How to Properly Take Measurements for Sizing
If you’re shopping in person, you will obviously have the chance to try on different sizes and styles of leather jackets to get the perfect fit. But if you’re shopping online, as most of us do these days, you’ll want to know your measurements to help ensure a great fit. Keep in mind, however, those measurements will only be helpful if they are taken correctly. Here’s how to get accurate measurements for jacket sizing:
1. USE A CLOTH OR PAPER MEASURING TAPE.
Do not use a metal tape measure. (Those are great for measuring flat surfaces; not so great for taking body measurements.) Also, don’t let the tape hang loose when you’re measuring, but avoid pulling the tape excessively tight as well.
2. MEASURE THE CHEST.
For the chest measurement, you will be measuring the full circumference of your chest. Begin with one end of the measuring tape at the fullest part of your chest. Then, keeping the tape level, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement.
3. MEASURE THE WAIST.
When measuring the waist, you will be measuring the full circumference of your natural waist. Note that your natural waist is below your rib cage and above your belly button. Many people erroneously measurebelow their belly button. (If you’re not sure exactly where to measure, bend to the side; your natural waistline is where the crease forms.) Like with the chest measurement, begin with one end of the measuring tape at the front, then keep the tape level as you circle your waist all the way back around to the front. (If you’re trying to get an accurate number, don’t suck in when you measure!)
4. MEASURE the sleeve length.
Accurately measuring sleeve length is tough to do by yourself, so ask someone to help with this one. This measurement includes more than just the length of your arm! Beginning with one end of the tape at the center of the top of your back (the middle of the base of the back of your neck), measure across to your shoulder and then down to your wrist. This entire length is your sleeve length measurement.