The length of a shirt sleeve?
September 17, 2017 5:41am CST
During my 68 years I have bought countless shirts, as have most males throughout their lives. I always buy shirts according to collar size, along with the choice of slim or regular fit. All other criteria are normally visual only, such as collar style, with or without pocket etcetera. The only reference to sleeve length is usually whether it is short or long sleeved. Recently I was looking at buying a few non iron shirts from an online store. After selecting a shirt and collar size I attempted to add this to the basket, but encountered an error message requesting further measurements. One of these measurements was sleeve length. I have always understood that the sleeve length was proportionate to the collar size, as would be the overall length of the shirt itself. Since I cannot be certain from which point a sleeve measurement would begin, I cannot even measure one of my current shirts as a guideline. Have you ever bought a shirt according to sleeve length?
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Like you write, the standard sleeve length of a shirt is proportionate to the collar size, so if you have not a standard size of arms you will have a problem with a suit jacket, as the sleeves of your shirt are supposed to be a bit more longer than the sleeves of your jacket. It is why a few brands are offering different size for the sleeves, when it comes to "business" shirts (opposed to "casual" shirts) : for example, instead of a standard 40 (collar)/84 (sleeves) cm (it would be a Medium size in UK), you can find also 40/82 and 40/86.
• El Paso, Texas
I remember mom buying patterns to make blouses for us. When it came to measuring for sleeve length she always measured from my armpit to my wrist. I suppose it would be the same for men's measurements. She also measured around the top of my arm so that it would not fit too tightly.
• Lakewood, Colorado
Yes I have for my nephew and son. I measured from just where the top of the shoulder is to the end of the wrist..it worked. Good luck getting the right length @Asylum. I am sure it will do fine. Is it a Ben Sherman? You could get yourself a personal tailor lol Hope you are keeping well this lovely weekend.
• Derry, Northern Ireland
I was going to say "they're pulling your leg", but I thought I'd put a more 'armless response up instead... I seem to recall being measured of for a suit rental one time, the guy put the tape measure on the top of my shoulder joint, asked me to bend my arm a little at the elbow, and measured down the outside of my arm, over the elbow, to the back of my wrist. Hope that helps...
• Derry, Northern Ireland
@Asylum Or you could pop into your local Burton's and be measured up (unless Grace Bros have an outlet in your vicinity...)
• United States
Never heard of it before. Usually when you are online you see a shirt with short sleeves or long sleeves and order what you like. Never had to measure for one. I did have to measure when I was making a sweater or sewing a shirt.
• Portland, Connecticut
Yes, it is not uncommon in the US to also have sleeve length. Mostly, however, on what I would call a dress shirt, not a casual plaid shirt. My husband is a 32-33 sleeve length which is an average length, he is not very tall.
• Worcester, England
I have in the past but that was tailored stuff not off the peg. Maybe they're making it specifically for you, I have heard of a few tailors in HK doing that where you enter the measurements and they make the suit and ship it to you. haven't heard of it for shirts very often though.