How to Measure T-Shirt Size

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How to Measure T-Shirt Size
Find the right size T-shirt. (looking for a shirt image by Ramona smiers from Fotolia.com)

Determining the correct fit for a T-shirt is crucial in finding comfort. A shirt that is too tight or too loose can make you feel self-conscious and feel heavier than you may be. Measuring your body to find the best size for a T-shirt is a simple process that requires little more than a tape measure and a friend. Spending only a few minutes will give you measurements that will serve you for years to come when shopping for T-shirts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the tape measure under your arms and wrap it around the fullest part of your chest. Make sure the tape measure is parallel to the ground in order to get the most accurate measurement.

  2. 2

    Record the measurement in inches at the point where the two ends of the tape measure meet.

  3. 3

    Select a friend to help you record your correct sleeve measurement for long-sleeved T-shirts. Place your hand on your hip so that your inner arm and elbow area forms a right angle or an L-shape.

  4. 4

    Place the tape measure on the centre on your neck with the help of a friend. Have the friend stretch the tape measure to your elbow and record the measurement. Then measure the area from your elbow to your wrist and record that measurement as well. Add the two measurements together and you have your correct sleeve measurement.

Tips and warnings

  • T-shirts are made of different fabrics and thus have different fits. It is important to find out what type of material a shirt is made of, as cotton shirts have a looser fit, while materials containing lycra have a more clinging fit.

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