I think it is an excellent nice fit and a very nice coat. Looks as if you will have barely enough room for a sweater underneath? You will probably need one frequently way up there in the frozen northland. Now that you have scored a good post war coat, it is time to start the hunt for a WWII model.
The term "measured chest size of 36" is language that Gary at Vintage Trends uses. This is unfortunate as it is inaccurate and misleading. He really doesn't measure the chest size. He just uses the tag size as the "measured chest size." This peacoat has a true size of 36, which is consistent with the tag size of 36. But we wouldn't know that from the wording used by Gary. He would be more easily understood, and would be more accurate, if he used the pit to pit measurement on his coats. Plus, we would know the actual size of the coat.
Based on the recent spring-like temperatures, I don't think I'll be needing a sweater anytime soon haha. But unless I'm wearing a down filled vest or something, sweaters are actually OK with this coat. I think I lucked out with regards to the way it fits on me :D
Holy cow you read my mind! A WWII styled pea coat is exactly what I was aiming for for my next purchase. I really dig the numerous buttons and the coat's trim look, plus I think it'll allow me to skip on wearing a scarf. I'll probably have to get it next year though as I already spent a LOT of money this winter
I remember you saying something about WWII coats fitting smaller/tighter than later years' pea coat models. So should I opt for a size 38R when I decide to get a WWII pea coat? Or is it better to increase the pit to pit measurement by an inch or so? Thanks.