How To Properly Measure Yourself For A Tuxedo
Take accurate measurements for a slick, put-together formal look
By Savannah Groeneveld
The tuxedo is an essential element of most men's wedding attire. In formal weddings, the groom and groomsmen dress in coordinating tuxedos. Correct measurements are important to avoid an awkward fit. Although it is easier for someone else to measure you for a tuxedo, it is possible for you to measure yourself.
- What You Need to Know
- Vinyl tape measure
Determine the size of the jacket you'll need by measuring around your chest. Place the measuring tape around your back, underneath your arms and over your pectoral (chest) muscles. Be sure the tape crosses over your shoulder blades on your back. Record this measurement on the paper. The length of a tuxedo jacket is determined by your height. According to CelebrateWithStyle.com, the bottom of the jacket should stop at your fingertips when your arms and hands are relaxed at your side. When relaxed, your hands will cup slightly. This is figertip length is correct.
Measure your jacket sleeve length. Measure the length of the inside of your arm by placing one end of the tape measure at the seam of your armpit and the other where your wrist bends. Record this measurement.
Measure your waist size. Take your tape measure and place it at your navel. Wrap the tape around your waist (natural waist level as opposed to where your normal pants fall) until you reach your navel again. Record this measurement.
Measure the out-seam for the pants. Place the measuring tape at your natural waist on the side of your hip. Stand straight and let the tape fall down the side of the leg to the ground. Determine the length at which the tape hits the top of the heel (the top of a shoe back). Record this measurement.
Measure your neck size for your tuxedo shirt. Place the tape around your neck where an ordinary collared shirt would button. Hold the tape secure and then place two fingers between the tape and you neck. Record this measurement.
Measure for the length of your shirt sleeve. Place one end of the measuring tape on the back of your neck at the place where your neck meets your back. With you free hand, bring the measuring tape over along your shoulder and down your arm until reaches your wrist bone. Add one inch to this measurement. Record this measurement.
About the Author
Savannah Groeneveld is a freelance writer and a contributor to DexKnows.
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