What does ‘P’ designate in a suit measurement?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by BigBrother, Oct 21, 2021.

  1. BigBrother

    BigBrother One of the Regulars

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    I’m looking at a late-40s era Ike jacket and the size is listed as a “39 PR”. Never seen the P before. Does it stand for portly? That’s what someone on usmilitaria suggested. No clue. Thanks!
     
  2. Mrfrown

    Mrfrown Practically Family

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    Petite?

    In the end just getting measurements would be your safest bet
     
  3. BigBrother

    BigBrother One of the Regulars

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    Oh I know, I’m just curious.

    I don’t think it’s petite for at least two reasons:

    1. “Small” would already be covered by the chest and length designations. Along what other axis would it be petite?

    2. I have a hard time believing men’s clothing in virtually *any* older era would use a soft and feminine term like that (in English), but doubly so in the 40s and for a war item.
     
  4. BigBrother

    BigBrother One of the Regulars

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    Well, I think the portly comment was spot on- this was one portly airman! Going right back :).
     
  5. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Yes, portly.
     
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