Now that I’m doing a lot more cycling, I have very sensibly bought some extremely fluorescent reflective gear. On the packaging of my new ‘safety coloured vest’, there’s a chart to help you select the right size, all the way from XS to XXXXL:



CHEST (cm)


164 – 172

88 – 96


172 – 180

96 – 104


180 – 188

104 – 112

Underneath the chart, the manufacturer helpfully points out that “the measurement reflects the size of the wearer, not the size of the garment.” Which is good, because I for one would struggle to cycle in a fluorescent vest that’s as long as I am tall.

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