Dress Shirts Measurements

Dress shirt measurements are primarily based on 4 areas, neck, sleeve, chest, and waist. Below is a simple guide on how to properly take these measurements.

Dress Shirts Measurements

Neck Measurement

The neck is measured with a tape measure simply wrapped around the middle of the neck area and with a finger added for extra comfort space. If individual is not present but access to a great fitting shirt is available, you can measure the neck of the shirt from the buttonhole center to the button.

Industry average for neck measurement (plus a finger for room) is as follows:

XS: 13.5″

S: 14.5″

M: 15.5″

L: 16.5″

XL: 17.5″

XXL: 18.5″

Dress Shirts Measurements

Sleeve Measurement

The sleeve is measured with a tape measure from the back of the neck to the shoulder tip and all the way down to the wrist. If individual is not present, you can take a shirt and lay it flat on the back and do the same measurement on the shirt.

Industry average for the shirt sleeve measurement is as follows:

XS: 31-32.5″

S: 32-33.5″

M: 33-34.5″

L: 34-35.5″

XL: 35-36.5″

XXL: 36-37.5″

Dress Shirts Measurements

Chest Measurement

The chest is measured with a tape measure right under the armpits all the way around the body. If person is not present, you can take a great fitting shirt, lay it flat and measure from under the armpit seam across to the other side under armpit seam.

Industry average for the shirt chest measurement, not the actual chest is as follows:

XS: 33-35.5″

S: 36-38.5″

M: 39-41.5″

L: 42-44.5″

XL: 45-47.5″

XXL: 48-50.5″

Dress Shirts Measurements

Waist Measurement

The waist is measured with a tape measure at the the trimmest area just above the belly button all the way around the body. If person is not present, you can take a great fitting shirt, lay it flat and measure across the back of the shirt at the trimmest area