Originally Posted by Potatowned
Peacoat, it seems that my 38R runs on the larger end of the spectrum. I posted my measurements a few posts ago... It sounds like a 38R should fit me nice and slim, but the 38R still seems a bit bulky to me. Is it just the one I have? P2P was about 20.75".
20.75" is just a little large. I would expect a size 38 to measure 20.25" to 20.50". That's why I recommend the buyer get an accurate p2p prior to purchase.
This peacoat with a p2p of 20.75 will fit between a size 38 and a size 39 (which isn't made). It will be a large fit for a size 38.
When measuring your chest, the tape should be at the widest point of the chest--usually at the nipples, with the tape level in both the front and back. If your chest measures 38", the coat will probably be just a little loose without a sweater. During winter nights in Irvine, you probably won't need a sweater, as the peacoat alone should be sufficient. If you don't wear a sweater under the coat, a size 36 (p2p of 19.25") would give you a tighter fit. Although if you have relatively long arms, a 36 might be a bit short in the sleeves for you. Just like life, proper fitting of a peacoat, or any outerwear, is a series of trade offs.
You might be able to shrink the body a bit by getting the wool wet (saturated) with a spray bottle and letting it dry naturally. I have used this method on a couple of my leather jackets that were a bit too large at the abdomen. I even put one in the dryer on low after saturating the body. Never had to do it with a peacoat, however. As the wool has a bit of natural water proofing, it may take a bit of spraying before you get it saturated.