Australian Men’s Suit, Shirt and Pants Size Conversion Guide

Just a few decades ago, the idea of clothes shopping on a computer would have seemed fairly bizarre. But nowadays, ecommerce in the fashion sector is experiencing exponential growth and is  on track to overtake in-store shopping. However, online shopping does have one major disadvantage. You can’t try things on before you buy them. Adding to the issue is the fact that there are various standard sizing systems around the world. That’s where we come in. Our Australia clothing size conversion charts aims to provide Aussie gents with a guide to size conversion of suits, shirts and pants – hopefully making it a little bit easier to find the perfect fit. From men’s suit pants to dress shirts, be comfortable and confident in your apparel by having it sized properly.

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Firstly, it’s important to understand your personal style. Some gentlemen prefer a more loose 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. Regardless of your preferences, it’s important to see how your suit measurements will be affected by the particular brand you’re wearing. If you still have any doubts, reach out and contact someone from that particular ecommerce store to confirm their sizings.

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Australian Men’s Suit Size Conversion Chart

Suit sizes are determined by various measurements, such as chest, neck, sleeve/arms and waist. Measure your chest just under your arms and across the shoulder blades, holding tape level (don’t 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 the 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.

Once you have these measurements, you can then compare them to industry standard sizes. A rule of thumb for Australian consumers is that sizes in Australia are based in centimetres. As an example, let’s say that your chest measures 96-98 centimetres you would then be a size 38 in inches. Sleeve lengths also come into the equation 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 units of measurement (Inches). Italian and other European sizes are typically converted from American, British and Australian sizes, by adding 10. For example, a 38 suit in Australia would be an Italian 48.

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Australian Men’s Dress Shirt Size Conversion Chart

Dress shirt sizes are a different kettle of fish. In Australia, the lettered sizing system (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) has taken centre stage. With the lettering system, sizes Extra-Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-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.

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Australian Men’s Pants & Trouser Size Conversion Chart

Trousers in Australia are sized similarly to US and British measurements (done in Inches). Italian trouser measurement differs slightly to other national standards. Sizes increase in half size increments, for 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.

As you can tell, our clothing size charts are 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.