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TUXEDO SHIRT SIZING:
Selecting your shirt size should be a relatively easy process. Let's get started by answering the following question:
Do I currently have a dress shirt in my closet that already fits me well?
If "YES" ...
Simply find the size label on your dress shirt. It is usually located in the inside of the shirt near the collar. Below is an example of a dress shirt tag:
As you can see in the photo above, there are usually (2) sets of numbers on a shirt label. The first number (ex. 15 1/2) is the "collar size". The second number (ex. 34 - 35) is the "sleeve length". You should be able to find a similar tag in the dress shirt that you currently own.
If "NO" ...
We will want to get your "collar size" and your "sleeve length measurement". You'll need a flexible tape measure and someone to assist you in taking the measurement.
TO MEASURE MY COLLAR SIZE:
Take the measurement around the base of your neck and add 1/2 inch to the measurement; this is your "collar size".
|XS||13" - 13.5"|
|S||14" - 14.5"|
|M||15" - 15.5"|
|L||16" - 16.5"|
|XL||17" - 17.5"|
|2XL||18" - 18.5"|
|3XL||19" - 20"|
|4XL||21" - 22"|
|5XL||23" - 24"|
TO MEASURE MY SLEEVE LENGTH:
COMMON MISTAKES WITH SLEEVE LENGTH:
Some gentleman will measure their "sleeve length" incorrectly because they will start their measurement at the "top of the shoulder" instead of starting at the "middle of the back / bottom of neck". This can often reduce several inches from your correct measurement. When this happens, gentleman will sometimes order a 30/31 sleeve instead of the desired longer sleeve length.
For reference, here are some general sizing guidelines regarding "shirt sleeve lengths":
30/31 sleeve = usually 5'5" or shorter
32/33 sleeve = usually 5'6" to 5'9"
34/35 sleeve = usually 5'10" to 6'1"
36/37 sleeve = usually 6'2" to 6'4"
38/39 sleeve = usually 6'5" or taller
* NOTE: obviously, gentleman come in different shapes and sizes so the above guidelines may not be 100% accurate for everyone; however, it does serve as a good general guideline
REGULAR / MODERN FIT vs. SLIM FIT:
Regular / Modern Fit shirts are available in sizes 14 to 24 and are designed to fit the average gentleman. It is a comfortable and relaxed fit. For gentleman who desire a shirt that is more tailored in the chest, waist and arms for a trimmer fit, they can go with the Slim Fit shirts. Slim Fit shirts are usually available in sizes 14.5 to 18.5 (depending on the brand).