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42R vs 42L

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I wear a 42R in most suits, Paul Stuart 42M/L - I am 5'10", medium build. Can I buy a 42L and have it cut to fit? Is it just sleeves and pants that are longer on an L vs an R or is the jacket much longer and the drop, etc. Thank you.
post #2 of 9
Maybe. You can shorten the coat, but you can't move the pockets or change the button stance. So you might end up with a coat who's balance is off, and that looks really low-waisted.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks. What is the break point for R to L? 6' tall?
post #4 of 9
Good question. That sounds about right, or maybe 6' 1". I know that I'm a 41XL, and I'm a shade taller than 6'4". I'm not sure about other sizes, however. Does anyone know of an online chart that lays all this out, size by size?
post #5 of 9
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What is the break point for R to L? 6' tall?
No hard and fast rule. Each person upper and lower body proportion is different. Even if you shortern the coat, the waist hits differently on a long cut suit versus a regular cut.
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No hard and fast rule. Each person upper and lower body proportion is different.
I agree with this very strongly. I am also 5'10", medium build. In most of my fittings for RTW, it is pointed out to me that I am slightly too tall for a 42R, but just barely too short for a 42L. It's a matter of the length of my torso compared to my legs. I've come to accept it as a fact of not buying custom, as it's just one more measurement where I fall between the 'norms'.
post #7 of 9
For reference, I am ~6'3+ and wear a 42L. I think trying to cut a *L suit to *R would be a bit strange due to pockets and buttons as described previously.
post #8 of 9
I think that it is easy to alter and that nobody would see that your pocket is 2 cm below. I have the same problem but haven't tailored the jacket yet.
post #9 of 9
Another thing to consider: shortening the jacket shortens the vent(s), if any. Vent can't be lengthened.
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