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How To Measure For A Tuxedo


Taking your appropriate measurements is very vital to getting the right fit for your outfit. Without an accurate measurement of all the necessary parts of your body, you will only end up with an ill-fitting tuxedo.

Tuxedo sizing is done to ensure that all the relevant sizes as regards length, breadth, and width are accurately taken to produce a piece that is custom made for your body type and make you look your best.

Measurements are also taken if you wish to patronize a rental tuxedo service provider. This is to ensure that you are given a tuxedo that is exactly to your body size or something within that range.

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Tuxedo measurements are mainly concentrated on getting accurate values for subsequent sewing of the tuxedo jacket, shirt, and pants.

Tuxedo sizing either for a rental or personal piece can be done in a matter of minutes and is pretty straightforward.

It would be a smart move on your part to request the services of a tailor in helping you to take measurements accurately and correctly for a tailored tuxedo. Having a professional or expert handle your tuxedo measurements will ensure that there is little or no room for error and mistakes.

Measuring Tips

The following tips should be implemented as they are essential to proper tuxedo sizing;

  • Ensure that you are using a new tape measure.
  • The subject to be measured should be wearing a shirt and a pair of trousers that fit nicely.
  • If the subject is wearing a belt, it should be removed.
  • The subject shirt should be tucked in well.
  • The subject should stand in an upright and relaxed position, there should be no tension whatsoever.
  • The subject should not be fidgeting, holding his breath or constantly moving from his initial upright and relaxed position.
The following steps are how to measure for a crisp and elegant looking tuxedo.

1. Measuring for the coat

Your tuxedo coat is one of the most significant parts of the entire outfit that differentiated it from a business suit. A tuxedo coat also features covered buttons satin lapel and pocket. Having a well-fitting and comfortable tuxedo jacket is crucial because it can instantly portray you in a good light by making a good first impression when you step into the midst of other guests or attendees at a formal event.

There are several key measurements taken in order to make a slim or modern fitted tuxedo coat. These include measurements for the chest, overarm, waist, outseam,

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2. Measuring the Chest

  1. When taking the chest measurement, place the tape measure under the subject’s arms and around the wide part of the chest.
  2. Pull the tape until there is some tension. If it is too tight or too loose, the tape measure will only give you a wrong measurement.
  3. Make sure that when measuring, the tape II leveled on both sides of the chest (that is both back and front). The tape should not be parallel to the floor.
  4. Ensure that none of your fingers are in between the tape and the subject’s chest because this can alter the measurement you get.
  5. Write down the accurate figure you get from the chest measurement in inches.

3. Measuring the Overarm

The measurement of the overarm is almost the same as that for the chest, but instead of the tapes being placed underneath the arms, it is placed over the subject’s arms.

  1. Ensure that the subject’s arms are well relaxed and straight.
  2. Place the tape around the widest(upper) part of the arms and chest.
  3. To prevent the tape from being parallel to the following, it is best you take the measurements from the side of the subject.
  4. Make sure that none of your fingers are in between the tape and the subject’s arms, to prevent recording an inaccurate measurement.
  5. Write down the correct figure you get from the over arms in inches.

4. Measuring the waist

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Having the correct waist measurement is very crucial to ensuring that your pants and coat fits properly.

  1. The tape measure should be placed on the waist (an inch below the subject’s belly button) and not on the subject’s waistband or belt area.
  2. The tape should not be parallel to the floor but even on both sides.
  3. Pull the tape until you feel a slight tension.
  4. Write down the accurate waist measurement in inches.

5. Measuring the outseam

The outseam can be quite tricky and requires the subject to be barefooted and staring straight ahead. The outseams are used to tailor the type of trouser breaks.

  • For a full trouser break, the initial outseam measurement will be used.
  • For a Half trouser break, one (1) inch will be subtracted from the initial outseam measurement.
  • For a quarter break, 1.5 inches will be subtracted from the initial outseam measurement resulting in an ultra-slim fit.
  • For no breaks, where the socks will be a little bit visible subtract two (2) inches from the initial outseam measurement, resulting in an ultra-slim fit.
  1. With one of your fingers, place the tape on the subject’s waistband and with another hand, stretch it all the way to the floor.
  2. Record the accurate figure of the tape measure when on the floor.

6. Measuring the Hip

Before taking the hip measurement, ensure that the subject’s pockets are empty and free of any additional items such as a phone, keys or wallet.

  1. Place the tape on the broadest part of the hip.
  2. Make sure that the tape is not parallel to the floor, the best way to do this is to stand by the side of the subject and confirm.
  3. Hold the tape until you feel a slight tension and record the accurate measurement.

7. Measuring the Neck

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The neck measurement is very important to tailor a comfortable shirt with the right collar to be buttoned.

  1. Place the tape around the neck
  2. Adjust it until it is proper and write down your figure.
  3. Afterward, add a single inch to your initial measurement, this is to allow for some bit of allowance.

8. Measuring the sleeves

The measurement of the sleeves is composed of three stages;

  1. Place the measuring tape behind at the Neck base and center to the spine, run it through the shoulder, hold the tape at that spot.
  2. Run the tape down the subject’s arms to the Elbow point.
  3. Take the tape further down a little bit, past the edge of the wrist bone. An inch will be added as a precautionary step. It is always better to have the sleeves longer which can be adjusted later on to the perfect length than have it short and tight.