Nice forum, 1st post: I'll be graduating at the end of this year and I'm looking to wear a nice traditional, black suit for the job interview. Everything is going okay except for the jacket size, here's my problem: I bought one of those soft tape measures and measured around my chest, under my arms and I'm about 38", over the shoulders 44" take away 6" is 38", also my waist size is 33" add 6" is 39" so I think add about an inch for comfort so let's call it 39" so I went on to try several different jacket sizes by myself to get a feel: the 38 Jacket was almost too tight to button and I could feel it grabbing me under the arms the 40 was still tight to button and I could feel it grabbing me under the arms the 42 was comfortable around the chest to button, but I noticed this uncomfortable feeling again under the arms at 46 I finally felt comfortable under the arms (when I say under the arms, I mean I could lift my arms above my head, raise them, run around and feel like the whole jacket isn't riding up my body.....this is what I would assume I would need in a jacket) but a 46 is too big of course! here's another thing: only the 38 is the right sleeve length.....anything bigger touches my palms when my arms are at my side (I'm skinny, only 145 pounds, 5' 10" so I'm only looking at regular length jackets, my sleeve length is 32" which is why I think only the 38 jacket is right when it comes to the sleeve length, waist size is 33" and inseam is 30") my neck measured at 16" but I figured to be comfortable I bought a 17-17.5 shirt......but i'm worried it looks a little too loose around the neck when i wear it I felt completely uncomfortable under the arms in anything smaller then a 46, the 38 is the only one with the right sleeve length but literally will break when i button it (to give you some perspective I normally wear a XL or bigger in a t-shirt to be comfortable) i don't want to get laughed at during the job interview, please help!
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6/11/06 at 5:31pm