How to Measure Jackets & Find Your Best Fit

Jackets and tops can be tricky garments to measure and gauge for size as there's plenty of variation between brands as to what exactly a “Medium” or “Large” actually means. 

We do our best to be transparent with the sizing details of our products, and we've found the best way to find your jacket size is to find one you already own—that fits exactly how you like it—and take some key measurements from it.

With these figures, you can then compare the measurements to our size charts to see what size best suits you.

How and What to Measure on Jackets

All you need to get started is a flat surface, your favorite jacket, and measuring tape

To begin, lay the jacket upon the surface with the front facing upwards and smooth out any creases. From here, you will be looking for the following three key measurements:

  • A - Length - Measure from the highpoint of the shoulder (where the collar meets the garment) straight down to the hem

  • B - Chest Circumference - Measure from an inch below the armhole across horizontally and then double the figure.

  • C - Sleeve Length - Measure from the center back of the neck to the shoulder seam and then down to the end of the sleeve
  • D - Back Width - Measure  6" down from the back collar across the garment horizontally

Translating These Numbers to Sizes

Once you have these key figures, you can then  compare them to the sizing charts of your prospective jacket.
For example, these are the same key measurements for our Forager Jacket:

A - LENGTH 25 1/4 26 1/4 27 1/4 28 1/4 29 1/4 30 1/4
B - CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE 39 1/2 41 1/2 43 1/2 45 1/2 47 1/2 49 1/2
C - SLEEVE LENGTH 33 1/2 34 35 36 37 38
D - BACK WIDTH 17 7/8 18 1/8 18 3/8 18 5/8 18 7/8 19 1/8

By taking the same four measurements of your favorite jacket, and comparing them with the sizing chart, you can then see what size most closely matches your needs.

Note - Our Century Jacket uses the same measurements but a key difference between the two is the insulation. As the Century Jacket has a wool interior lining, it will fit slightly more snugly than the Forager. 

Other Factors to Consider

There are other variables to consider when choosing a size like intended use and style.

For those who  want some extra room beneath the jacket for heavier base layers, sweaters, and scarves, going with a larger size makes sense. If you prefer a tighter fit with perhaps only a simple shirt underneath, then a smaller size will serve you better.

We  designed our jackets  to have a sleek fit  and profile while still maintaining plenty of space, especially in pocket areas, while maintaining a full range of motion in the shoulders and arms.

If you are between sizes, we  recommend customers size up from their favorite jacket, as our tops have a tailored fit.

Find Your Perfect Fit

We know how difficult it can be to find that perfect fit with a brand—especially if it's your first time ordering from them.

We're here to help make the process as smooth and easy as possible. If you try one jacket and it just doesn't do it for you, we can swap or return it for you without a fuss thanks to our aggressively customer-friendly Fair Deal Guarantee.

If you have any questions about jacket sizing, feel free to reach out on our social channels or leave a comment below and we'll email you a response shortly!

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