be taken about 1" above the hipbone.

We recommend that when you have the tape around your waist to try to relax and breathe normally to ensure an accurate measurement.

If you have large thighs (e.g. rugby players and cyclists) we would recommend ordering an waist size that is 1" or 2" bigger.

When measuring for striped trousers (worn with morning suits) always add 1" to the measurement to account for the cut of the trousers (it's an old fashioned cut).


INSIDE LEG

Once again, the easiest way to establish your inside leg measurement is to look at the label inside an existing pair of suit trousers that you consider to be comfortable and well-fitting. If you have two measurements in your trousers, the second number is the inside leg – ie a 36 / 32 is for a 36" waist and a 32" inside leg.

If you are unsure of your inside leg measurements, or cannot find them in an existing pair of trousers, you will need to ask someone to do the measuring for you, as you will need to be standing straight.

METHOD 1.
You should measure right from the top of the inner seam (where the two seams meet) down to the top of the heel (where the heel meets the sole of the shoe)make sure that you are standing fully upright. If you are wearing a pair of trousers when doing this measurement remember that a thick material (e.g. jeans) may give you a misleading measurement.

METHOD 2.
Measure from one inch below your navel (bellybutton) down to the ground while standing upright. Then subtract 11 inches, which will give you your inside leg measurement. This measuring technique is invaluable for avoiding embarrassment, should it happen that a woman needs to measure that a man she does not know well.


SHOES

The shoes available are leather, high gloss, 'oxford toecap'. Please order your most commonly used shoe size.

Sizes available 5 – 14 (half sizes).


TOP HATS

We do not rent top hats at 'Bloomsbury Formal Hire' but we can assist you in purchasing one at your request.


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