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What is Your Preferred "Wearing Ease" for Jackets & Shirts?

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I was reading jefferyd's blog and came across this paragraph. The concept of "wearing ease" is fairly intuitive, but I had never heard the exact term used before. Very well said:
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Three people with the exact same chest circumference can be shaped completely differently- the very erect guy with flat back and prominent chest, the stooped old man with a dowager’s hump and flat chest, and your average Joe. How on earth is a chest circumference supposed to capture this? Then there is the matter of personal preference. To the client’s skin measurement we always add what is known as “wearing ease”. This is not a compression tshirt, it is a suit- it must be bigger than your own measurement to some degree. And it is the degree which trips people up. Standard ease would be between four and six inches more than the body measurement- for example, if your chest measures 40”, the coat chest should generally be between 44” and 46”, depending on how you like to wear your clothes. One guy will find 4” too big, however, and the next will find it much too tight. How do you account for this?
http://tuttofattoamano.blogspot.com/2012/09/indochino-how-did-my-garment-turn-out.html


I thought it would be helpful for members looking to get a better sense for fit if there was a definitive thread on "wearing ease."

What is your "wearing ease" for shirts and jackets? Also, note what your posture/build type is and the aesthetic you go for. (Super slim/slim/roomy fit, etc)
Edited by jrd617 - 10/12/12 at 5:36am
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I have an athletic build and very "erect" posture. (http://www.styleforum.net/t/236057/balance-explained/0_30) I go for a somewhat slim fit.

Shirts:

About 3 to 3.5 inches for slim fitting Barba shirts. On fuller fitting Borrelli shirts, I have about 5 inches. Here's a good thread on the subject: http://www.styleforum.net/t/95049/shirt-chest-measurement-compared-to-actual-chest-measurement/0_30


Jackets:

Oddly, my best fitting jackets seem to only have about 2.75 to 3 inches of extra room. I guess this cuts down on excess material rippling in the back, etc.
Edited by jrd617 - 10/12/12 at 5:43am
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Also, preemptive 5 cm joke. foo.giffoo.giffoo.gif
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