In the blog, we outline the best methods for measuring
yourself up for a new coat, focusing specifically on how to measure sleeve
length, chest size and overall length.
1. Remove any thick clothing
Items such as woollen jumpers,
sweatshirts and hoodies should be removed before you start measuring. While you
should keep on any clothing you would regularly wear under a coat - such as
t-shirts and thin sweatshirts - any additional layers that may give you an
inaccurate measurement should be taken off.
2. Measure your chest
For this stage you will likely need a friend to help you, as measuring your own chest size can be fiddly. You will need a tape measure, a pencil and a piece of paper or notebook to do this.
3. Measure waist circumference
Although not the first thing you
think of when it comes to coats, measuring your waist is an essential part of
sizing yourself up for a new coat. Whether a coat zips or buttons up, it should
fasten neatly over your natural waist without feeling tight or showing signs of
Particularly important if you are
unsure what size of long, knee length winter coat you need, to successfully
measure your waist, you need to first identify where the natural crease of your
waist sits when you bend to one side. This will typically be higher than where
your trouser waistline sits, between your belly button and the bottom of your
ribcage. From this point, use a tape measure to measure all away around your
torso, keeping the tape parallel to the ground.
4. Measure shoulder width
Next it’s time to measure your shoulders. This is an important measurement as if you are too broad, or not broad enough, for a particular sized coat, the shoulder areas of the garment may bunch up or sag down over your upper arms. When this happens, winkles and/or lumps will also appear in the sleeves.
To take this measurement, stand at
ease and ask a friend to stretch a measuring tape horizontally across the top
of your back and shoulders. The measurement should be taken from the very end
of one shoulder, where your arm naturally starts to slope down towards your
elbow, to the other.
5. Measure for sleeve length
This stage is important as if the sleeves of a potential coat or jacket you are thinking about purchasing are too long or short, the entire garment - regardless of other measurements - will look wrong. If the sleeves are too long, this will also make the coat impractical to wear.
To start measuring, your friend
should place one end of the measuring tape on your backbone, right at the base
of your neck (the nape). One arm at a time, the tape should then run over the
top of your shoulder (where the seam of a shirt would feature), down the arm,
stopping just below the wrist bone. Make sure you note the measurement down
upon completion. Although both arms should be the same length, there may be a
small discrepancy. However, this will typically be so small it will not affect
what sleeve length you will need to opt for.
6. Identify the perfect length coat
Unlike other stages discussed
above, this measurement does not involve sizing up a specific part of your body
but instead estimating what length of coat or jacket will best suit you based
on your torso height. This measurement is important because the length of
jackets and coats will vary depending on the style and brand you choose.
6. Identify the perfect length coat
While most standard size coats
should measure from the shoulder to the top of the thigh, other garments such
as trench coats, reefa jackets and traditional overcoats are designed to hang
lower. For this reason, to take this measurement, ask your friend to place the
tape measure at the top of your shoulder and simply measure down the front of
your chest to find your desired length. This may be the top of the thigh, your
knee, or even your ankle.
7. Check the sizing guide for the brand you’re buying from
The final stage of measuring
yourself for a new coat involves taking all the measurements you have taken and
checking them against the sizing guide used by the brand or shop you are
considering purchasing from. Most companies, including Chums, make their sizing guides readily
available. These simple charts will typically list the sleeve length, chest
size, and overall height and width of their products, aligning each with a
specific size recommendation (XL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL etc). This means you can
decide which size coat you need or, if the sizes don’t quite work for you, look
at other brands or shops for a coat that will fit you better.
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