Women's Shirt Dress Size Guide

All of the measurements provided in the table below are the measurements of the final garment. You can easily determine your size using one of two methods: measuring a shirt that fits you or taking your body measurements.

Classic fit

Measurements in Inches


UK Size 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Italian Size 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Collar / Neck 14.0'' 14.0'' 14.5'' 15.0'' 15.5'' 15.5'' 16.0'' 16.5''
Chest Circumference 36.5'' 38.0'' 40.0'' 41.5'' 43.0'' 44.5'' 46.0'' 48.5''
Waist 30.0'' 31.5'' 33.0'' 34.5'' 36.0'' 38.0'' 40.0'' 42.5''
Sleeve 25.5'' 25.5'' 25.5'' 25.5'' 25.5'' 26.0'' 26.0'' 26.0''
Back Length 42.5'' 43.0'' 43.5'' 43.5'' 44.0'' 44.5'' 45.0'' 45.5''

Measurements in Centimeters


UK Size 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Italian Size 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Collar / Neck 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Chest Circumference 93 97 101 105 109 113 117 123
Waist 76 80 84 88 92 96 102 108
Sleeve 64.5 64.5 64.5 64.5 64.5 66 66 66
Back Length 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115

 

Measure a shirt that fits you


Find a shirt that you feel comfortable in, and lay it out on a flat, firm surface. For precision, it is best if you press or iron the garment first. Using a tailor’s measuring tape, take the individual measurements of the shirt as shown on the diagram:

  • Collar
    It is customary to determine the size of a classic tailored shirt by the circumference of the collar. Lay the collar of your shirt out flat, and measure the distance between the center of the button (the point where it is attached to the shirt), and the middle of the buttonhole.
     
  • Chest
    Make sure the shirt is fully buttoned, and measure the distance in the widest spot just under the sleeves. Multiply this distance by two to get a circumference.
     
  • Waist
    With the shirt still buttoned and lying flat, measure the distance between the side seams, at the narrowest point of the body. Multiply this distance by two to get a circumference.
     
  • Sleeve length
    Lay the sleeve out flat, and measure the distance between the uppermost point of the sleeve to the edge of the cuff. Make sure the sleeve does not twist while you measure.

Make a note of all the measurements, and look for the closest matching size in the table. If your measurements are between two sizes, it is usually a good idea to go one size up.

Take your body measurements


If you would like to determine the required size using your body measurements, it is a good idea to ask somebody to take the measurements while you stand still. With a tailor’s measuring tape, take the individual measurements as described

  • Collar
    It is customary to determine the size of a classic tailored shirt by the circumference of the collar. When taking the measurement, mimic the shape of a shirt’s collar with the measuring tape, gripping both ends of the tape in front of your neck. Typically, you should be able to fit one finger between you neck and the tape for a well-fitted collar measurement.
     
  • Chest
    Take a measurement around the widest part of your chest, while inhaling lightly. Add 7cm / 2.5in to the measurement for freedom of movement.
     
  • Waist
    Take a measurement around the narrowest point in your waistline, while breathing normally. Add 7cm / 2.5in to the measurement for freedom of movement.
     
  • Sleeve length
    With your arm extended downwards, take a straight-line measurement from the point where your shoulder meets your collarbone to the point below your wrist where you would like your cuff to sit add 2.5cm / 1in to the measurement for freedom of movement.

Make a note of all the measurements, and look for the closest matching size in the table. If your measurements are between two sizes, it is usually a good idea to go one size up.

If you are still unsure which size to select, get in touch with our customer support at hello@arthurshirtley.co.uk