The Right Fit: A Quick Guide to Measuring for a Tuxedo

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The Right Fit: A Quick Guide to Measuring for a Tuxedo

As your wedding day grows nearer, you’ll need to shop around for the perfect tux. However, you may not know the size you need if you don’t usually wear suits. Every groom wants to look his best when he walks down the aisle or takes that first dance with his partner. Finding the suit size means measuring yourself for each garment based on fit style and brand. If you don’t know how to determine your size, don’t worry. We’ve created this quick guide to measuring for a tuxedo to help you out.

Know Sizing for Key Parts

For each piece of your suit, you’ll need to measure specific areas of yourself. When measuring at home, ask your partner to help so you get the most accurate results. When measuring for a tuxedo, you’ll want to pay attention to a few key pieces to ensure the following items fit:

  • Button-up shirt
  • Vest
  • Jacket 
  • Pants

Noting the measurements for your entire body helps you find your size for each item. For example, your pants may measure at a medium, but your jacket may be a large. Write down all the measurements you get as you take them so you can compare them to a sizing guide.

The Button-Up Shirt 

While this is at the base of your attire, your shirt should be the appropriate fit. To measure yourself for this garment, use a measuring tape and go from the base of your neck to the bottom of your shirt. Then, measure from your armpit to your wrist for sleeve length.

The Vest 

The vest goes over the button-up shirt and under your suit jacket, and vests typically have a more fitted look. When evaluating vest sizes, measure around the widest part of your chest and stomach.

The Jacket 

Your jacket is the next piece in our guide to measuring for a tuxedo. To measure, find your shoulder point and measure down to your wrist. Make sure you move your arms in all directions and get an accurate measurement. Additionally, you should measure around the widest part of your chest with two fingers between the tape and the body.

Pro Tip

Jackets come in short, regular, and long. Your ideal length depends on your height, as a short is ideal for anyone between 5’4” and 5’7”, while a long is best for people between 5’11” and 6’2”. 

The Pants 

Finally, we get to the pants. Use measuring tape to measure from your waist to your feet for an exact length. Make sure you have two fingers between the measuring tape and the skin while wrapping the tape around the widest part of your waistline. Then, measure from your pelvis to your ankle to know the necessary length. These two processes will provide you with your waist and inseam measurements. 

Understand the Types of Fit

Tuxedos come in two main types of fit: classic and fitted. Classic tuxedos have a looser appearance, while fitted tuxedos are more form-fitting. 

The style of fit you buy is completely optional and depends on your preferences. Think about the style you’re going for and which fit would work best for you. Keep in mind that a tighter tuxedo can be more flattering, but it may not be as comfortable if you plan on doing a lot of dancing.

Shop at Grooms Club

At Grooms Club, you can buy a tux that’s stylish and made with four-way stretch fabric. Thanks to this material, our suits have a fitted look that doesn’t sacrifice your comfort—you can easily dance around!

Review Brand Sizing

Every company likely has an individual sizing chart, and while some charts may be the same, this isn’t always the case. Always review the sizing chart and compare your measurements to what the brand website lists for each size. 

If you can’t find your exact measurements, going up a size is always better than going down. A tailor or the suit shop can customize it for you to make it more fitted, but you cannot make a small suit bigger.

Buy From a Suit Shop

One way to ensure you buy the ideal suit size is to buy your tux from a shop. These shops offer expert measures to ensure you buy the exact suit you need, and they also provide tailoring services to ensure a perfect fit. Plus, these stores focus on formal attire for men, so they have more options than standard department stores. Below are some of the key benefits of buying from a suit shop and how this can help you find the perfect size!

Expert Measures

When you buy from a suit shop, an expert measures your body for accurate measurements. This is especially important if you buy a suit for a special event like a wedding. By getting expert measurements, you’ll guarantee you buy the right size and fit for your body type. 

Tailoring Service

Another reason to buy from a suit shop is its tailoring service. Most suits don’t fit off the rack and need adjustments to fit your body perfectly. Buying from a suit shop that provides tailoring services ensures the garments properly fit you.

Quality Fabrics

You should also go to a suit shop if you want something more exclusive and unique for your event. They can provide you with tailored suits made from durable, high-quality materials, such as stretch fabric or cotton. These suits will fit better, last longer, look better, and make you feel more confident. Quality suits are a smart investment in your wardrobe because you can wear them for years and always look stylish in perfectly sized apparel.

Fashionable Options

Suit shops focus on male fashion trends, so they’ll offer classic and trendy suits. The one you purchase depends on your clothing preferences and the theme of the wedding. You can also discuss fabric options with a shop representative to determine the one you need based on when you’ll get married. This way, not only will your suit fit you perfectly, but it will also fit the season and trends perfectly.

Shop at Grooms Club

Looking and feeling your best is priceless; a perfectly fitted tuxedo can make all the difference on your big day. Grooms Club has suits in various colors and styles for sale. When you buy from us, we have a Fit Finder suit calculator to determine your size. You can also book a virtual appointment with one of our experts to discuss your measurements, style, and size. Shop for the perfect wedding tuxedo with us today!

The Right Fit: A Quick Guide to Measuring for a Tuxedo