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Measuring Tips & Size Charts

Take advantage of 60 plus years of experience with John Banks; your comfort is our aim. We work hard with the suppliers of all our garments to get just that right fit for you, our customer.

Thorough product trials are used to ensure that our products fit correctly and wash and wear as they are supposed to; fine tuning the each and every specification along the way. We want only the best for our customers.

Tall Fitting has become our forte. We realised that product testing of tall garments is absolutely critical; sleeve length, back length and leg lengths being particularly significant. Rest assured, we have the same concern as you for these things as you do. We'll look to take care of everything for you before you even shop with us!

All of our ranges are designed for real men (not boys); we use only the best cloths to make sure that you look and feel great all of the time.

Looking for the latest styles in wider/larger size footwear? We fit check all our shoes to the same exacting standards. In this area too, experience is everything and John Banks has it covered.

The Tale of the Tape

Measuring tips:

  • Find your favourite shirt and measure the chest directly under the arms; next take the tape to the back length from under the collar to the hem. Remember to take 4" off the chest measurement to find your fit in the table below.* This is the best way to get the perfect fit for you.
  • We all have a favourite jean; take any measurements from your pair. Note: When worn in, they may no longer be what they say they are on the label! (Jeans stretch with you.)
  • Suits/Blazers: Please phone us for advice on these garments; it’s good to talk!
  • When measuring your body try to get someone else to measure you, it’s easier and more accurate that way. (And a bit of fun!)

Conversion Tables


Casual Tops Size Formal Chest* (inches/cm) Collar (inches) Nominal Back Length (inches) Sleeve Length** (inches) European
MT (Medium Tall) 38/40
15/15.5 38 38 3
LT (Large Tall) 41/43
16/16.5 38 38 4
XLT 44
17/17.5 38 38 5
2XLT 46/48
18/18.5 38 38 6
3XLT 50/52
19/19.5 38 38 7
4XLT 54/56
20/20.5 38 38 8


Casual Bottoms Sizes Formal Waist (inches/cm) European
MT (Medium Tall) 33/35 3
LT (Large Tall) 41/43 4
XLT 44 5
2XLT 46/48 6
3XLT 48/50 7
4XLT 52/54 8


As a rule, the standardised Inside Leg measurement for garments throughout this site is 38 inches. Where a garment comes in an 36" Inside Leg this will be specified as such in the product's title and/or description box.



UK European American
7 42 8
8 43 9
9 44 10
10 45 11
11 46 12
12 47 13
13 48 14
14 49 15
15 50 16
16 51 17
17 52 18
18 53 19


* Please note that all chest sizes in the tables given here are a 'to fit' guide that measures your body size, i.e. a 3XLT shirt will fit a 50/52 chest but the flat measurement of the garment will be 56” approx. All of our products are designed to fit comfortably with such clearance and allow for the all-important sit down test! This way nothing should pull or gape. Instead it should fit your form as intended by its design.

** Measured from centre back to bottom of cuff.


If you are ever unsure of what size to order please feel free to contact us with your measurements and/or the measurements of a garment that fits you and we will be happy to help. We believe the personal service we offer in areas such as this are what marks us out from crowd. (Don't take our word for that; hear it direct from our customers at Trustpilot.)