Find Your Suit Size
Getting accurate measurements isn't easy. That's why there are people who do it for a living. You'll note that these helpful people aren't doing your job, so you probably shouldn't try to do theirs. Before you go any further, just know that the salespeople at Men's Wearhouse are more than happy to do this work for you. But if your one of those people who would sooner run out of gas than stop at a service station for directions, we will try to make this as simple as possible (even though it isn't.)
There are four measurements to consider when determining your suit size:
Suits sizes are given with one number and one descriptive word (for example: 38 short; 40 regular; 42 long.) The number refers to a measurement of your chest and/or over-arm. (We told you this was complicated.) The descriptive word refers to your height. (Bet you guessed that already.)
If you have a relatively typical build (shoulder width in proportion to torso width,) a chest measurement will likely give you and accurate sizing number.
If you're lucky enough to be thin and broad shouldered, you'll have to pay for your desirable build by taking the more complicated over-arm measurement. If you're narrow shouldered and thicker through the chest, you should do the same.
Using your chest measurement to determine suit size
Place the tape well up under your arms and over the shoulder blades in back, and the chest in front.
Look to make sure the tape is approximately parallel to the ground.
Breathe normally, and have a friend insert a finger between the tape and your body to ensure enough ease.
The number of inches is equal to your suit size.
Using your over-arm measurement to determine suit size
With arms at your sides, have a friend measure around the broadest part of the shoulders and upper arms, keeping the tape level at all times.
Place two fingers between the tape and your body.
Subtract seven inches from the total measurement on the tape.
This number is equal to your suit size.
The Men's Wearhouse carries suits in various heights. Use this chart to determine what height bracket you fit into:
X-Short 5'1" - 5'4"
Short 5'5" - 5'7"
Regular 5'8" - 5'10"
Long 5'11" - 6'2"
X-Long 6'3" - 6'5"
The last measurement to consider is the waist. Suits typically come with pants that are 6 inches smaller than the coat size. The difference in inches between the coat and the pants is referred to as the "drop." So, a typical suit usually has a six-inch drop, meaning that a size 38 coat will have size 32 pants. Some suits, usually European or fashion suits, have a seven-inch drop. So, if there is a seven-inch difference between your jacket size and your pant size, look for European cut suits. If the difference in your jacket and pant size is closer to four inches, you'll need an executive cut suit. Keep in mind that waist size is measured based on how these pants fit when fastened at the waist-not riding on your hips. Also remember, that suit makers typically leave extra fabric in the pants so they can be let out and inch or two. Pants can be taken in, as well. The Men's Wearhouse will work hard to give you the perfect fit.
These four steps are good keys to finding your suit size. However, these are only your approximate sizes. Suit cuts are not exact, just like body types are not exact. It is important to try suits on and experiment. Once you become aware of the styles that typically fit you, shopping will become easier. If suit shopping is new to you, go to a Men's Wearhouse, try on various suits and please do not hesitate to talk to a wardrobe consultant about what sizes and looks are best for you.