Originally Posted by raley
So you wouldn't say that the moleskin overcoat would fit a pretty standard 38R (i.e. is it too big for you)?
Depends on how closely you like your coats to fit. Check the measurements to be sure.
As you can see from the pic of me wearing the RLPL overcoat, I like my coats to fit very closely, creating a definite waistline. That's not to everyone's taste. I could certainly wear the moleskin (provided I was wearing a jacket) and it would fit the shoulders fine, but the chest and waist of the coat would be too large for me personally. I would find it too loose if worn just over a medium-thickness sweater
For me to have the kind of silhouette I like, I'd probably take a size down and just wear it over a sweater/shirt rather than with a jacket. Just my personal preference. I must also point out that while I'm a 38 in RLPL, I'm often a 36/37 in Polo. So take that into account too.
Bottom line - if you're Polo 38, I think should fit you, but it will be a less trim silhouette. If you're a Polo 40, it's also likely to fit you but it will be a much more closely fitting look. If you're a 39 (or a big fitting 38, or a trim 40), it's probably an ideal median compromise between those two styles.
Hope that's clarified rather than confused!