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Fitting Room

A lot of people want to know if it is difficult to order items online and we’re here to reassure you that it is pretty simple!  We’ve been selling online since the birth of online shopping and we’ve helped over 200,000 missionaries prepare for their missions!

The first step to success is to have the correct tools!  So, you will need the following:

1. Tape measure. Yup, that's it! 

Of course, you may need some final alterations but using our Fitting Room will get you pretty close.  Also, remember that it is much easier to take a suit in than let a suit out, and missionaries tend to gain a little weight (mostly muscle?) so most missionaries go up a size rather than down just to be safe.


Chest and Arm Measurement:  To measure chest and arm, have the missionary hang his arms to the side and wrap the tape around the widest part of the chest and arms. This number, minus 7, will get you pretty close to your suit jacket number.

Chest Only Measurement:  You can also use your chest measurement only (with arms raised) to determine your suit jacket number.

Waist +6 Measurement:  Measure your waist (don’t guess– actually measure it with a tape measure) and then add 6 to get your suit jacket number.

Example 1:  Elder Smith has a 47″ Chest+Arm measurement.  He has a 38″ chest only measurement.  His waist size is 33.  That would put him at a 40 (47-7), a 38, and a 39 (33+6).  Depending on where he is going and personal preference, he could wear either a 38 or 40 suit.  Most missionaries with Elder Smith’s measurements would get a 40 to allow a little room for growth or clothing layers if going to a mission with cold weather.

Example 2: Elder Jones has a 50″ Chest+Arm measurement.  He has a 45″ chest only measurement.  His waist size is 38.  That would put him at a 43 (50-7), a 45, and a 44 (38+6).  Depending on where he is going and personal preference, he could wear either a 44 or 46 suit.  Most missionaries with Elder Smith’s measurements would get a 46 to allow a little room for growth or clothing layers if going to a mission with cold weather.


Have you ever noticed the letter at the end of the suit number?  Unlike the S, M, L, XL for gym shorts, this letter actually indicates jacket length.  Here’s a neat chart that fits about 90% of missionaries.  Of course, if you are built with long arms, short torso, etc. you might need some alterations, but this works for 90% of missionaries that we’ve outfitted.


Jacket Length

5’3” – 5’7″


5’7″ – 6’0″


6’0″ – 6’3″


6’3″ and taller

XL-Extra long

So, using Elder Smith and Jones again, Elder Smith is 5′ 11″, so he would be a 40R.  Elder Jones is 6’2″, so he would be a 46L.  Again, they might need some alterations, but this will be pretty close.


Do you want to know the key in getting pants that fit correctly?  DON’T GUESS!  It is an absolute must to have a tape measure!  Jeans and other casual pants are usually very inaccurate on waist sizes.

To measure the waist, wrap the tape (make sure it isn’t on top of your belt or pants) around your natural waistline. This is about 2-3″ below your navel.  “Low-rider” pants are NOT acceptable for mission attire– it puts extreme amounts of stress on the crotch of the pants and makes you look silly, especially when your mission president makes you pull your pants up and they turn into floods.


Remove your shoes and stand straight with feet shoulder width apart. Put your pants up at your waist where you normally wear your dress pants with the front of the pant about 2-3″ below the navel. Have someone else put the top of the tape measure on the top of your waistband, run it over your pocket and down the side of your leg where the outside seam of your pants is. Measure all the way to the floor. This is going to give you a nice break no matter what shoes you wear.

Do the same measurement several times on both legs to make sure you have it correct so you don’t end up with flood pants or pants that are too long.

Hints For a Perfect Outseam Measurement:

  • Wear a belt when measuring your outseam. You want to make sure your pants are right where you want them.
  • Stand up straight. Turning your body to watch the person measure you can alter the length of the pant.
  • Measure the curve of the leg and not always straight down to the floor. For all those football players that have bigger thighs, measuring straight to the floor and not along the body of the leg could make a big difference.

Why not inseams?  Inseams are dependent of the rise of the pant (the distance from the crotch to the waistband).  On low rise jeans the rise can be 7-9 inches.  On older style dress pants the rise can be 12-13 inches, so inseams can vary greatly on the style of pant.  Outseams are always dead on!


Neck Measurement:  To measure the neck size, wrap the measuring tape loosely around the missionary’s neck. You should be able to get a few fingers between the measuring tape and neck. Remember, your missionary is subject to weight gain!

Arm Length Measurement: To measure the arm length, start the measuring tape at the center of the neck (right on the spine), right below where the collar would be. Measure over the shoulder and down to the wristbone or right to where the hands starts to widen. Add or subtract accordingly if you prefer longer or shorter sleeves. Most shirts also tend to shrink about 1/2 inch through the sleeves after 12-15 washings.


That’s it!  Armed with these measurements you should be able to get a perfect fit!  Of course, if you have questions, please don’t be shy!  Please call us at 801-337-3933, visit one of our stores or email us at info@missionarymall.org to talk to one of our highly trained sales associates.