Webster Style: Size Matters!

Size does matter! Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about wearing the correct size of one’s clothing. Too many times during my travels around time I encounter far too many gentleman with improperly fitting clothing. What is the point of dressing to impress if your clothes don’t fit. That entirely defeats the purpose, and renders one as more of a candidate to show up on “What Not to Wear” than the next “Best Dressed Real Man In America.

First things first…..GET MEASURED!

Most of us don’t have some extraordinary mutant power that allows us to look in the mirror and calculate our correct clothing sizes (at least I don’t), so we have to get our proportions measured. Now the easiest way of doing this is to get someone else to do it for you. Going to a tuxedo shop and showing an interest in renting is a good way to get a free measurement. I understand that some (if not many) don’t want to go through the hassle of doing this, and others just may prefer to do it themselves. In both cases only one question comes up, “What the heck am I measuring?”


When measuring for your proper shirt size, the most important numbers to gather are your neck size and your arm/sleeve length. For your neck, you should wrap your measuring tape around beginning at the Adam’s apple. Come all the way around making sure that you don’t leave any space to ensure that you get an accurate measurement. The obtained measurement will be your actual neck size. Your shirt size will be about .5 inches larger than your neck size (Neck size =16 – Shirt size = 16 1/2), remember you don’t want to suffocate just to look good. In regards to your arm, you should measure beginning at the middle of your back to your shoulder. next measure from the shoulder to the bottom of your wrist. Adding these two measurements will give you a range for the proper length of your sleeves. Check out this video from Howcast for a detailed demonstration.


When it comes to pants there are only three things that you need to know: the waist, the inseam, and the outer seam. When it comes to measuring your waist, begin by placing the measuring tape an inch over your belly button. Wrap the tape around your body until you return to your belly button. Record that measurement and add another inch to get your waist size.Remember don’t cheat by sucking in your stomach.

To measure your outer seam, place the tape at your natural waistline and measure down your outer leg to desired length.To measure your inseam, measure the length from the crotch of the pants to the bottom of the leg, or measure the outer seam and subtract 10 inches. Check out this video by EHow to get a better idea of how to measure your inseam.


A proper fitting blazer can turn a nice outfit into one that makes everyone’s head turn in your direction. In order to get the proper size, first measure your chest just under your arms and across the shoulder blades, holding tape level and even. Your blazer sizes will be equal to your chest size. For example, if you have a 40″ chest, you would wear a size 40 blazer. Whether you need a Short (S), Regular (R), or a Long (L) is determined by how tall you are.Check out this great video curtsey of EHow.

When it come to the clothes that you wear, sizes does matter. Outside of the above tips, make sure you try it on first. Just because it says its your size doesn’t mean it will fit. Every manufacturer cuts their clothes differently so try it on first just to be on the safe side.



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