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How to Measure for Your Suit

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Have you heard the news? All of our Suits are being sold as separates!

You might ask, why is this such a big deal? Well, it means that you can now purchase each piece of a suit individually-sized to ensure the best fit for you. We know that every body is different, and we want to make it easy for you to find your perfect fit in Paul Fredrick, from head to toe.

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Here’s how to determine which size you need in:

Suit Jackets:
For suit jacket sizing, you'll have to measure your chest size with measuring tape. (Tip: It can be difficult to do this yourself, so ask a friend to help.) Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping the tape under your arms and parallel to the floor. Your chest measurement determines the numerical size for your jacket. You’ll also need to know your height, since it will determine what length you need for your suit jacket. If you are up to 5'7" you wear a Short; 5'8" to 6' is a Regular; 6' to 6'3" is a Long, and 6'3" and up is an Extra-Long. For example, if you are 5'9" and your chest measurement is 40 inches, you wear a size 40 Regular.

Suit Vests:
In order to achieve a more accurate fit, we now offer chest sizing in our suit vests. You’ll use the same measurements you used for your jacket size. Choosing the right vest size requires only your chest measurement, and you may further alter the fit using the adjustable belt on the back of the vest. So, returning to our hypothetical example, if you wear a size 40 Regular in suit jackets, you’ll be a size 40 in vests.

Inseam size Measurement Image Waist Size Measurement image

Suit Pants:
Our pants have a traditional fit with a generous rise and are designed to sit at the waist. To determine your fit in suit pants, you must obtain two additional measurements: your waist size and your inseam. Measure your waist at the height you normally wear your pants. That’s your waist size, which is the number you’ll be using to order the correct pant size. The easiest way to find your inseam is to lay a pair of pants flat, then use the measuring tape to measure from the crotch seam to the bottom of one pant leg. We currently perform alterations in-house for a small fee and upon request, we can tailor your pants to your specific inseam ending in a plain hem or 1 ½" cuff. Therefore, if your waist measurement is 42 inches and you have an inseam of 29 inches, you’ll be a size 42 in pants and upon your request we will alter the inseam to 29 inches with a plain or cuffed hem, your choice.

We hope this sizing refresher was helpful and that you are now just as excited as we are for you to try out our suit separates!

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  • Posted on by John Brewer

    How do I measure my arm length for a sport coat?

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