I preferred sizing down for classic Bedale too.
But I think getting Bedale SL is a better choice
I ended up returning the SL Bedale in a size 36 only because the version I ordered in olive was a lighter 4oz fabric versus the 6oz that I was looking for. However, from what I recall, the fit was fantastic. I ended up with a small Ashby in olive and the 6oz fabric and I love it! The Ashby is a similar fit to the SL Bedale from what I remember. The only thing that doesn't fit just right in the Ashby is the chest area when I wear a thicker sweater and shirt underneath. So at times I wish it was a little looser in the chest (which a small standard Bedale would give me). I also at times don't like the polyester lining in the arms - it makes my arms so hot when layering (not breathable at all). And, yes, I would go with a 36 SL Bedale.
Has anyone tried this jacket before?
I wear XS in Ashby and S in Digby, wondering this jacket in S will be too big
I think this was originally made for the japanese market, so it probably runs small.
This same model was on sale for $175 at Notre Shop last week.
My understanding is that the Beaufort is more suitable than the Bedale if the goal is to cover a suit jacket.