FIT ADVISE: ELC A-2 Slender

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by GoAround, May 12, 2018.

  1. GoAround

    GoAround New in Town

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    Yes, it’s a first world problem & I know it’s always up to the personal taste, but as I’m going back and forth esp. about the body length, I was thinking that it might be helpful to ask the wisdom of the forum. ;-)

    I’m targeting an ELC A-2 Slender and tried the one shown in the pictures. I’ll certainly go for longer sleeves but I’m uncertain about the body length - while wearing the jacket the body length felt a tad short and hence I was thinking to add some length there (one inch).

    But as it’s my first A-2 style jacket I might not be used to that blouson fit and when comparing my pictures with the ones I’ve found while browsing this forum, the body length appears to be similar in most cases (leather part ends around / above modern trousers waistband). So keep it as it is?

    On the other side, if I would only increase the sleeve length, would’t it look odd with such long sleeves and a relatively short body? But thats actually what mother nature provide me with. ;-)

    Some fit pictures:
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    This is my currently envisaged modification - the yellow post-it are representing the added length:
    2.jpg

    To sum it up, my questions are:
    1. Should I leave the body length as it is or shall I add one inch as indicated by the yellow post-it?
    2. Is there any shrinking for the body length to be expected?
     
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  2. marmalademan

    marmalademan Banned

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    Length as is looks perfect to me. Adding more - as is usually the case - would definitely be a mistake, and in time you would come to realise so yourself (perhaps you would immediately)
     
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  3. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

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    I don't think you need any in the body, the trousers look quite low but the knits cover the belt so seems about right to me. Needs some in the arms though.
     
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  4. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    dont over-think it.........go with your gut feeling.
     
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  5. Carlos840

    Carlos840 Call Me a Cab

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    Are you sure ELC allows for arms only to be extended? Because i don't think they do.
    They are very strict as far as mods go and don't allow any customization. From what i have understood talking to Rob they only offer standard and long sizes, long sizes are longer both in body and arms (1" to 1.5" longer) and are non returnable.

    Now regarding your A2, i would agree with you that the sleeves are short. If allowed by ELC i would extend sleeves only, if not i would definitely go for a Long size, as i don't think an extra inch in the body would negatively influence the fit compared to how much better longer arms would look.
     
  6. HPA Rep

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    Most correct: no custom sizing is available from ELC. Those days are longgggg gone ...
     
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  7. Powerband

    Powerband Practically Family

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    Disproportionately longer sleeves (to jacket length) will be better than shorter sleeves that will only emphasize longer arms.

    If your only choice is to size up to longer length in order to get longer sleeves, then that’s definitely the better choice because you can probably tolerate more jacket length than shorter sleeves.

    Nice jacket—good luck!




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  8. Flightengineer

    Flightengineer Practically Family

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    Sleeves are short for you, jacket length - OK.
     
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  9. GoAround

    GoAround New in Town

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    Thank you for your replies. Very much appreciated!

    Fully shared that the sleeves are too short.

    Let’s kindly focus on the main question “body length shall remain as-is or body length shall be enlarged by one inch?”.

    So far the tendency seems to be “body length is fine as it is”.

    Looking forward to read more opinions. ;-)
     
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  10. marmalademan

    marmalademan Banned

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    I gotta say that adding more body length in order to have longer sleeves is not a wise move based on how this one already fits.

    If you need longer sleeves you'll be better off buying one from a maker that lets you customise lengths. Pick a trim oattern, get the same chest size n the same body length, but add a bit onto the sleeves.

    If they have the leather Bill Kelso would be a very good option
     
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  11. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    Sleeves are definitely too short. End.

    Body length is pretty perfect though, I think - but 1" additional length is unlikely to ruin the whole thing.
     
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  12. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    I've gone about an inch over my usual length with ELC by sizing up (46 to 48 for more shoulder room)..worried about it initially & then forgot all about it, still a short jacket (Hartman in my case).
     
  13. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    Appears you are built like I am - high waisted and all arms and legs. IMO the body length is fine, but the sleeves are at least 2" too short. BTW welcome to the Lounge.
     
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  14. s4rmark

    s4rmark One of the Regulars

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    Body length good, sleeves too short and will get shorter as they wrinkle up with use.
     
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  15. GoAround

    GoAround New in Town

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    That's the reason I'm tending to wear my trousers "below" the hips, to give the impression that I have at least a little bit of torso. ;-)

    Oh, I should have started a poll. The following picture I've retrieved from your comments given so far regarding the body length:

    Leave it as it is: 8
    One extra inch wouldn't hurt: 1
    For sure add one extra inch: 0

    Further votes / opinions are welcomed!

    Have a great Sunday!
     
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  16. seres

    seres A-List Customer

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    The sleeves are too short, so an extra inch there. The body length is OK where it is, but an extra inch would be fine. Remember, as the jacket ages and wrinkles, it tends to get shorter.
     
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  17. Cocker

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    The body length looks bang on to me, but indeed, arms are way too short.
     
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  18. GoAround

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    To close the loop, this is how it turned out (decided to go with some additional length in the body & sleeves).

    I'm quite happy with the outcome - thank you everybody for your comments & suggestions.

    Front_Open.JPG Front_Zipped.JPG
    Back.JPG
     
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  19. GoAround

    GoAround New in Town

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    By the way, I hereby confirm that it's unlikely to stop after the first jacket (ELC B-10) ...

    front_zipped.jpg front.jpg back.jpg
     
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  20. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    nice jackets and some nice wrist watch action......if I can see your watch I know for sure your sleeves aint too long. What is it if you don't mind me asking? Cant tell from the pics
     

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