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Shirt chest measurement compared to actual chest measurement

post #1 of 10
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I will be having some shirts made as well as having some tailored. I wanted to know what you guys typically have for a difference in the measurement of your shirt chest to the actual chest size. For example, I have a 41" chest and am contemplating having my shirts taken to a chest size of 21.5" (43 inches total). This would be a difference of 2". I am looking for a trim fit but still being able to breath.
post #2 of 10
I think you'd need a lot more to be comfortable. It's at the waist you can be slimmer.
post #3 of 10
My shirts are ~ 3 inches larger than actual. Slim, but not tight.
post #4 of 10
I'd give yourself four or five inches, esp with the custom ones.

Allow for shrinkage.

In the future, you can tweak it.
post #5 of 10
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I'd give yourself four or five inches, esp with the custom ones.



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Allow for shrinkage.



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Originally Posted by mack11211 View Post
In the future, you can tweak it.

post #6 of 10
On propercloth they recommend to "divide your actual chest measurement by two and add 3 inches" for shirt chest width. For me, this results in 37"/2 + 3" = 21.5". Now, I can tell you right now that I SWIM in a shirt that measures 21.5" across the chest. Where are they getting this?? Even adding 4-5" as the other posters suggested gives (37" + 4") / 2 = 20.5". Do any of you skinny guys have more input for myself and the OP on what the standard amount to add for a slim (but properly) fitting shirt should be? I really feel like my shirts look best with a width of around 20", but perhaps I am buying them too tight...
post #7 of 10
Well done Jinda, well done. I'd give at least 3 inches, probably more like 4, to the overall Circumference and go from there.
post #8 of 10
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Well done Jinda, well done.

I'd give at least 3 inches, probably more like 4, to the overall diameter and go from there.

You mean 3 or 4 inches to the overall circumference? Diameter, to me, means the pit-to-pit width.
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You mean 3 or 4 inches to the overall circumference? Diameter, to me, means the pit-to-pit width.

Brain fart. Thanks for catching that.
post #10 of 10
Thanks Icarium... Very nice brief, I was also searching for that. thnx again
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