MEASURE YOUR PERFECT SHIRT SIZE FAST AND EASY
How do I measure my shirt size correctly?
Shopping can be so easy if you know what you want - and most importantly, what you need! Because if you know your exact measurements, almost all wardrobe doors are open when you buy a shirt. But if your last shopping trip was a while ago and you don't remember your exact size, we have a quick and easy solution that will help you find your perfect shirt size in less than a minute. All you need is a tape measure, which you can easily measure yourself in two steps.
STEP 1: THE COLLAR WIDTH (= GERMAN CONFECTION SIZE)
How do I measure my collar width?
Since the collar size determines the ready-made size of a shirt, you should first measure your neck circumference. Stand upright and look straight ahead. Now lead the measuring tape around your neck underneath the Adam's apple and place a finger in between as a placeholder. This way the shirt will fit perfectly without constricting you at the collar.
Tip: If you always wear your shirt open, you can measure a little tighter.
If you know your collar size, you can easily determine your shirt size. Shirts are always divided into double sizes so that, for example, if you have a collar width of 39 to 40 centimeters, we recommend a shirt in size M, and if you have a collar width of 41 to 42 centimeters, we recommend a shirt in size L. The measurements of the shirt differ within a size (e.g. M) only in the width of the collar.
STEP 2: THE WAIST WIDTH
How do I measure my waist width?
In a second step, the waist size can be used to determine the optimal fit of your shirt. To do this, stand up straight and lead the measuring tape around you just under two centimeters above the navel. Do not try to pull in your stomach and continue breathing normally. Add another four to six centimeters so that you have enough room to move in your shirt later.
Tip: If you have a somewhat stronger figure, measure at the strongest part of your belly.
MEASURE THE REQUIRED LENGTH OF THE SHIRT
If you are still not quite sure which shirt size is right for you, or if you have special wishes regarding the shirt or sleeve length, the following two steps will certainly help you. For example, simply measure your desired shirt or sleeve length and make sure that the shirt always fits perfectly.
How do I measure the shirt length?
If you want the shirt to stay securely in the pants while sitting, you can determine the length of the shirt in addition to the collar and waist width.
To do this, lay the buttoned shirt flat on a table with its back facing upwards and measure from the middle of the collar base straight down to the end of the hem.
MEASURE THE ARM LENGTH
How do I measure my arm length?
If your shirt likes to disappear under the suit sleeve, you should also determine your personal sleeve length.
Lay the buttoned up shirt flat on a table with your back up and measure from the middle of the collar to the seam between sleeve and shoulder and then from there to the end of the cuff. Add up the two measuring distances to obtain your optimum sleeve length.
But what to do if you do not have a suitable shirt to measure?
How you can orientate yourself on certain parts of the body when taking measurements
How do I take measurements without a matching shirt?
If you don't have a matching shirt at hand to measure the length of your sleeves and back, you can easily orientate yourself by different points on your body. To determine the sleeve length, place the tape measure on the outermost edge of the shoulder bone and measure with slightly bent elbow down the arm to the middle of the back of the hand. | Find here all shirts with extra long sleeves and with it extra short sleeves
To find the right back length, place the tape measure in the middle of the neckline of an undershirt or T-shirt and lead it down to the point where the shirt should end. Tip: For men of stronger stature, it is recommended to measure on the belly side and, if necessary, while sitting. The larger measurement value should be used to determine the shirt length.
Check the fit: How should a shirt fit?
The best way to check whether the shirt really fits properly is to do a final check in front of the mirror. Put on the shirt and close the button panel up to the penultimate button.
The saddle, as the fabric part that is attached to the upper part of the back, can have a special influence on the fit of straight or hanging shoulders and should be checked if in doubt. The upper shirt seam should run exactly along your shoulders and end at the outermost edge of the shoulder. If you stretch your arms in front of your chest and there is nothing tightening or constricting your back, you can take hold with confidence.
The shirt length and shirt size
Tuck the shirt into your pants and lift both arms. Put your arms down again and pay attention how the shirt fits on the waistband. If the shirt slips out of the pants it is definitely too short. If the shirt throws huge fabric folds, the shirt is too big. No matter how your body is built, a shirt should always fit close to your body, because even too wide shirts tend to wear out rather than cover up. In this case try a narrower cut.
The perfect fit at a glance: When does a shirt fit properly?
- The top shirt button can be closed easily
- It fits exactly one finger width between neck and collar
- The closed button facing runs along the body without bulges
- The shirt stays in the trousers even when bending and stretching and does not cut in when sitting
- The shirt fits close to the body without tightening
- The shoulder seams run exactly on the shoulder and end at the outermost edge of the shoulder
- The shirt sleeve reaches to the middle of the back of the hand and protrudes slightly under the jacket
Shopping Tip - For orientation and to quickly find shirts for your own type of company when the tape measure is not available, you will find the following visual navigation aids on our store pages. Simply click on the figure type that fits your body and you will find all shirts of the respective category in your fit.