Y’know what’s nice? When retailers list a few common size details about their models and the garments they’re wearing in pictures. Height, weight, size of the shirt or jacket, that kind of thing. So here we go with giving you guys similar information when it comes to shots of me (the Joe guy) wearing things you might want to invest in.
This site isn’t intended to be about me, but knowing some measurements of the guy who’s wearing the thing you’re thinking about buying is valuable. The good news is that I’m not too out of the norm.
(NOTE: These measurements have been updated as of 3/2014, and again on 3/2015 and AGAIN on 11/20/17. My body type has changed quite a bit over time (I’m nowhere near as wiry as I used to be thanks to the gym and eating/dietary habits… thanks Vega!) So know that if you’re looking at older posts.
The above are all tape measure figures, with some of those figures (neck, chest) having a little give as is usually the case when measuring those areas (the “leave two fingers of room” thing…) Many times (read: most) retail goods are off in terms of being true to size. Here’s what I normally wear off the rack:
Common Off The Rack Commercial Sizes
Suit Jackets/Blazers: 40R – 42R. A 41R in the Brooks Brothers Regent fit is ideal.
Pants: 33 or 34 waist. 30 inseam, or a 32 hemmed up a bit.
Dress Shirts: 16″ neck, 33 sleeve.
Non neck & sleeve shirts (like t-shirts and polos): Medium or Large.