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How do you determine what size trenchcoat you are?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm male, 5'7" and about average weight (140lbs.) and would like a basic long double-breasted trench coat.  Nothing too close-fit.  I like room.  What size should I be looking for?  I have no idea what the specific numbers and letters mean.  I was also looking for something like a Stafford brand.  I'd go and try some on to see, but I'll be ordering something online for convenience.

 

New to the whole 'clothes shopping' thing, as one can see.

post #2 of 11
Same size as your suit size.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post

Same size as your suit size.

If you don't care about extra room, then this is a good strategy.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post

Same size as your suit size.

 

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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

If you don't care about extra room, then this is a good strategy.


Thank you both, although this is a sad admittance, I have never owned a suit.  Probably the reason I am having so much confusion.  All I've worn in life are regular shirts, jackets, pants, etc.

post #5 of 11
Your jacket size.

Where are you that 140lbs is average?
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Nicola View Post

Your jacket size.

Where are you that 140lbs is average?


Well, jackets only come in S, M, L, XL, etc.

 

Also - America.  I remember at some point looking at the CDC's BMI chart, and for my height & weight, being in the normal range.

post #7 of 11

A suit jacket will come with your chest size. You can measure around your chest to get an estimate.

post #8 of 11
Go to a Marshalls or Burlington Coat factory and try on some sport coats and suits and find your size. Burlington has trenchcoats too.
post #9 of 11
Suit coat sizes correspond to the chest size of the wearer, not the measured size of the coat itself. So if you have a 38" chest, a size 38 suit coat should fit you. The chest of the coat will measure 40-42 inches, usually.

Outerwear such as a trench coat, even when it is sized like suits (38, 40, 42, etc) is sized to fit over the suit coat that is over your chest. It could measure 44-46 inches. In S-M-L sizing you are probably a S.

Best practice is to go to a store and try some trench coats on. If you will usually wear one with a suit or sport coat, make sure you have on one of those before you try on the trench.
post #10 of 11

that would not work. 

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by smokeybear View Post

that would not work. 

 

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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post

Same size as your suit size.
That would not work at all.
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