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Suit Chest Sizing

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Suit question for the experts....


How much chest allowance (ie. excess room above your actual chest measurement)  in a suit would you consider to be standard?  slim fit? extra slim fit?  I read that standard allowance is 4". So, for example, a 38 suit jacket would have an actual garment chest measurement of 42".  


I am wondering if anyone knows in general how much chest room designers account for in today's slimmer suit jackets?


I tried on the BB Milan today and that was pretty fitted....does anyone know what the actual chest allowance is for that suit, or perhaps other BB suits?  


Edit: I don't think the "double the armpit to armpit" measurement is accurate in measuring the chest of a suit jacket since some jackets have lower armholes than might end up measuring closer to the waist using this method.

post #2 of 5

I'm not sure if there is a "standard" amount, but then again, I'm no expert. It's tough to call because technically, you have to take into the chest and back segments (which may have different proportions) I'd suggest that you try on a few suits and figure out what works for you rather then trying to come up with a mathematical equation.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

I agree with the suggestion... but I am curious to see some actual numbers.


post #4 of 5
A minimum of 2 or 3 inches.
post #5 of 5
There is or was a standard. The problem nobody is forced to follow the standard.

Just think about what you're asking . Slim fit for some means a suit designed to be smaller then standard. For others it means sizing down .
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