How to measure

How to take measurements for a men’s suit

If you are ordering a made-to-measure shirt or suit, and you want them to fit you perfectly you should create your custom fit by providing your body measurements. This small guide and our tutorial will show you how to take men’s body measurements in only 10-15 minutes and without making mistakes.

If you follow these simple rules, you will be able to take the sartorial measurements like a tailor. What do you need? A friend and a tailor’s tape measure, we’ll do the rest


Some tips before you start

  • During the measuring process you should be wearing a shirt or a t-shirt and empty the pockets of your trousers.
  • When measuring the circumferences bear in mind to keep the tape measure horizontal, perfectly parallel to the floor.
  • Don’t pull the tape measure tight, let it lie flat on your body.
  • Make sure to hold your tape from the right end. It’s not that uncommon to be mistaken…
  • Complete your profile with your measurements without adding or subtracting extra centimetres. Don’t worry about your fit, we’ll care it for you.
  • Except for the back length, you should avoid using the measurements of garments that fit you, submit your body measurements only.
  • Given your asymmetrical body shape, you will be asked to take the measurements of both limb circumference. This will ensure a more precise fit.

    A guide to taking measurements for a men’s suit

Below is a full list of the 12 essential measurements and 5 build data that our tailors need to know. Take your time to read our tips first. Then access our tutorial page by clicking the discover button at the bottom of the page. At the end you can save your body measurements and we can finally design your made-to-measure suit or shirt order.

Perfect fit

What if you didn’t take your measurements properly? You asked yourself this question at least twice while reading this post, right? Well, if you submitted wrong measurements, we will be able to quickly fix them.

When you have confirmed your data, our statistical algorithm – which is based on an accurate sartorial specification sheet and a sartorial men’s size table – verifies your measurements accuracy, both separately and as a whole.

If the algorithm and our tailors tell the measurements and your made-to-measure garment don’t match, we will contact you to double check and fix them together.


1. Around the fullest part from bellow adam apple

2. Around the fullest part from right under armpits and across the nipples

3. from shoulder bone to shoulder bone

4. from shoulder bone to middle hand

5. Around the fullest part of biceps

6. Around the fullest part of wrists

7. Around the fullest part of stomach

8. Around the fullest part of buttocks

9. From base of neck to thumb of knuckle

10. From base of neck to floor

11. Around waist following waistband

12. From top of waistband to floor

13. From lowest part of crotch to floor

14. From front top of waistband to back top of waistband

14. From front top of waistband to back top of waistband

15. Around thighs fullest part 

16. Around knees fullest part 

1. Your Stance

a. Normal

b. Forward Leaning

c. Erect

2. Your shoulder slope

a. Normal

b. Steep

c. Flat

3. Your chest description

a. Thin

b. Fit

c. Normal

c. Muscular

c. Large

4. Your stomach description

a. Thin

b. Normal

c. Medium

c. Large

5. Your seat shape

a. Thin

b. Normal

c. Curved

c. Large