Just looked at this thread, been off the radar for a while... Still can't get over how under-sized the down parka was from this season.
Anyways, I've been looking for a medium-grey flannel down jacket passively for 2-3 years. Saw a beautiful B. Cucinelli jacket a year or two ago online, but over a grand marked down was still too much. So I saw a pic of it on one the stocklists randomly and had to track down my size with a Boxing day sale. Used measurements from a Canadian webshop, but could only find them for small & med & large, not xl. Didn't want to waste time emailing shops.
So bought it relatively cheap and really happy with this purchase...
Though this is a medium grey tweed, not flannel still happy. I've had my tailor sew holes for an elastic drawstring to the parka hem and replaced the cotton string on the hood with elastic as well. Makes the customizability when I wear it more to my liking.
But, I couldn't believe for a down parka that W&H size XL was the right fit for me. I'm a 38-39 chest and 5'10''. Really blew me away as this is the first item I've ever ordered in XTRA LARGE. I own a whole closet of smalls, mediums and 38 with rare slim 40, but it's the XL parka that fit.
Shoulder of 18.5", ~23" chest ect. on the XL all point to size 38-40 territory for thicker down. Hell the sleeves hit right where they should, I'm pretty sure the Large sleeves would have been too short if I sized down. The parka looks like a modern parka should, trim, but loose enough so that the down is "fluffed" out and not compressed when you wear it. This helps keep the warm air near your body where it should when it's freezing out.
I'd probably be able to fit into a medium or large, and get a look more like the lookbook photo in the start of this thread. But look at it again: http://www.wingsandhorns.com/wp-content/gallery/fall-winter-2011/9.jpg
That fit the sleeves are a good inch short and fits way much too slim for a parka. When it's below freezing, it's not practical to wear a parka that doesn't cover your whole arm all the way down.Edited by erdawe - 1/17/12 at 2:09am