How to measure for a suit

If you are planning to buy a suit, you need to get measured to make sure you get the right size and fit. Here are some quick tips to make sure you get sized just right.


Make sure you wear a dress shirt and undershirt if you wear one when you get measured. The shirt does make a difference.

Measure shoulder to shoulder across you back. Don’t pull the tape tight because you need a snug, nut not tight fit across your shoulders.

Measure around the largest part of your torso. On some men this is the chest. On others it is abdomen. Do not exhale. It’s best to fill your lungs when measuring.

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Picking the fabric for a suit

Picking out the right suit is more than just grabbing something off the shelf and seeing if it fits. The fabric is an important part of a suit. Here’s a rundown of what to look for and why.


Suits are made from fabric that is measured by weight.

7-9 ounce – The lightest possible weight. Good for summer.

9.5-12 ounce – Next to the lightest weight. A good choice for all season suits.

12-13 ounce – Probably too much in summer but good for fall and cooler days.

14-19 ounce – The heaviest. This is for winter wear.

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