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Groom Formal Wear Measurements

groomThe groom is just as an important figure in a wedding as the bride-to-be, well maybe not in the bride's eyes but still, he is and therefore he needs to feel just as comfortable and look just as fabulous as the bride will.  In order to achieve this, he must be dressed in a good fitting outfit.

Once you have decided on the theme of your wedding then it is vital that you, the groom, organises your wedding attire.  It does not have to be months and months in advance of the wedding date as for the bride but there should be plenty of time to pick an outfit, have any alterations made that need doing and enough time for perhaps a final fitting nearer the wedding allowing for a little time in case further adjustments need to be made.  It is not only the bride that can lose or put weight on before the big day!

You should discuss the wedding theme with your bride to ensure that your outfit will not clash with her dress or the bridesmaid's colours for example.  Also discuss if your groomsmen will be wearing similar outfits as this is usually considered a traditional option.

Unless you have a specific outfit already in your wardrobe, the best option would be buy from a respectable tailor.  At this sort of retailer you will usually have the option to either buy from the rack, have a suit made which is tailored to fit your requirements or even hire an outfit.




Determining Your Size

Waist and chest sizes are standard sizes that increase by 2 inches each time so for instance 30 inch waist will increase to a 32 inch waist and then a 34 and so on.  Most tailors will recommend that when buying a suit you should take your measurements and then add an inch so for instance; if your waist measures in at 35 inches then you should go for the 36 inch waist.  Some of these trousers will have adjustable waist bands so if they are slightly loose they can be adjusted to fit more comfortably.



How to Measure The Groom

Each area of a jacket or trousers requires a measurement in order for the item to fit correctly.  Following is a guide on what measurements need to be taken and how.

  • Ankles: depending on whether you want tapered trousers or are happy with a straight fit it is worthwhile providing a measurement for your ankles.  Simply use a pair of trousers you already have and measure the width of the bottom of the trousers while they are lying flat on the floor.
  • Chest: for a jacket or a waistcoat you should measure around the fullest part of your chest underneath your arms and go all the way round to the back.  Try and keep the tape at the same level all the way round and do not puff out your chest otherwise your jacket will not sit correctly.
  • Collar: when measuring around your neck to determine your shirt collar size you should ensure that it is not too tight or too loose.  Once you have your measurement, consider going up half a size for comfort.
  • Crotch: this measurement is not always needed but if you are having a suit made it is something that might be useful.  Run the tape from the front to the back in-between your legs with the tape measuring from the top of the waistband at both sides.  Do not pull this too tight and allow some space for movement and comfort.
  • Hats: run the tape from the lower part of your forehead all the way round the widest part of your head.  The measurement you take will then need to be converted into the relevant hat size, for example if your head measures 22 inches your hat size would be size 7.
  • Inside Leg: using your own trousers as a guide, have someone measure down the inside of your leg from the top of the crotch to the bottom of the trouser leg.  Note that formal trousers should usually rest nicely on your shoe and not hang below to cover them or be too high that they show your socks.  Ensure that you stand straight during this measurement as any bending over to look down will create an incorrect length.
  • Kilt Length: ask your helper to help you with this one as you will need to keep perfectly straight and not look down.  In order to obtain the correct figure your helper should measure from your navel all the way down to the middle of your kneecap.
  • Knees: measure around the widest part of your knee while keeping your leg straight throughout.
  • Length of Jacket: it is probably an easier option to measure a jacket that you already own.  Keeping the jacket as straight as possible the length is measured from the bottom seam of the collar all the way down to the end of the jacket.
  • Outside Leg: as with the inside leg this should be done while standing straight and the measurements taken from the waistband at the top all the way to the bottom of your trousers.
  • Shoulders: to determine your shoulder width you should measure from the outer edge of one shoulder to the other on your back.
  • Sleeve: using an existing jacket this measurement should be take from the join of the shoulder where the arm meets the jacket on the outside of the arm and stretch all the way down to the bottom of the sleeve.  It is recommended that the sleeve ends at the base of your thumb when you are upright.
  • Thighs: make sure your pockets are empty and measure the widest point around the top of your legs.
  • Trouser Seat: in order not to have your trousers too tight about your bottom you should measure around your hips and bottom at the widest point.  You can wear trousers when taking this measurement but your pockets must be empty and note that jeans could make your measurements incorrect.
  • Waist: measuring the waist for your trousers is a personal preference as some people wear their trousers lower or higher than others.  Measure all the way round and do not be tempted to breath in and hold your breathe.
  • Waistcoat Length: this dimension should be from the bottom of the collar to just underneath where your belt would sit.

Points to Consider WIth Grooms Measurements

  • Do not pull the tape too tight when measuring you want to feel comfortable not stop the circulation.
  • Everyone has different proportions so while it is recommended that you follow the guide sizes you will need to provide accurate measurements for everyone.
  • Get a friend to help you measure.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to write your measurements down and take them with you where the tailor may confirm them by re-measuring.
  • Round any measurements off to the nearest quarter of an inch and if you are not sure check the size guides.  There will always be size charts available at your tailors or even online if you wish to check out your sizes before you order anything or even use your own suits as a guide for your size.
  • When measuring yourself it is preferable that you do not measure over your clothes.  If you feel more comfortable in clothes ensure they are not too thick so as to distort your figure and you will be advised not to wear jeans.
  • When your suit arrives, try it on straight away in order to have any adjustments finalised as soon as possible.

Grooms Size Guides

Approximate Collar Guide

Collar Size
14.5"
15.0"
15.5"
16.0"
16.5"
17.0"
17.5"
18.0"
18.5"
19.0"
19.5"
To Fit Chest
36"
38"
40"
42"
44"
46"
48"
50"
52"
54"
56"
Sleeve Length
34"
34"
35"
35.5"
35.5"
36"
36.5"
37"
37"
37.5"
37.5"

Hat Guide

Hat Size

Inches

Centimetres

6
19
49
6 1/8
19
49
6 1/4
20
50
6 3/8
20
51
6 1/2
20
52
6 5/8
21
53
6 3/4
21
54
6 7/8
22
56
7
22
56
7 1/8
22
57
7 1/4
23 1/8
58
7 3/8
23
59
7 1/2
24
61
7 5/8
24
61
7 3/4
24
63

Likely Kilt Lengths

Inside Leg 27 - 28 29 30 - 32 32 - 33 33+
Length 22 23 24 25 26

Jacket Lengths

Chest Size
26"
38"
40"
42"
44"
46"
48"
50"
Short Jacket
29.5"
29.75"
30"
30.25"
30.5"
30.75"
31"
31"
Sleeve
24.25"
24.5"
24.75"
25"
25.25"
25.5"
25.5"
25.75"
Regular Jacket
30.5"
30.75"
31"
31.25"
31.5"
31.75"
32"
32"
Sleeve
25.25"
25.5"
25.75"
26"
26.25"
26.5"
26.5"
26.75"
Long Jacket
31.5"
31.75"
32"
32.25"
32.5"
32.75"
33"
33"
Sleeve
26.25"
26.5"
26.75"
27"
27.25"
27.5"
27.5"
27.75"

 

Remember the tailors are professionals and are there to help you look wonderful in your outfit so relax and enjoy the experience!