you want to look sharp in a shirt or jacket, knowing how to measure your sleeve length is crucial.
Whether you’re having a custom shirt made or just trying to get the right size when buying one online, fit is king.
Measuring your sleeve length isn’t difficult, but it is something that a lot of people get wrong.
In this post I’ll show you a quick, easy and effective way to measure you sleeve length, so you can make sure your shirts and jackets fit like a… well, a perfectly-fitting shirt or jacket.
How to Measure Sleeve Length Accurately
These Three Steps Make Measuring Sleeve Length Easy
Measure Neck to Shoulder
Most people who end up with an inaccurate sleeve measurement get it wrong because they skip this crucial first step.
Measure from the nape of your neck (the center point of your neck, at the back) down to where shoulder meets the top of your arm. This is where the should seam should hit on a shirt that fits properly. Record that number.
Measure Shoulder to Wrist
Next measure from that same spot, down to your wrist.
Important: Make sure you bend your elbow slightly when taking this measurement. If you keep your arm perfectly straight, you’ll end up with a measurement that’s too short, and your sleeve won’t have enough length to move with your arm.
Add ‘Em Up
Once you’ve properly taken the two measurements above, add them up to calculate your proper sleeve length.
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