Thanks. Would you recommend measuring the pieces of clothing and suits I have that fit pretty well to use as a comparison, then, in addition to obviously the body measurements?
Edited by Vincente Fox - 2/4/13 at 3:05pm
I don't know what point you are at in building a well fitting wardrobe, so in answer to your question I would definitely say yes, but I would also recommend that you look at some of the tailor's threads to get an idea of what a well fitting jacket/trousers looks like. In years past I thought I had well fitting items only to realize they all looked way too tight when assessed by a real tailor. Having your body measurements isn't as important as having the measurements for your well fitting clothing (unless you are ordering online MTM, which I would not recommend). People on eBay aren't going to know how your body measurements will fit their garments. They can only measure what they have in front of them. Then after that, learn what measurements are important to your fit. For instance, when I order from eBay I know that I have to have a jacket with at least 18 inches across the shoulders, 24.5 inch sleeves, 20 inches across the chest, and a length of around 30 inches from the bottom of the collar.. This generally equates to a 38 R jacket, but every manufacturer is different so I need to know the actual measurements of the item. If they aren't listed then I wont buy it.