We are men! Of course, I am assuming the gender of the reader. Not very 2018 I know but at least the writer is certainly a man, hell, a manly man\u2026nah just a man. Any event, when it comes to online shopping I, like most men, choose to shop online due to the convenience, selection of options, the straightforwardness of the service and just in general it\u2019s a much more pleasant experience.\r\n\r\nThis opens yourself up to size confusion. Being that, visitors to an online store (Mainly Foreign) will be presented with sizes that are unfamiliar to what you have traditionally been provided in classic bricks and mortar establishments. That\u2019s where we come in, our article provides Aussie Gents with a guide to size conversion of suits, shirts and pants.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\n10 Mistakes Guys Make When Buying a Suit\r\nMade to Measure - Man of Many's Guide to Buying a Tailored Suit\r\n10 Best Blue Suit Brands\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFirstly, why does size matter? Ahem, well it\u2019s important to understand who you are and what you like. Some Gentlemen prefer a more lose relaxed feel whereas others prefer a tighter more tailored fit. Knowing what you like and what suits your body type is obviously extremely important when you are purchasing clothes online. Many retailers offer customers the option to view a sizing chart that provides measurements in both centimetres and inches.\r\n\r\n\r\nAustralian Men\u2019s Suit Size Conversion Chart\r\nSuit sizes are determined by various measurements those being chest, neck, sleeve\/arms and waist. Measure your chest just under your arms and across the shoulder blades, holding tape level (don\u2019t hold your breath). Be sure to cross over the shoulder blades and the fullest part of your chest. For your neck, measure around the middle of the neck, around your Adam's apple or fullest part of our neck, keeping tape level. For the arms, with your arm around your hip, bend your arm to a 90-degree angle. Measure from the middle of the back of your neck, across your shoulder and down outside of your arm past elbow to your wrist. And finally, your waist is simply your pants size.\r\n\r\nOnce you have these measurements, you can then compare them to industry standard sizes. Rule of thumb for consumers is Australian sizes are based on centimetre measurements. So, here\u2019s an example, let\u2019s say that your chest measures 96-98 centimetres you would then be a size 38 in inches. Sleeves lengths also come into the question, with three options short, regular and long. This is usually included in the product description. Despite historical inclinations towards the metric system many Australian manufacturers have adopted the British and American forms of measurement (Inches). Italian and other European sizing\u2019s are usually the same as American, British and Australian sizing\u2019s only with an additional 10 numbers i.e. a 38 suit in Australia would be an Italian 48.\r\n\r\n\r\nAustralian Men\u2019s Dress Shirt Size Conversion Chart\r\nDress shirts are a whole other kettle of fish. In Australia, the lettered sizing method has taken centre stage. This meaning that the sizes Small, Medium and Large determine the size of your shirt. Generally, shirt sizes are determined by the neck circumference measured in either inches or centimetres. A shirt distributed by a US or British company with a size of 15 would be the equivalent of an Australian Small. That same shirt would then convert into a 38 size Italian Shirt. American dress shirts also measure the sleeve length and include that number in the measurement tag, whereas Italian shirts, for instance, will only provide a standardised sleeve length in all shirts.\r\n\r\n\r\nAustralian Men\u2019s Pants & Trouser Size Conversion Chart\r\nTrousers come into the equation with a similar system to US and British measurements (done in Inches). Italian trouser measurement differs slightly to other national standards. Sizes increase in half size increments,\u00a0for example, the difference between an Australian trouser size would be 30, 31 and 32. Italian measuring would have the trousers sized as 40, 40.5, 41 respectively.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a bit of a different system and one that requires a bit of attention to detail. That being said when you are purchasing a suit, shirt or fine pair of trousers it is important to look for the small details that accentuate and improve your sartorial stature.