How to measure
Let’s face it, some of us are in denial! Some of us wear uniform shirts and trousers that are unnecessarily tight, and some of us wear uniform shirts and trousers that are exceedingly loose and baggy. Either exaggerated scenario can reflect an unprofessional image. Our professionalism and attention-to-detail should be reflected in our appearance. A professional image not only compliments the wearer, their attention-to-detail, but also compliments their department and organization! Reflect your attention-to-detail by maintaining a sharp, professional image.
Some of us “think” we know our sizes. Nevertheless, to wear our uniform and corporate apparel appropriately, we must sometimes take new measurements. Going up a size in a particular garment is not necessarily bad news! Different manufactures sometimes have their own variation to sizes, thus having different measurements. Hence, it is most common for an individual to require trousers one size larger than their measured waist. This can allow enough room in the seat, thighs and hips for the trousers to drape and fall as they should.
For a more accurate and correct fit, use the following guidelines:
Hat size - Measure across your brow just above your ears, keeping the tape parallel to the floor. For female sizes, this measurement in inches is your hat size. For male and generic sizes, divide the measurement in inches by 3.14 to obtain your hat size to the nearest 1/8". If available, hat sizing-samples are recommended.
Collar - Measure around your neck at the point where the collar is worn, pulling the tape tight enough to remove gaps between the tape and the skin, but not so tight as to depress and discolor the skin. Round up to the next 1/2" for your collar size. Another technique is to measure the collar of a comfortably fitting shirt while laying it on a flat surface. Measure from the center of the button to the outside edge of the button hole and round up to the next 1/2".
Chest/bust - While standing erect, but relaxed, measure around the largest part of the chest or bust with the tape passing under the arms, remaining parallel to the floor, and snug. Snug is firm, but not tight.
Waist - While standing relaxed, measure around your waist where the trousers are worn; generally this is the smallest part of the waist. Pull the tape snug. Snug is firm, but not tight.
Hips - While standing relaxed with your feet together, measure around the fullest part of your hips (seat), keeping the tape parallel to the floor and snug. Snug is firm, but not tight. Remove wallets and cell phones from your pockets prior to taking the measurement.
Skirt length - Measure from your waistline to the center of your kneecap.
Inseam - Measure the inside seam from the crotch to the bottom of the trouser leg. A good technique is to measure a pair of well-fitting trousers while laying them on a flat surface.
Sleeve measurement - Extend the arm straight out to the side (parallel to the floor), and bend the arm/elbow at a 90° angle (parallel to the floor). Start at the center of the back and measure across the shoulder to the elbow and down to just past the wrist bone (see image below).
HOW TO MEASURE:
For a Correct Fit -
• Please refer to size charts.
• Measurements refer to body and not garment measurements.
• Always confirm a proper fit prior to the first wash - we are unable
to accept washed garment returns.
• Women’s sizes and fit are usually available in indicated shirts, pants
• If you need assistance, call T&T Uniforms, Inc. (toll free) 866-568-2638
1. Height: Stand straight against a wall without your shoes. Make a mark level with the top of your head. Measure from this point down to the floor.
2. Neck: Measure around the base of the neck where a collared shirt would fit, or measure a collarband on a shirt that fits you well. Lay the collarband flat. Measure from the beginning of the button hole to the center of the button.
3. Chest: Measure well up under your arms, across your shoulder blades and over the fullest part of your chest. Hold the tape firmly, but not tightly. Be sure the tape is level and straight across your back. Stand naturally.
4. Sleeve: Extend the arm straight out to the side (parallel to the floor), and bend the arm/elbow at a 90° angle (parallel to the floor). Start at the center of the back and measure across the shoulder to the elbow and down to the wrist bone (see image below). The number of inches shown is the sleeve length.
5. Waist: First, remove your belt. Then, measure over shirt (not over pants) at the position you normally wear your pants. Hold the tape firmly, but not tightly.
6. Hips: Stand with your heels together. Measure around the fullest part of the hips, holding tape measure level.
7. Inseam: Use similar style pants that fit you well. Lay them flat, with the front and back creases smooth. Measure along the inside seam of one leg from the bottom of hem to the crotch.
8. The person being measured should always stand erect, looking forward; and not at the person doing the measuring.
DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE “MUMMY” TEST:
Many people often assume that their long-sleeves are too short when they extend their arms straight out in front of them (like a mummy!). Because of this action, their sleeves are forced and “pulled” up the arms by the flexing of the shoulders, back, and the obvious extension of the arms. This results in pulling the sleeves away from the natural and correct fall-position of the sleeve. This “inaccurate testing” by the wearer is often referred to as the “Mummy Test”. REMEMBER, the true and correct measurement of a long-sleeve shirt is that of the sleeves falling just below the wearer’s wristbone while standing erect or at "attention". These measurements are especially important when correctly wearing inspection-ready uniforms and for honor guard details. Sleeves that are longer than necessary are often referred to as a “sloppy” and un-tailored appearance.
PLEASE TRY IT ON! The most accurate way to insure a proper fit is to TRY ON a fit sample of the actual garment to be worn. It's even better if fit samples are pre-washed to reduce stiffness and allow for slight shrinkage (especially with 100% cotton garments). Even if mixed-blend fabrics (poly-cotton) are obviously tight on the wearer, the wearer should consider a larger size.
Tip: When using fit samples, use a sample of the garment that will actually be worn. If you switch styles or suppliers, you need to re-fit with pre-washed samples of the new garment. Garments are cut differently depending on the style. A medium in one style may be too small in another!
Measuring: Taking correct measurements is the best thing. Discourage individuals from measuring themselves. Individual measurements are sometimes inaccurate. It's too easy to make a mistake, especially when measuring hard to reach places.
DO try to have the individual wear the actual shoes to be worn with the uniform. The style and type of shoe worn with a uniform will affect the pant length. Please keep this in mind when measuring.
DO NOT adjust the measurement to allow for shrinkage. Potential shrinkage has already been figured into sizing the garment.
DO order the larger size if measurements fall between two sizes (unless the individual being measured prefers their uniforms to fit a little tighter).
Unless the individual is certain, never simply ask an individual what size they wear. Uniform sizes do not necessarily relate to retail sizes and most people will state their best retail size when asked (or they may guess at it, or tell what they'd like it to be!). Besides, many retail sizes may reflect baggy and “relaxed” fits.
Waist measurements! Don't let them “suck it in” to cheat the actual measurement. If they do, they'll pay for it later with a fit that's probably too snug. Just have them stand up straight and relaxed. Yes, let it fall naturally!
When ordering, be sure to give all sizes requested. For example, some shirts require a neck and sleeve length.
Measuring Guidelines: Measuring Men
A. Neck Size: Standing at his side, hold the tape snugly around his neck, preferably under exactly where the collar would rest. The number of inches shown is his neck size.
B. Sleeve Length: Extend the arm straight out to the side (parallel to the floor), and bend the arm/elbow at a 90° angle (parallel to the floor). Start at the center of the back and measure across the shoulder to the elbow and down to the wrist bone (see image below).The number of inches shown is the sleeve length.
C. Chest Size: Standing in front, measure around the fullest part of his chest, under the arms and around the shoulder blades. The number of inches shown is his chest size.
D. Waist Size: Standing in front, measure around his natural waistline, just above the hipbones. The number of inches shown is his waist size.
E. Inseam: You stand in front. Have him stand with both feet flat on the ground with legs straight and slightly apart. Have him hold one end of the tape measure at the base of his crotch seam. You straighten the tape down the inside of his leg to the top of his shoe. The number of inches shown is his inseam length. Remember, this measurement will be more accurate if he is wearing the actual shoes to be worn with the uniform.
Measuring Guidelines: Measuring Women
A. Bust: Standing to her side and holding tape firmly under one arm, measure around the shoulder blades, under arms and around the fullest part of her bust. She should keep her arms to her sides as much as possible - it will affect the measurement if they are raised too high. The number of inches shown is her bust size.
B. Waist: Standing to her side, measure around her natural waistline. The number of inches shown is her waist size.
C. Seat (hips): Standing to her side, measure around the fullest part of her hips. Start 7 to 8 inches below the natural waistline. Keep tape parallel to the floor and snug. If the tape can't be moved up and down, it's not around the fullest part. The number of inches shown is her seat (or hip) measurement.
D. Inseam/Outseam (alternative measurement): You stand in front. Have her stand with both feet flat on the ground with legs straight and slightly apart. Have her hold one end of the tape measure at the base of her crotch seam. You straighten the tape down the inside of her leg to the top of her shoe. The number of inches shown is her inseam length. Remember - this measurement will be more accurate if she is wearing the actual shoes to be worn with the uniform. Measuring the outseam may be performed as a more comfortable or “respectful” means of measuring the length of women\’s trousers. Have her stand erect, with her feet together. Kneeling at her side, measure her outseam from the top of the trouser waistline to the bottom of the trouser (hem).
Some women request wearing male shirts and trousers. In these cases use the same means of measuring as you would in males. For example:
E. Sleeve Length: Extend the arm straight out to the side, and bend the arm/elbow at a 90° angle (parallel to the floor). Start at the center of the back and measure across the shoulder to the elbow and down to the wrist bone (see image below).The number of inches shown is the sleeve length.
F. Neck Size: Standing at her side, hold the tape snugly around her neck, preferably under exactly where the collar would rest. The number of inches shown is her neck size.