Originally Posted by jkc350z
i went to an army/camping store today and I tried on a navy peacoat...not sure if it was a sterlingwear..but it was harsh and really stiff...are sterlingwears like this?
the Sterlingwear is durable. Isn't the roughest I've felt but it is no cashmere. It is also durable and fairly stiff.
My thoughts on sizing.... I'm a 38.5" chest and the 38R fit though I felt the shoulders and body were a bit wide for a slim fit, so I sent it back and then got my 36R in after quite a journey with a poster on this forum. If anything, I should have gotten a 36L, since I am 6' and the sleeves are about .5-1" too short but I can get those lengthened at a tailor, though they don't look bad now.
I have a 7-8" drop and for this reason the chest is VERY tight when I button the top button. It is doable but I wish there was an extra inch. The armholes are VERY high as well and almost dig into my armpits. All in all, the peacoat fits VERY slim, but I don't know if it is worth the sacrifice for comfort. There is about 0.5-1" to let the back out. I may do this and then move the buttons over half an inch if things are still too snug.
Putting a sweater on underneath is pushing it, but still doable (technically) if I don't button the top button. I have just been wearing it with the middle button buttoned to keep it somewhat comfortable.