Our easy-to-follow measurement guide helps you get accurate proportions for your alterations. Use an accurate tape to measure your body.

One important tip: Don’t breathe in!

  • Neck

Measure all the way around your neck. Determine the level where your collar shirt would sit.

  • Chest

Place the tape under the armpits and around the widest point of your chest – usually at the same level as the nipples.

  • Bust and Under Bust (for Ladies)

Measure over the fullest part of the bust and around back. For the under bust, put the tape across the chest under the bust and around the back as well.

  • Shoulders

Lay your measuring tape from the tip of your left shoulder all the way to the tip of your right shoulder.

  • Sleeves

For both sleeve length, measure from the tip of your shoulder to the base of your thumb.

  • Waist

Place the tape around your waist, roughly at the level of your navel. For ladies, lay the tape around the natural waist curve.

For ladies, lay the tape around the natural waist curve.

  • Hips

Measure over the widest part of the seat and thighs.

  • Seat

Measure the widest point around your hips and buttocks.

  • Thigh

Place the tape around your thigh and measure its widest point. This is usually a couple of inches below the crotch.

  • Inside leg

Stand with legs a bit apart. Measure from the lowest part of the crotch, along the inside of your leg and down to wherever you’d like the bottom of the trousers to end. The length should allow the bottom to rest on the shoe but not touch the floor. If you have well-fitting trousers, get the inside leg measurement from that pair.

  • Outside leg

Measure from the top of your waistband, along the side of your leg and down to where you’d like the bottom of the trousers to end. Like the inside leg measurement, make sure that the bottom rests on your shoe and not the floor.