Measurements matter. The team at Inherent Clothier can’t wait to give you your very own “suit of armor” and, to do that, we’ll need to know your measurements. This process isn’t always clear cut, especially with the current state of things (thank you, COVID-19). Because of that, we wanted to give you a few quick tips on how to accurately find your measurements, so you can plug them into your account.
What To Wear:
We get this question a lot, and it’s a completely normal thing to wonder. After all, we aren’t exactly taught these things in school – unlike gentlemen of the past, who would learn all about the sartorial do’s and don’t’s from their fathers, grandfathers, and everyone before them. To answer this age-old question, however, the best pieces to wear are pieces that fit snugly to your body. A nice, fitted shirt and pants that allow the measuring tape to actually measure your body (not your body and some bunched up fabric) is a must. If you’d like, you can wear a pair of shoes that you wear often, this will come in handy for the inseam measurement.
Where To Start:
There are several measurements that any tailor or suitmaker is going to need to find your perfect fit. These are: your height, chest, waist, inseam, seat, and sleeve length. For some of these, you’ll want the assistance of someone else, which is why we offer our concierge service – from in-person measurements to online walkthroughs, we’ve got you covered. Now, height is the most straightforward measurement, stand up straight against a wall, being sure you don’t extend your neck or slouch your posture – the goal is accuracy.
To measure your chest, you need to measure the widest part of your torso (under your arms and across your chest). Make sure you aren’t holding your breath while you get this number. Like we said – accuracy. Now, to measure your waist for pant sizes, you’ll want to bend from side to side in order to find your “natural crease”. This is the part of your waist that you’ll want to measure, again being sure not to hold your breath or suck your waist in.
To find your inseam, stand with your legs about a foot apart, just shy of shoulder-width, and bring the measuring tape from your crotch to the bottom of that shoe we mentioned earlier. This is important so that the pants aren’t too short or too long. Next up, you’ll want to measure your seat. To do this, rest the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips, but don’t pull the tape too tightly. As a general rule of thumb, you should be able to put two fingers beneath the tape measure easily.
Finally, you’ll want to grab your sleeve length. To do this, start at your shoulder seam, and measure down to about two inches past your wrist. This way the sleeve will fall naturally where it’s supposed to.
Once you’ve got this information, fill in your measurements in your profile. Through our work with a mathematician, we’ve created a unique, one-of-a-kind equation that makes it so our experts can find you your perfect fit.
To Your Health,
The Inherent Clothier Team