Hudson’s Guide has a really great section on finding shorter and smaller clothing. It’s written for FTM guys, but it’s also a great resource for women trying to find the perfect fit in mens’ clothing. Here’s an excerpt on fitting dress shirts:
Sizing in shirts
Most men’s shirts that are simply labeled “small” (but don’t necessarily have specific measurements listed on the package or label) usually are around the ballpark of a 14-14.5 inch collar, a 34-36 inch chest, and a “regular” sleeve length of 32-33 inches. “Short” sleeve lengths of 30-31 are sometimes available. Of course, the exact measurements of a men’s size “small” will vary among manufacturers– you might find that some brands of small are larger or cut differently than others.
Men’s dress shirts will be typically be sized with specific measurements for neck circumference and sleeve length, with the neck measurement listed first. The chest/waist size ratio of most dress shirts is determined by the manufacturer to be in proportion to the neck size. This can be a challenge in fitting for guys who are short and heavy. Dress shirts can be found in “regular” fit, as well as “athletic” or “trim” fit (with a slight taper toward the waist, for those with broader shoulders and a thin waistline) and “full cut” for those who need a little more room around the middle.
Getting the right fit
Keep in mind that some stores may have their own special fit charts and size tips. This is particularly good to check when shopping online or through catalogs. It’s always a good idea to consult sizing charts, ask questions if you are unsure, and find out the return policy in case something doesn’t fit as you hoped.
Clothes are designed with different cuts and styles that flatter some body types and not others– just because a shirt or pair of pants is made with your measurements doesn’t mean it is going to look good on you! Try clothes on to be sure. This is especially true if you are trying to find clothes to take emphasis away from wide hips or narrow shoulders. …
Finally, don’t forget the option of alterations by a tailor or by someone you know with sewing skills. If you are just a little shorter than the average sized pant length available in your area, pants can be easily hemmed to the correct length. Sleeves can also be shortened, though for a good dress shirt you might want to check a short man’s specialty store to obtain a better overall fit.
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