Tuxedo Perfect Fit Formula

Tuxedo Measurements and Comparison Charts – The Perfect Fit Formula

by Al's Formal Wear

April 1, 2016

Garment Fit + Body Type + Measurements = Perfect Fit

The 7 Important Measurements Principles of Tuxedo Perfect Fit Formula are:

  1. Neck – Measure around the neck and add 1/2″ to the measurement.
  2. Sleeve Length – Measure from the center of the collar and follow outside contour of the back and arm to the crease in the wrist.
  3. Chest – Measure around chest as high as possible under arms, with arms down at sides. Put your hand under the tape. This will check overarm measurement.
  4. Overarm – Measure overarm at top of muscle. Deduct 6″ from overarm measurement to get coat size.
  5. Waist – Measure around waist at line of navel. Waist measurement should be pulled snug – not loose!
  6. Hip – Measure hip at largest point. Subtract 8 inches to find proper waist size.
  7. Outseam – Measure from top of pant waist-band down. The outside of leg to middle of shoe above the heel.

Coat Formula

  • When measuring chest, put your hand between the body and measuring tape to get approximate coat size. Always fit coat slightly large.
  • Overarm measurement minus 6″ usually equals coat size (this takes into account upper arm size).
  • If a try-on coat is not available, compare results of overarm and underarm to chose the proper size.

Pant Formula

  • Measure waist at navel allowing for tape to be slightly loose.
  • Measure hips at widest point, subtract 8″ to find proper pant waist size (this is especially important on athletic customers).
  • Compare both waist sizes, always go with the larger size.

Garment Fit

  1. The coat should allow free movement of the arms and shouldn’t feel snug in the armholes.
  2. The coat should lay smoothly across the back.
  3. The hem of the coat should reach to the curl of the fingers when arms are held straight down at the sides.
  4. The coat sleeves should reveal 1/2 inch of the shirt cuff.
  5. The trousers should be hemmed even with the top of the heel of the shoes in back, and in front they should barely break, resting on the top of the shoes.

Measurement Basics

REGULAR DROP:
6″ difference between coat size and pant waist (Example: Coat 40, Pant 34).
ATHLETIC DROP:
8″ or more difference between coat size and pant waist.
Note: On someone very athletic you must take their thigh measurement into consideration.
PORTLY DROP:
2″ difference between coat size and pant waist (Example: Coat 52, Pant 50)
PANT RISE:
Short: 9 1/2 – 11 inches from waist to crotch seam.
Regular: 11-12 1/2 inches from waist to crotch seam.
Long & Extra Long: 12 1/2-14 inches from waist to crotch seam

Coat Length

Shirt Sleeve Length Height
Short Up to 32″ 5’7″
Regular 32-33″ 5’8″-5’11”
Long 34-36″ 6’0″-6’2″
Extra Long 36″ & up 6’2″ & up

Shoe Width:

  • B – Narrow
  • D – Regular Medium Width
  • E – Extra Wide
  • EEE – Extra Extra Wide