The Ultimate Guide To Measuring A Dress Shirt

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It’s actually not that difficult knowing how to measure for a dress shirt. But if you are looking for one, it’s important to get a good idea of your sleeve length and the widths for your neck and chest. Once you have all your measurements in place, that’s when you’ll know what size shirt is best for you.

It’s important to find the right fitting shirt so it doesn’t feel discomforting or loose when wearing it. You may also need to wear a tie as well. If you are looking for a dress shirt and have no idea what size fits you best, read on so you can easily measure yourself and find out which size is perfect. 

  • Find a nylon measuring tape

The first thing you need is a nylon measuring tape. If you don’t have one, there are plenty of clothing stores that will have them available. If you have a measuring tape on hand, great. This will be what you need in order to get the best measurements possible for a shirt.

  • Start with your chest

You’ll need to place the beginning of the measuring tape at the center of your chest. From there, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your chest. The tape should also be wrapped underneath your armpits. 

When measuring your chest, make sure the tape is secured tightly. But not to the point where it’s restricting your chest. Also, you don’t want to puff out your chest either. 

Just stand straight, be normal, and get a good idea of what your chest measurement it. 

  • Measure the sleeve

Next, it’s time to measure the sleeve. Take one end of the measuring tape and place it where your shoulder joint is. Then run the tape down towards your arm to where your wrist is. The length measured between your shoulder and wrist will determine your sleeve length.

  • Finish with the collar

Finally, the collar is the last measurement. Take the end of the measuring tape and begin at the center of your neck where the Adam’s apple is. Then wrap the tape around your neck until you reach that point. 

Remember to do this tightly, but not to the point where you are choking yourself. Also, place two fingers somewhere on your neck if you are looking for a more comfortable fit. This will also give you a good idea of which collar size will be the most comfortable when you are wearing a necktie. 

Tips to follow

  • If you seem to have a hard time measuring yourself for a dress shirt, go to a local tailor or clothing store. They’ll be happy to help you out with measuring your collar, chest, and sleeve. If there isn’t a tailor near you, a tuxedo shop might be your next best bet. 
  • Remember that your height and weight will also play a role in your measurements. Someone could be the same height as you but can be skinnier compared to someone who is built athletically or broadly. 
  • Use the finger test when you are trying on shirts. Two fingers should easily be placed between your neck and the shirt’s collar. Consider whether or not if a tie will also be worn before choosing a shirt. 


If you are looking for a dress shirt, measurements are important. You can do it yourself or have someone else do the measuring for you. Either way, knowing the sizes of your chest, collar, and sleeve will help you find which shirt size is the perfect fit for you. 

You’ll feel more comfortable knowing that you can wear a well-fit dress shirt without making yourself feel like it’s too big or too small. It can even go well with a suit and tie as well. The more comfortable the shirt, the better off you’ll be. 

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