Make sure the fit is right !!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by silhouette53, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. silhouette53

    silhouette53 One of the Regulars

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    After seeing so many pics of Paddy in his A2s, I have learned just how important it is to get the fit just right on an A2 for that authentic WW2 look. When I bought my Aero two years ago, I rather foolishly ordered a 42"" when I am a 40" chest. Admittedly, the guy I spoke to advised a 42 after I gave him my measurements and told him I might wear a sweatshirt under it, nevertheless, I wish I'd gone for a 40. I'm hoping to aquire another one soon and have decided to go for the 'real deal' one they do. The one I have now is their generic A2 - not necessarily a repro of any particular maker/ year. It's taking a long time to aquire any kind of worn-in look and as I'll be 53 in September, I guess I'll be 'worn out' long before it's 'worn in' lol

    My daughter took the pics which are not very high res but they're just for a rough guide

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  2. Burma Shave

    Burma Shave One of the Regulars

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    actually...

    ...I think the 42 looks great on you. If you went two inches smaller in the chest, it looks like it would start pulling too much across the shoulders. Just my two cents.
     
  3. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Hey Mister- the fit in these pic's is perfect- any smaller than this and you'll be dressed for the wrong kind of nightclub:rolleyes:

    Seriously, as the last reply says- spot on.
    There is some 'pull' across the chest already.
    Don't fall into the T-O-O tight A-2 trap, like many of us have.
    And I'm speaking from experience...

    Glad to see you're not trying to get a good fit with an Eastman...:D

    BTW- you don't look a day over the hill.

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  4. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    That Jacket Fits

    I wouldn't go any smaller at all, or you'll look like BT in an Eastman.

    Seriously, you have half the fit thing nailed by wearing the right pants with it. Wearing low-waisted blue jeans with an A2 (especially over 30 years old), and there's really no avoiding the fat old fart in a kid's jacket look. Unless you're rail thin.

    That jacket fits just right.
     
  5. KENNYW

    KENNYW Familiar Face

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    I think it looks just right!Not tight,not loose.A perfect fit for you.:eusa_clap
     
  6. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Yep- by virtue of the high armpits, the fit is a winner.

    A-2s look good and authentic with the high-cut arm holes and skinny sleeves.

    Really good fit there!

    B
    T
     
  7. JWG

    JWG Familiar Face

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    That fit is excellent. Look at the photos of vintage aircrews and pilots and you'll find many many of them have loose fitting A2s!

    Yours looks ideal all around!
     
  8. Hemingway Jones

    Hemingway Jones I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    I hate to go along with the crowd, but I also think the fit is perfect. Too tight would ride up and pull in the wrong places.
     
  9. Mike K.

    Mike K. One Too Many

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    Keep that jacket...the fit is right on!!

    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall reading somewhere that Aero uses WWII sizing on their flight jackets (which is one size larger than today's sizing). Hence an Aero/WWII size 42 will actually fit more like a modern size 40. I'm a modern size 38 and take Aero's size 40 for a correct fit.
     
  10. silhouette53

    silhouette53 One of the Regulars

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    Re-assured !!

    Thanks guys for such a positive response. I must say that the jacket does feel comfortable as far as fit goes - its not restricting in any way. I'm not unhappy with the way it looks, just felt the 40 might be 'spot-on' as they say. Anyway, I do intend to get one of their 'real deal' jackets - be it 40 or 42 I certainly won't make any decision until I can actually try on an Aero in 40" and see what the difference is like. Thanks for all your encouraging feedback, I really appreciate that.

    Colin
     
  11. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    It's unanimous.

    I concur with all my esteemed colleagues,...the jacket fits! :)
    The two halves should just about touch when it is unzipped, like in your pic.
     
  12. bfrench

    bfrench Familiar Face

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    Hi, Silhoutte53,

    I agree with the others that this jacket is an excellent fit.

    One thing I'll suggest to all of you is that you invest in a camera tripod and learn to use the timer on your digital cameras.

    You then can take all the pics you want of yourself by yourself without trying the patience of your loved ones.

    You'll be surprised at how well you'll become at taking the pics that you want to display your jackets.

    It also shows how the jacket fits on you in a myriad of poses.

    Bill French
     
  13. green papaya

    green papaya One Too Many

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    A2 fit

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    this guys A2 has a good fit, short in the waist , with enough room in the shoulders for comfort
     
  14. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    I think everyone is right about the fit for you, it looks good. Don't forget that during WWII there was a great deal of variation in the way those jackets fit. Some guys ended up with a little too big...others a little too small. It sounds as if you've got "flight jacket fever" anyway so you'll have a chance to experiment with size as you add to your collection. If you get your next Aero from Mark Moye you could ask him to send you a jacket as a sample to try for fit. I've heard that he'll do that service so you can be certain.

    My Real Deal is a bit big now due to my getting back down to my usual underweight proportions. I think the jacket still looks good although it's no where near a snug fit. I love that jacket too much to not wear it anyhow. If I had only realized when I ordered mine that I was just about to find the will power to step away from the Chunky Monkey!:)
     
  15. green papaya

    green papaya One Too Many

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    Jimmy Doolittle's A2 fit

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    Jimmy Doolittle's A2 has a full cut, his doesnt look like a snug fit
     

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