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Uniforms and Fit

Posted by Lory Struver on

One of the most important factors when buying uniformsis getting the right fit. This can be challenging because fit varies from brand to brand. There is no standard sizing system and each uniform manufacturer creates their own pattern and sizes according to their market demographics. There are several ways to ensure a great fitting uniforms starting with talking to the uniform professionals a tWaitStuff.com. Your consultant can help you choose the right style based on your needs and assist in sizing your staff. There are several ways to determine your uniform sizing needs. The first option we will explain is measuring.

Usually the sizing chart for each garment is on the web page. If not, just ask us and we will email one to you. When you look at the size chart for your specific garment (all charts are different), you can see the measurements for each garment. Now, sometimes a chart will give the actual measurements of the garment and sometimes it will reference the recommended measurements of your body to fit the garment. In the sample chart below you can see that it has a range of measurements so that if your chest measures between 32-34 (mens) you would want to order the X-Small (mens). If in doubt, it is usually better to order the larger size, i.e. your chest measure into a larger garment that your waist.

When measuring for uniforms be sure to measure you body and NOT over clothing. The following are guidelines for men and women. The men’s chart is more complete and translates to womens uniforms as well.

Women’s Uniform Measuring

Bust: Measure across the fullest part of bust/chest keeping arms relaxed at sides.
Waist: Measure at your natural waistline at it’s smallest part.
Hips: Measure across the fullest part of your hip.

Men’s Uniform Measuring

Neck: Measure around base of neck (lowest part). Number of inches equals neck size.
Sleeve Length: Start from the center of the back of the neck and measure across the shoulder to the elbow and down to the wrist.
Chest: With arms at sides, measure across the fullest part of the chest, under arms and across the shoulder blades. Keep tape measure straight across back.
Waist:Measure your natural waist at the height you normally wear your pants. Keep the tape measure firm but not tight.
Inseam: Measure inside of leg from crotch down to top of shoe. Or, measure a similar style of pants that fit well. Measure from the crotch seam to hem.