How to Size Tuxedos


Perfect for a formal event like a wedding, a tuxedo makes a man look elegant and classy, but wearing the wrong size suit can have the opposite effect. Unlike buying a pair of pants or a shirt, a good fitting requires several accurate body measurements. Many formal wear rental stores recommend customers come into a showroom for measurement by a professional, but if that is not possible, you can measure yourself. You must take five specific measurements to get the best fit.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Notepad
  • Scale
  • Wrap the measuring tape around your body, just under the armpits. Add 2 inches to the measurement. For example, a 38-inch chest would be a 40-inch jacket measurement. Write this measurement down.

  • Move the tape to measure around your neck. Poke your finger under the tape, then take the measurement. Jot down the number.

  • Measure your sleeve length by holding your arm out straight, parallel to the floor and bending your elbow at a 90 degree angle, so your hand is sticking up in the air. Measure from the center of your back, to the elbow and then up to the wrist. You will need a friend to help you take this measurement. By bending your arm for the measurement, you make allowances for the natural movement of your arm.

  • Move the measuring tape around your natural waist. Record the measurement. If you have larger legs or thighs, you may have to order a larger size pants to accommodate your shape.

  • Lay a pair of well-fitting pants on a flat surface. Smooth the pants and fold one leg out of the way. Use the measuring tape to get an accurate inseam measurement. Add this number to your notes.

  • Weigh yourself and check your height if you need to. Having an accurate height and weight can help you get the most suitable size tuxedo.

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