How to Size Coveralls

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated September 28, 2017

Mechanics often use coveralls as their daily uniform.

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Coveralls are common in the workplace and useful at home for jobs that call for manual labor. They're easier to throw in the washing machine than your daily separates, which remain protected under the durable fabric. It can be tempting to toss aside a pair of coveralls if they are even slightly too snug or loose, as their all-in-one style makes an ill-fit immediately noticeable. Before you set your sights on your next pair of coveralls, take the right measurements for a comfortable fit.

Pull on a shirt that you intend to wear under the coveralls. If you plan to wear a sweatshirt in the colder months, wear one to account for the added bulk.

Stretch your arms up vertically on either side of your head. Have someone wrap fabric measuring tape around the widest part of your chest beneath your underarms.

Drop your arms over the measuring tape, and tuck one fist under the tape in the center of your chest. This will prevent the coveralls from getting too tight when you bend or sit down. Note the measurement where each end of the tape meets beneath your underarm. This is the chest measurement.

Place the end of the measuring tape under your heel. Stand up straight, looking straight ahead. Have someone pull the measuring tape up in alignment with your back, until the tape reach the crown of your head. Note the measurement as the height portion of the coverall size.

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Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.