How to Measure Your Chest for Shirts

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It's not always that easy for a man to find a properly fitting shirt when buying one off the shelf. Although shirts are made according to sizes, not all men are built the same and not all shirts are cut the same. Shirts must fit properly without being too tight or too loose. That's why so many people opt to buy custom-made shirts. To get the right fit, it's important to know what size you are. The only way to really know that is to have someone measure your neck, chest and sleeves [source: Hainey]. Or you can learn to take these three measurements yourself [source: The Right Fit]. Here are the simple instructions to measure your chest for shirts.

  1. Stand upright in front of a full-length mirror. This way you will see that you are putting the tape measure in the right place.
  2. Place the tape measure around the fullest part of your chest, under your armpits [source: Land's End].
  3. Make sure the tape measure isn't too loose or too tight.
  4. Add 2 inches (5 centimeters) to that measurement.
  5. Round off your measurement to the nearest full inch (i.e. add a few centimeters). That is the measurement you will send [source: Execshirts].

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Originally Published: May 17, 2011

Measure Chest FAQ

How do you measure a man for a shirt?
The best way to measure a man for a shirt is to measure the man's neck, chest, and sleeves.
How do you measure chest size on a shirt?
Place the tape measure around the fullest part of your chest, under your armpits. Make sure the tape measure isn't too loose or too tight. Add 2 inches (5 centimeters) to that measurement. Round off your measurement to the nearest full inch (i.e. add a few centimeters). That is the measurement you will send.
How can I measure my chest by myself?
You can begin to measure your chest yourself by standing upright in front of a full-length mirror. This way you can ensure that you are putting the tape measure in the right place. Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your chest, under your armpits, to measure.
How do you measure chest size on a woman?
Measure chest size by wrapping a tape measure around the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits.
How do you measure shoulders?
It's best to have someone else measure your shoulders to ensure accuracy.

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