24 January 2019
Try this on for size: Suit Direct measures up the UK

Try this on for size: Suit Direct measures up the UK

Ever wondered where the tallest people in the UK live? Or which city has the largest feet? Luckily our recent study has all the answers as we dig through the findings and measure up the country.


Whether you’re the shortest of your friends or tired of jokes about the weather ‘up there’, the team here at Suit Direct has delved into three years’ worth of our sales data for jackets, trousers and shoe measurements to reveal some insights into men’s sizing in the UK.


We’re committed to providing suits for all sizes, ranging from skinny to athletic all the way across to big and tall, we have you covered. But what sizes are UK men really wearing? The research shows that Wolverhampton and Edinburgh have their heads in the clouds with 28 percent of men having legs longer than the average. The tallest people in the UK appear to be heavily concentrated in the middle of the country with Nottingham and Coventry joining Wolverhampton as the region with the longest legs.


Cities with the longest and shortest legs

Further down the scale, Bradford shops for the shortest leg length in suits, with 28 percent of gentlemen there shorter than the UK average.


Seventy-nine percent of gentlemen in Swansea are above the average chest size of 42 inches. When it comes to waistlines while our results also show a slight north/south divide with Edinburgh and Glasgow having the smallest.


Cities with the largest chest size

In other sizing matters, it’s southerners who are more likely to need wider trousers with Swansea taking first place. Men from the Welsh city have an average waistline of 38.5 inches with Portsmouth the second-largest with 37.9 inches, and Bristol, Chelmsford and Norwich all wearing 37.3 inches.


As well as this, cities in the south also have larger than average shoe sizes with more than 65 percent of men in Portsmouth lacing up shoes over size 10, while 61 percent of men in Nottingham and 55 percent in Plymouth have a shoe size above average.


Cities with the biggest feet

However, despite the belief that big feet are common in taller people, the results of the study also puts the myth to bed, with no clear correlation between the two.


As well as this, cities in the south also have larger than average shoe sizes with more And the most popular suit colours? Men will most often be found buying navy suit jackets and trousers with black shoes to finish – tan coming in a close second. A winning combination we think!