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Help with overcoat sizing

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Mr Vim, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Mr Vim

    Mr Vim One Too Many

    Can anyone give me a hand on what size overcoat I should buy?

    I'm a size 36, but if I want to wear a suit under the coat how much larger of a size do I buy?

    I was thinking that I should buy a size 38 coat and that should be enough room but I would be much obliged if someone has any thoughts on the matter.
  2. Mr Badger

    Mr Badger Practically Family

    Hey chap. I'm quite wide-shouldered and have suffered problems in this regard. I'd deff go with shoulder measurements, as opposed to chest sizes. The way I worked it out, which seems to be right for buying a topcoat/overcoat to fit over a suit jacket with moderately-padded shoulders is:

    1) Take the shoulder-to-shoulder measurement of your favourite, well-fitting suit jacket/sports coat
    2) Add two-four inches and that should be the shoulder measurement of the topcoat/overcoat, depending on its thickness/shoulder pads.
    3) Bob's yer uncle, as we Limeys say!

    There's nothing worse than barely being able to move your shoulders in a topcoat/overcoat!
  3. Mr Vim

    Mr Vim One Too Many

    Badger, much thanks, I did not consider the shoulders at all in my calculations.

  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    Yep,as Mr.Badger said, it's all about the shoulders. Theoretically, one would wear the same size overcoat as suit but there can be variations between brands so it's best to try on or at least compare measurements from a good fitting coat.
  5. Mr Vim

    Mr Vim One Too Many

    Shoulders, gotcha.

    I do have a nice fitting overcoat at home, but I think it is only a nice fitting one by sheer dumb luck, as I cannot recall the measurements.

    I will be sure to measure it out when I go home tonight and then plan accordingly.

    Thanks again Gents!
  6. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

    I wear a 40L or 42R suit; I have two "designer" wool topcoats, one's a 40L and the other's a 42R and they fit perfectly over a suit coat. Why not run into any dept. store and just try for fit. If you're unsure you can try a raglan as well.
  7. Confused. An overcoat in my estimation would fit over another coat/jacket. Do makers compensate for this already? If not, would you not get a larger size?
  8. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

    compensate, to a degree

    as mentioned already, the shoulders are what matters, but the coats are measured by chest size. so they give a little room in the shoulders, sleeves, etc., knowing that if you are a 40L, the topcoat that will fit you in the chest, will need enough shoulder to fit over a suit jacket, and the sleeve will need to be tad longer to fit as well over the other garments. But the chest measurement often works, because of the extra room usually in chest measurements to begin with.
  9. Mr Badger

    Mr Badger Practically Family

    With modern overcoats, I've found that this is the case. However, in my experience, vintage coats are usually narrower in the shoulder than modern versions, as folks were generally smaller. For instance, I own a mid-40s wool topcoat that's around 48" in the chest, which is nice and comfy when wearing a thick-ish suit jacket, but it's only 20" across the shoulders, meaning that I can only wear unstructured jackets (i.e. without shoulder pads) underneath, which is a pain...
  10. Mr Vim

    Mr Vim One Too Many

    Boy you know I wish I could but Juneau doesn't have any department stores, it's criminal no doubt. Plus as Badger said above the vintage coats size differentely.
  11. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

    What size are you in a suit coat, or measurements, Maybe one of us who is the same size can measure what fits us. Then you use it as a guide for ebay? There are really nice vintage topcoats there for sale all the time, often very inexpensive. e.g., http://tinyurl.com/2369ofk or http://tinyurl.com/2c6urs6 etc., etc.
  12. azhiker

    azhiker One of the Regulars

    I just bought the trench coat in my avatar about 2 months ago. I got it from the Mens Warehouse online. At the store, the same folks told me an overcoat is sized to fit over a suit of the same size. That is their overcoats, but they gave me the impression that this is true of all. Of course I hate the terms 'always' and 'forever'..:)
  13. My rule f thumb has always been to look for an overcoat one size up from my suitcoat measurement - i.e. I wear a 42R suit jacket, so a 44R overcoat. Occasionally I find a 46 is better in vintage (as is a 44 for the suit). Never gone badly wrong with this.

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