About my new Beaufort...
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So, I scored a Beaufort on Ebay for a good price. NWT. I bought my suit coat size (42). I don't know why I didn't grasp this when I tried these things on at Orvis a month ago, but at 42, the thing is too big and too long. I had talked myself into buying that size after reading all the related threads here and AAAC and saw that a) they're supposed to be big, and b) it's designed to be layered over tons of stuff, including sport coats. Indeed, if I put it over my sportcoat, it covers the sportcoat just so, with maybe an inch or two surplus. And its roomy enough for me to wear the coat WITH a liner AND a big sweater.
Before buying one's suit size, one really needs to ask oneself if one really intends or needs to wear the thing with a sportcoat. I often wear sportcoats and thus will be doing so often, but I don't need it for that purpose since I already have a nice wool top coat and trench coat w/ liner. What I should have kept in mind is that for the specific purpose I needed this for...those times in which the top coat and trench coat would have been too dressy...I was unlikely to be wearing a sport coat as well. In brief, if I had so much as gone down even to just a 40, I think I'd be a lot happier with the Beaufort without having to sacrifice any of the functionality.
The 42"'s not terrible. It's just not as perfect as I would like a garment to be when I bought the garment to a large degree because of its vaunted longevity.
...The 42"'s not terrible. It's just not as perfect as I would like a garment to be...
Another insight: once again I find that saving money short term does not pay. Had I bought the coat at Orvis (and paid the extra sum), I might have the ability to return it. Over time, that extra sum would quickly become meaningless.
Very well said. I recently picked up a Beaufort in my suit size as well, 44. I picked it up at the Milford, NH outlet so it was very well priced. In the past few weeks of wearing it, I've come to the exact same conclusion as you...but didn't want to admit it out loud .
I do like it very much but as you said, it's not as perfect as I wanted it to be.
With that said, you may very well be able to recoup your investment by re-selling it here or back at ebay. I've been considering that myself.