One of the great things about the internet is that if you’re willing to spend the time searching for something, you can almost always find it. This is especially true when it comes to finding clothes in extended sizes. The biggest problem? Sizing isn’t universal, and not being able to try something on before you buy it makes getting exactly what you need a bit trickier. The 2X shirt you wear from one brand probably doesn’t fit the same way as a similar 2X shirt from another brand. This makes finding something that fits you well a bit more difficult. Reading a website’s fit guide can help, but only if you know your actual size.
I highly recommend that you let a professional take your measurements. Unless you can bend like a yoga instructor, it can be very difficult to get accurate measurements on your own. A tailor can do this for you quickly and easily, and send you on your way. We’ve discussed in a past article why you should befriend a tailor. Take a look.
Still not convinced? If you’re going it on your own, here are a few important tips for self measurement:
Let a Friend Help: Even if you’ve decided to do your own measurements, having a friend or family member there can help speed things along, and ensure that the numbers are accurate. If you have the luxury of choosing who helps you, try to recruit someone with alteration experience – they’ll probably have a better grasp of how to measure you, how your clothing should fit, and what measurements are most important.
Get a Proper Tape Measure: The Stanley tape measure you use before cutting a 2×4 isn’t going to work so well when it comes to getting exact body measurements. Pick up a tailor measuring tape – it’s flexible, and can wrap around the various body parts that need to be measured with ease. You can get one at the local hobby store for a few dollars.
Don’t Overdress: You’re going for accuracy, so don’t wear a lot of clothing when you’re getting measured. The less you wear, the easier it is to get proper measurements. Boxers and a t-shirt should be enough to get the job done.
Wear Shoes When Measuring Your Inseam: It’s important to wear shoes when you’re getting an inseam measurement. Pants need to be the appropriate length when you’ve got your shoes on, not when you’re barefoot, so wearing shoes ensures that the legs of your pants fall where they should.
Measure Where You Wear Your Pants: Bigger guys tend to wear their pants lower than their thinner counterparts, so keep that in mind when taking down your waist size. You’re measuring for appropriate fit, and for comfort, and getting this right is important.
Don’t Forget to Measure Everything: Get measurements from head to toe. Knowing everything from your hat size to your shoe size just makes it that much easier to find clothing that fits you appropriately. And be sure to write your measurements down for future use. With this kind of information, you can better use fit guides on websites to ensure a good fit.
If all else fails, reconsider having a pro take your measurements. Destination XL stores will measure you and alter your clothing, should the need arise, making the entire process quick and painless for you.