Shirt chest measurement compared to actual chest measurement

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  1. yo!

    yo! Senior member

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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.
     
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    I think you'd need a lot more to be comfortable. It's at the waist you can be slimmer.
     
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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My shirts are ~ 3 inches larger than actual. Slim, but not tight.
     
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    I'd give yourself four or five inches, esp with the custom ones.

    Allow for shrinkage.

    In the future, you can tweak it.
     
  5. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Senior member

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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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    In the future, you can tweak it.

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  6. Icarium

    Icarium Senior member

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    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...
     
  7. whiteslashasian

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    Well done Jinda, well done.

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

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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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    whiteslashasian Senior member

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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. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks Icarium... Very nice brief, I was also searching for that. thnx again
     

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