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Measuring for a suit...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by P3R3, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    When measuring for a suit size you measure from just below your armpit and around your chest at its thickest point. This is how we determine size right?
    Well I get 37", so would 38 be the proper size (disregarding arm lenth).

    I am 6' with a 33 waist. Does this seem right?
     
  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    You would probably take a 37 (or 38), but jacket measurements will vary from maker to maker, so you'll still want to try the jacket on, or make sure the measurements match yours. In general, there should be 3-4 inches of breathing room in the chest, in addition to your actual measurement. Thus, a size 37 jacket would measure out at 41 inches or so.
     
  3. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    Well I found this awesome deal on a suit on Amazon, but the only size available was a 40S or 42L. Would this even remotely fit me? I ordered the 40S on impulse since the 42 would be way too big.

    For 95% off I couldnt resist.
     
  4. NoVaguy

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    Well I found this awesome deal on a suit on Amazon, but the only size available was a 40S or 42L. Would this even remotely fit me? I ordered the 40S on impulse since the 42 would be way too big.

    For 95% off I couldnt resist.


    6'0" is probably a regular.

    I'm 6'1" and wear a long.

    If your chest is 37", you should fit into a 37 or 38 suit, although there are other variables uch as shoulder size. I have a 41 inch chest, but 49.5 to 50 inch shoulders, so I wear a 42L or 43L
     
  5. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    6'0" is probably a regular.

    I'm 6'1" and wear a long.

    If your chest is 37", you should fit into a 37 or 38 suit, although there are other variables uch as shoulder size. I have a 41 inch chest, but 49.5 to 50 inch shoulders, so I wear a 42L or 43L

    Yea, I canceled the short and went for the 42L. That 42 is going to need alot of Tailoring.
     
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    lawyerdad Well-Known Member

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    Really, Amazon? I'm curious: what brand of suit? I think cancelling the short was a wise move. At 6' I think you'd find a short way too short, not just in the torso but also in the sleeves.
     
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    Whaddaya know: Amazon sells Corneliani. No great bargain at $1200.00, but I didn't even know they carried suits.

    What kind of suit did you find, P3R3?
     
  8. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    Whaddaya know: Amazon sells Corneliani. No great bargain at $1200.00, but I didn't even know they carried suits.

    What kind of suit did you find, P3R3?

    Jos A. Bank suit for 29.99.

    It has since been removed from the catalog. Hopefully my order will get shipped! [​IMG]
     
  9. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    Really, Amazon? I'm curious: what brand of suit? I think cancelling the short was a wise move. At 6' I think you'd find a short way too short, not just in the torso but also in the sleeves.
    Jos. A. Banks wool/cashemere

    I figure at least with the 42L I will be able to have it tailored, and heck for 30 bucks why the heck not? [​IMG]
     
  10. a tailor

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    Jos. A. Banks wool/cashemere

    I figure at least with the 42L I will be able to have it tailored, and heck for 30 bucks why the heck not? [​IMG]


    you are really a 38 long.

    that 30 bucks will be no bargan when you get alteration bill.
     
  11. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    you are really a 38 long.

    that 30 bucks will be no bargan when you get alteration bill.

    Well my dad is a 42L, so Christmas present! Cant beat that price with a stick.

    Would it really cost more than $100 to alter? I live in SC here, not LA or NYY?
     
  12. rox

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    I'm not sure that a 42L could ever be altered to fit a 37/38. My understanding is that you really can't alter the shoulders, which will be too wide for a 37/38. Even if you could, you're looking at $200 in alterations for a good tailor. I wear a 42L and always need extensive alterations, and it normally runs me $200 in Texas.
     
  13. P3R3

    P3R3 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure that a 42L could ever be altered to fit a 37/38. My understanding is that you really can't alter the shoulders, which will be too wide for a 37/38. Even if you could, you're looking at $200 in alterations for a good tailor. I wear a 42L and always need extensive alterations, and it normally runs me $200 in Texas.
    Nice gift for dad then! Haha.

    I have really broad shoulders FYI, in high school I wore a 40R because a 38 was too tight on my arms.
     

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