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Shirt Measurements

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I understand that a rule of thumb for purchasing tailored clothing (jackets)
is to allow an additional two inches from one's actual chest measurement.
So with a 40 inch chest one would get a jacket that at least measures 42 inches.
For shirts I have found that this does not seem to hold. I usually to have to buy
shirts that measure much more than two inches more than my chest measurement.
Some of these have to be tapered in the waist. So it is sometimes hit or miss when
purchasing online. Is there a reliable rule of thumb?
 

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+3 inches in the chest is usually a close/trim fit for a shirt. +4 is “average” and +5 is generous.
 

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+3 inches in the chest is usually a close/trim fit for a shirt. +4 is “average” and +5 is generous.
Thanks. Very useful.That's what I seem to have discovered buying and returning shirts but
I was looking for more of a formula.
 

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