How to measure a boy for a suit

Suits are unique wears suitable for formal occasions. Measuring a boy for an outfit can prove hard and complicated without a proper understanding of how it is done. We will take you on a cruise to learn how to measure a boy for a suit.

It’s generally believed that wearing a suit is gentlemanly. This isn’t to say Suits are for grown-ups alone though. Suits look good and perfect on kids too, and just like adults, kids need to have a measurement to get the perfect fitting outfit for them.

Unlike random house and occasion wears, Boys Suits need more specific measurements in different parts of a child’s body. This accuracy in measurement of children for suits is required to ensure their comfort and smartness when putting the on the outfit.

Factors to Consider when measuring a boy

Going through the reasons for accuracy in measuring a boy for a suit will help you understand its importance.

  • Fitness

Suits are not casual or informal wears. They are made to be fitted and smart for children and adults.

When measuring a boy for a suit, you should be mindful of how much extra room you give to the measurements. This isn’t to say the outfit should be slim tight with no movement space. Read on to check our guide for practical knowledge of this.

  • Comfort

When measuring a suit for a boy, his comfort should be considered. 

Accurate measurements should be made to the sleeves, thighs, shoulders, and other necessary parts of his body. 

The sleeves shouldn’t be too long to avoid disturbance and having to draw it up now and then. Thighs should be measured accurately to prevent stiffness and discomfort when actively walking.

  • Extra room

Suits aren’t onetime clothing. Especially when it is creatively made to suit a boy’s physique, he tends to like it more and wear it at every chance he gets. 

This consideration means that if the Suit is managed correctly, he is sure to wear it a little longer before it wears out. 

A factor that might not allow this though is a boy’s growth.

 The average growth rate of children shows that they experience an increase in unspecific but predictable rates. Therefore, extra room should be given to measurements to allow for long term use of the Suit.

How do I measure my son for a Suit?

Having established the factors to put into consideration when planning to measure your son for a Suit, the actual practice is in having your son around and a tape by your side.

 It’s advisable to have a paper and pen to record your measurements as they could be mistaken when memorized.

To measure your boy for a Suit, essential parts are his Sleeve Length, Waistline, Trouser length, Chest, Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam. Below are guidelines to carry out these measurements;

Sleeve Length

To do this;

  • Take the tape measure and place it on the Shoulder blade where his bone can be felt.
  • Proceed to measure down to his wrist
  • Then stop after a few inches past his wrist

Waist Line

Measuring the waistline is made easy because most of the Suits come with a rubber elastic waistband. This gives it some room to expand if needed. 

To measure your boy’s waist, put the tape measure around his waist and get your number.

Trouser Length

To measure this;

  • Place the measuring tape at his waistline
  • Proceed to measure down to his ankle
  • Leave extra inches in case the kid grows taller before the trouser wears out


To measure a boy’s chest for a suit;

  • Wrap the measuring tape around his chest
  • A method is to pass it below his arms pits
  • Another is to take the tape over his arm.

Shoulder Seam

To measure this part of his body;

  • Place the measuring tape at the top sleeve and measure straight across to connect the other shoulder
  • It’s easier and more accurate when you begin the measurement on his shoulder blade where his bone can be felt

Following these guides will help you understand better how to measure a boy for a suit. It’s essential to keep kids in a static condition while measuring to avoid mismeasurement.

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