How to Measure a Man's Chest

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To measure a man's chest, wrap the tape measure around the largest part of the chest, and combine that measurement with measurement from over the arm. Avoid pulling the tape measure tight when taking a chest measurement with advice from the owner of a men's fashion store in this free video on men's clothing.

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How to measure a man's chest. Measuring a man's chest, um, will come into play when you need to figure out a jacket size. The only thing is, is that it can never be that simple. When you measure a man's chest, you need to measure the chest and then also the over-arm. Ah, those two things combined will tell you the jacket size or give you a rough idea on where to start. And then, from there, you can decide on if there needs to be tailoring or anything else. Okay, so, we'll start with measuring a chest. You want to wrap the tape measure around and keep it straight, all the way across. And you go across the biggest part of his chest. Now if you measure across the biggest part of his chest, he measures a 35. Now take into account his over-arm which should be about ten inches different than his chest, around ten inches. And he measures forty-four and a half. Now, these two things combined, chances are, he will be a 36 short jacket. When you're measuring your chest, you want to make sure that you don't pull the tape tight. You want to keep it a little bit loose. So if you wrap it around the biggest part, if you pull it tight, he could be a 34. You want to make sure to keep it loose and even be able to put your finger in between. Now he's measuring a 35. Men's jackets start at 36. I would start him at a 36 jacket.

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