As I've always said, tagged sizes are not reliable. The only way to tell how a suit will fit is to try it on, or to compare (accurately taken) measurements. The problem with measurements is that a goodly percentage of ebay sellers and buyers don't measure correctly. Sites like Bluefly and Yoox, and catalogues are much worse - there are no measurements at all. Just a tagged size, usually of questionable origin. If you are looking for bargains, it is a good idea to try on suits at every opportunity and get a good feel as to how different brands are cut. Using the seller's measurements (generally as a basis point from wich I guesstimate the true measurements) and my own knowledge of the cut and fit of different makers and labels, I have had pretty good success buying suits sight unseen. As for the the original questions: 1) My chest measurement is appx. 44.5". I consider my proper suit size to be a 44 Long. However I own suits from different makers in sizes 42L, 44R, 44L, 46R and 46L.. Some fit better than others, but all fit acceptably at the very least (for RTW.) 2) Suit 2 doesn't fit. It could be argued that suit 1 fits, but I don't find the silhouette to be flattering for the model. Personally, I prefer a slimmer fit. Â ÂThere seems to be some misconception about drop. It does not refer to the difference between the chest and waist measurements of a jacket, in inches. Most suits you will see on the market have a drop of 6 or 7. For a size 42, that would mean a chest measurement of 46" and a waist measurement of 39" or 40". This would look ridiculous. I must admit that I have not been able to get a conclusive answer on what the drop number refers to. It could refer to the difference between the chest and waist measurements of the person in inches. Or perhaps the difference between the chest and waist measurements of the jacket in centimeters. I don't know for certain.
Quote:think the waist also depends on the body. Â I try to have a +2" on the widest possible waist measurement (as my waist tends to fluctuate between 33" to 35"), even though I wear size 32 Guess jeans. Â For me it will be 44" chest/37" waist for a 7" drop.