That's a bit harsh. There's no way as a 38S that I'd wear a 30.25" length jacket. It's on the high-end of R, certainly not R/S.
Originally Posted by othertravel
I'm talking about the boc measurement on the tuxedos. The boc on a 38r Benjamin tux is around 28'.
I usually wear jackets with a boc of 30 or 30.5', which I find is a more traditional/conservative length. I've seen some Caruso suits in 38R with 29' BOC, but not 28'.
Either way, I'm tempted to buy one from Ben. They're a great value.
othertravel I'm not sure where you see 28" BOC on the 38R - it says/is 29".
Current trends are definitely shorter than perhaps a "classic" length. The Benjamin line is designed such that it still completely covers the seat, which to me is sufficient in length. Some people prefer a longer skirt - I personally do not and thus design the clothing as such. Like any designer, my clothing is not for everyone. That being said I do appreciate everyone's input whether positive or constructive.
Do you think it would be permissable to buy a navy suit and turn the jacket into an odd jacket by changing the buttons (to a brown or smoky gray horn)?
I need a new navy sportcoat and the Benjamin fit is just perfect for me.
My opinion is that if the material has some texture to it (something like hopsack, birdseye or nailhead), the shoulders aren't too structured, and you change the buttons to mid brown horn, it would probably be acceptable to wear it alone as an odd jacket. Definitely wouldn't do this if it was a smooth worsted wool, though. Also, I strongly prefer patch pockets (hip) for an odd jacket, but there are plenty of sport coats with flap pockets.