Jacket Measurement Guide: How to Buy a Jacket That Actually Fits
August 17th, 2019 by Brown Traci
With so many retailers using vanity sizes that measure 2-3 sizes smaller than the actual clothing measurements, it’s more important than ever to take your own measurements in order to get the appropriate size.
Buying clothing online can be tricky, especially if you’re shopping for a new jacket. Luckily, many manufacturers include size charts that can help match your own measurements to help find the perfect fit.
Read on for our go-to guide on how to take your jacket measurements.
Quick Tips Before Taking Your Jacket Measurements
When you’re shopping for a new jacket online, it’s important to take your jacket measurements rather than just going with your usual size (i.e., small, medium, large, etc.). This is because many manufacturers go by different measurements to account for these sizes. However, if you buy from a manufacturer with a size chart, you can be sure you’re ordering the right fit.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin taking your jacket measurements:
- Remove any bulky clothing prior to taking your coat measurements. These can add extra inches and ultimately distort your numbers.
- When in doubt, size up. Jacket sizes can be tricky and unforgiving if the sizing is too small. Your best bet is to go with the larger size.
- Keep layering in mind. If you usually like to layer up with a sweatshirt or hoodie underneath your jacket, then add an inch or two to your measurements so you can get something slightly oversized.
By taking accurate measurements and following your manufacturer’s jacket size chart, you should be able to get an accurate reading of what size to buy. That way, you’ll have the right size the first time.
Step #1: Measure Your Chest/Bust
When purchasing coats and down jackets for women, it’s especially important to get an accurate reading of the appropriate chest or bust size. This will help make sure the jacket zips up all the way.
To get your measurement, lift your arms up and place a measuring tape snugly around the widest part of your chest or bust. Be sure you are holding the tape level.
Step #2: Measure Your Natural Waist
Wrap a measuring tape around your natural waist, or where your torso curves and becomes smaller. Your waist is usually right above your belly button but below your ribcage.
Step #3: Measure the Circumference of Your Hips
When taking jacket measurements for your hips, start with the tape on one hip and wrap it around until both ends meet. You want to measure around the widest part of your hips.
Step #4: Measure Your Sleeve Length
Getting your sleeve length right is especially important when taking your jacket measurements.
To get your sleeve length, place one of your hands on your hip so your elbow is slightly bent. Then, have a friend measure the distance from the base of your neck down to your wrist.
Size It Right
When it comes to buying a new jacket, it’s not the number on the tag that matters. It’s all about finding the perfect fit for you. Now that you know how to take your jacket measurements, you can be sure you’re getting the sizing right for your next jacket purchase.
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