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Buying Clothing Online. Get the Right Size the First Time

Buying Clothing Online. Get the Right Size the First Time

Posted by Gene Constant on 15th Mar 2020


Buying Clothing Online. Get the Right Size the First Time

There is no such thing as clothing being true to size. You may be wearing a size medium right now, yet when you buy a different style of shirt, jacket or pant, the right fit may be a size small, large or 6 for that style.

When buying clothes online, the best way to get the right size the first time,

  • is to measure your favorite garment before you begin shopping
  • compare your measurements to the manufacturer’s size chart

Shirts and Jackets

Chest width: measured across the chest one inch below the armhole when laid flat

Sleeve length: start at the center of the neck and measure down to the shoulder, then down the sleeve to the hem

Bust: measure under the arm and around the fullest part of the bust with arms down, keeping the tape horizontal

Body length at back: starting at the high point of the shoulder to the hem


Waist: measure around the smallest part of the natural waist

Inseam: measure from the crotch seam to the hem

Hips: with the feet together, measure around the widest/fullest part of the hips while keeping the tape horizontal


Circumference: measure above the eyebrow at the widest part of the head. Divide that number by 3.14 to find your hat size. Example: 22 inches = size 7, or using the manufacturer’s size chart 21 5/8 – 22 ¾ = size small/medium for most Flexfit hats

TSA (True to Size Apparel) has a link at the very bottom of the style/SKU description box, to the manufacturer’s sizing chart. If you do not see it, call or use the Contact Us tab at the top right of the web page.