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How to Measure a Polo Shirt?

This guide shows you everything you need to know about measuring a Polo Short. More measurement and sizing tips and tricks below.
Written by
Sophie Clipton
Published on
June 25, 2024

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More and more brands start to include a "slim fit" version of their polo shirts. Usually, this means it is half a size smaller on the chest, waist and hem area, when compared to the classic cut of the same brand. In some cases, slim fit polo shirts tend to run 1-3 inches smaller than the classic fit variation. Please make sure to mention always mention the right "cut" slim-fit or classic when selling any clothing. That said, lets start measuring and make your listing beautiful:

First Things First

Before we start with the measuring, lay down the garment on a flat hard surface and smooth out any wrinkles.

Polo Example Template

Steps to Measure a Polo Shirt:

  1. Neck to Shoulder: Measure from middle of the neck to end of shoulder (where sleeve starts).
  2. Sleeve length: Measure from the shoulder to the wrist.
  3. Shoulder to Shoulder: Measure this length from one shoulder to another.
  4. Chest: Place the tape close under the arms and make sure the tape is flat across the back.
  5. Waist: Measure across the waist area while having the Polo Shirt laying flat.
  6. Hem: Measure from one side to another.
  7. Front Length: Measure from the highest point of the shoulder to the desired hemline.
  8. Sleeve: At the widest point of the sleeve, measure its across while laying flat..
  9. Done

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Tips for Taking Measurements:

  • Take all measurements lying flat. Lay the Polo Shirt out on a flat surface. The front should be facing up. Hanging clothes can stretch as you measure and if you have them on a dress model of a different size this can skew your measurement.
  • Use a flexible tape measure at least 36″ long. Don’t try to take clothes measurements with standard 12″ ruler you’ll end up with an inaccurate measurement. If you have no tape measurement handy and this is somewhat of an emergency, you can always download a printable measuring tape online.
  • Measure twice! If you don’t get the same measurement both times try again.
  • Record measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch. Anything more specific is irrelevant but remember lying flat measurements are generally doubled (e.g. lying flat waist of 12.5″ can be understood as a 25″ waist) so a 1/4 inch could make a difference.
  • Take measurements when you’re taking photos. Trying to measure as your listing at your desk ends up taking a lot more time and energy moving back and forth between tasks.
  • Not all manufacturers make their clothes to the same specifications. Always check the size chart before you buy online.

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