What Size Shirt Should I Buy?

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Whether you’re shopping for a new shirt for a night out or an upcoming event, not getting the right fit can be a nightmare. You might not want — or have the time — to head to a tailor for a bespoke look, and buying a standard shirt is a risk — how can you guarantee it’ll complement your shape or even fit right?

Is there another way?

At Eversbrook, we understand the concerns of the modern stylish man, and it’s our aim to make shirt shopping as easy as possible. There’s little worse than a shirt that doesn’t fit right, whether it’s too long around the waist, too short in the arms or too tight around the collar. You risk either looking like you’ve squeezed into a shirt one size too small or being dwarfed in a shirt that’s too big.

Our made-to-order designer shirts give you the tailor-made look without the time, effort and expense. But what size shirt should you buy? In this guide, we explain how to pick the right fit.

The Shirt Sizing Scales

When deciding what size shirt you should buy, you first need to understand the sizing scale used. There are two sizing scales for dress shirts: numerical and alpha. The numerical scale is based on the neck and arm length, while alpha sizing is something you’ll likely be familiar with when buying any type of clothing, as it graduates from small (S) to extra-large (XL).

Alpha sizing is commonly used because it gives you greater control to ensure you pick the right fit, and it’s the sizing scale we use for all of our luxury shirts. Sizes are determined by the collar, sleeve, chest and waist measurements, and it’s crucial to measure carefully and always check the sizing chart to ensure you pick the right size for your body.

Neck or Collar Measurement

The collar, or neck, measurement, is the most important when it comes to picking the right size shirt. Your collar will be on constant display, and it’s not something that can be easily hidden underneath a blazer or suit jacket. That being said, a high-quality shirt is an investment, and you don’t want to be hiding it — that’s why it’s crucial to get the right size from the get-go.

To measure your collar, wrap the tape measure around your neck while keeping a finger underneath. This ensures you don’t opt for a shirt that is too tight around the collar. Your shirt should be comfortable and breathable, not restrictive. Alternatively, take a shirt that already fits well, unbutton it and spread it out, ensuring the collar is straight and taut. Measure from the centre of the collar button across to the furthest edge of the buttonhole. To get your collar measurement, round up to the nearest half-inch (for example, if your neck measures 15.3 inches, round it up to 15.5 inches.

Sleeve Length Measurement

You can always hide short sleeves underneath a blazer or roll back longer sleeves, but this affects the versatility of your dress shirt and is counterintuitive — you should be able to show off your new shirt (for the right reasons).

To measure your sleeve length, measure from the centre back of your neck, over your shoulder and down your arm to your wrist. Bend your arms slightly to ensure your final measurement doesn’t come up short.

If you want to avoid awkwardly contorting your body, measure your shirt without wearing it. To do this, spread your shirt dress change to dress shirtout so that it’s lying on its front. Take your tape and measure from the back of the collar to the end of the cuff. Your tape measure should follow a straight diagonal line.

Chest Measurement

To measure your chest, you might want to grab a second pair of hands. Hold your arms directly out and up to your sides, and have your helper measure around your chest from directly under your armpits. The rest of the tape measure should fall parallel to the ground. Find the overlap, and that’s your chest measurement.

Waist Measurement

The final measurement you need to make to find the right size shirt for you is the waist. Getting this measurement right is just as important. Too big and your shirt will look puffy when tucked into your trousers; too tight and it’ll be uncomfortable and won’t provide the full range of movement you need when on the move.

The waist measurement for a dress shirt is slightly different from the waist measurement you’ll use when buying trousers. Measure around the fullest part of your belly. Depending on your build and the length of your arms, this may be on the same line where your elbows naturally hang when standing with your arms by your sides, or it may be lower and closer to your belly button.

It’s important to stand in a relaxed position and breathe naturally — you don’t want to puff out your stomach or suck yourself in, unless you plan on doing that all day! We recommend slightly loosening the tape measure — it shouldn’t be squeezing your skin — try holding a finger underneath the front of the tape.

Finding the Right Shirt for You

Once you’ve got your measurement, it’s time to consult the sizing guide to find your size. All of our shirts have a tailored fit to complement all body shapes. Want to accentuate your shoulders? Opt for a multi-colourway dress shirt in white and sky blue, which has a coloured front panel that slims the waist and broadens the chest. If you’re looking for less of a contrast, go for a stylish grey-blue combination.

Our luxury dress shirts are designed to seamlessly take you from the office to the bar. Wherever you’re going, our 100% cotton breathable shirts look and feel great. Armed with your measurements, you can get your perfect-sized shirt made to order.

Wondering what size shirt to buy? Take your measurements and browse our exclusive collection. Our luxury designer shirts come in sizes small to extra-large and are available in a range of colours to suit you. Shop today for 10% off your first order, or get in touch with our team for help determining the right shirt for your body shape.

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