Hi there - thanks so much to everyone for all these helpful posts. I was hoping someone might be able to advise me on what peacoat would fit me best.
I'm 135 lbs and 5' 7 3/4", which puts me right between "short" and "regular." My chest measures about 34.5" or 35" at the widest point (just under the armpits) and 34" over the nipples.
I live in NYC so the coat needs to fit over a sweater.
Based on this, do you think a size 34R vintage Navy peacoat would fit me, or is likely to be too long in the sleeves and overall length (given my height) and too boxy (given my slender build)? Is it even possible to find coats in this size? It seems like 36 is the smallest commonly-available size.
If you don't think a Navy peacoat would fit me well, would there be a better option? My experience is that my size is generally not compatible with most retailers' standard sizes, and as a grad student, my budget is fairly limited, which is why a spending $100 or less for a vintage coat is an appealing option.
Updated to add: should I jump on this one, given that size 34 coats seem few and far between?
Ask Gary to do two things for you. Measure the actual pit to pit, and to hold the coat at an angle to a strong light to check for moth tracking or other damage.
A standard size 34 should measure about 18.5". However, I have found a lot of variance in the pit to pit sizes on the smaller sizes. I have three size 34s, two vintage and one current issue (1980). They all measure an even 19" p2p, which equates to a large 34 or small 36.
Oh, and welcome to the Forum.
Thanks for the info. Gary told me that the p2p is 19" on the 34R coat. Does that mean that it will likely be too large on me, given my chest size of about 34.5"?
And if so, what is my best alternative? Am I simply a peacoat-incompatible size?