I came across this very informative blog post about measuring men’s dress shirt sleeves. I found this information very beneficial and I wanted to share with you. Enjoy
Don’t be alarmed. The proper way to measure your sleeve length is from the center of the back of the neck, over your shoulder and down to the center of the back of your hand. It’s common for this sleeve length measurement to be longer than you’re used to. Truth is, you’ve probably been wearing the wrong sleeve length your entire adult life.
Try this – next time you prop your elbows up,take a moment and note how far up your forearms the cuffs of your shirt have moved. If you’re not wearing a custom dress shirt this will probably look mildly ridiculous.
You were probably convinced that your shirts fit fine because when your arms are hanging relaxed at your sides, the cuffs come just to your wrist. It would seem that if you add another inch, they will be too long. After all, you don’t want your sleeve coming over your hand.
You’re absolutely right that you don’t want the sleeve coming up over your hand. With custom fitting shirts this doesn’t have to be the case because can specify the correct cuff size. Most off-the-rack shirts have over-sized cuffs, made to be loose on even the largest wrists. However, a proper fitting cuff will have a circumference of just 2-2.5 inches more than your wrist’s measurement (to the skin). A properly fitting cuff will not slide up your hand when your arms are at your sides. It will hold the cuff in just the right spot at the base of your hand