How to Measure Yourself for a Suit

Taking Your Own Suit Measurements

A well fitting suit will always look superior to an ill fitting one, even if they are thousands of pounds apart. That designer suit is wasted if the trousers are too wide, or the sleeves too short. Stuck between the cost of a high street tailor, and the fear of making a mistake in their own measurements, many people forego a fully tailored suit. The good news is it’s super easy to take your own suit measurements, simply follow the guide below and you can get your own Made to Measure – fully tailored custom tweed suit.

First things first

Before you begin you will need  a flexible / cloth measuring tape and a pen or some way of noting down your measurements.  If you have a dress shirt and trousers you know fit you well, you may want to wear them as well this will help you judge certain measurements.   If you have a friend handy this can help you judge certain measurements as well, but its not necessary.

It’s All About the Numbers

Once you are ready to start taking your measurements you should go through the list below.  This is not an exhaustive list but it usually gives us all we need, whilst still being simple to do yourself.  You should follow the instructions below as illustrated, using a relaxed but firm hand, you should not pull the tape measure tight. Round all measurements to the nearest centimetre. First record your height (in metres) and weight (in kg), this can help with overall sizing.

Trouser Measurements


Measure around your waist, or the height where you would like to wear your pants if this is slightly different.  If you have an existing pair of trousers that fit as you would like, wear them, and measure around the waist. Place  not pull the tape measure tight,

Trouser length / Outseam

Measure from the top of the waist , along the side pant seam, to the desired trouser length. This is typically around one 3cm above the ground. If you want to be sure you can wear the shoes you intend to wear with the suit.


Measure around the fullest part of your hips, making sure your pockets are empty and the tape is not restrictive. You should just barely feel the tape against your body.


Measure the circumfrence of your thigh at its widest point,  this is usually near the top of the inseam but may be slightly lower depending on your physique.


Jacket Measurements


Hold the measuring tape at roughly nipple level, and wind it under the armpits and over the shoulder blades (cm).


Measure the cirumfrance of your neck at the height where your collar would sit. If you wish to be sure you of the height you can wear a dress shirt that fits you well.

Sleeve Length

With your arm relaxed at your side, measure from the shoulder seam to your desired length, generally at the base of the thumb where it meets your wrist (cm).


Measure across the top of the back arching from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other, arching, not a straight line. If you struggle to identify the tip and have a shirt that fits well, you can simply measure between the shoulder seams.

Jacket Length

Measure from the tip of the shoulder (where the shoulder and armhole seams would meet) to your desired jacket length, which is usually around the thumb joint.


Flex your arm to 90 degrees and measure the circumference of your bicep at its widest point.


Measure around the circumference of your wrist at the point where the jacket sleeve would end, keep the tape measure snug but not tight.


Measure the widest part of your abdomen, usually around the level of your belly button, ensuring the tape is level.


It’s that easy.

Once you have all your measurements you can order your very own Made to Measure, Tweed Three Piece Suit and have a fully tailored suit at a fraction of the cost of a high street tailor.