I've been rocking this second hand Old Navy peacoat for years and I recently had it tailored to be more snug. I quite like how it fits except for one minor detail - it seems a tad too large around the armpits. This prompted me to investigate it further at which point I realized that it's likely a girl's coat due to it buttoning on the left side. Curiously, I never noticed this before as the tag says XS and it was originally a little baggy on my 5'4", 33" frame, like most men's XS coats. I guess it could have been a plus-sized women's XS? (Which sort of defeats the purpose of it being plus size, but whatever.) Anyway, I took it back to the tailor and asked about the pits being too wide and she said if she took it in anymore it would be hard to move my arms. She's always done incredible work, so I trust her.
I'm now wondering if all peacoats fit that way or if I'm just being paranoid since I realized it's a women's coat. I've since purchased a J Crew peacoat (which I had to return as it was too big, even at an XS) and it appeared to be tailored with wider pits in proportion to the rest of the coat too.
So my question is this, fashion conscious fellows: Does this coat look like it fits optimally to you? Are the pits wide to leave room for breasts, or is it like that because I'd need extra space to move my arms and it would be the same even on a man's coat? Or are the wider pits a function of me taking in a coat meant for someone with a wider frame? (This would be the case even with a men's coat as I'd have to take that in too). I've included pics below both with my arms at ease and up. I think I'm being paranoid about this, but would love a second opinion. Thanks!
You are being paranoid. The armpits look OK. I prefer mine higher and tighter for ease of movement, but could certainly live with what is on your coat. Armpits vary greatly; see my post above.