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Overcoat sleeve length?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by amirrorcrackd, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Well-Known Member

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    Where should sleeves be hitting on an overcoat?

    I bought an APC coat today, and I think the sleeves are too long. They hit around mid-palm with my arms straight down at my sides.

    thanks,

    Dan
     
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Well-Known Member

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    Overcoat sleeves should be about ½" longer than the shirt sleeves, which in turn should be ½" longer than the jacket sleeves.
     
  3. drljva

    drljva Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you're not too far off. Conventional wisdom holds that the coat should be cut at the "top" (or "bottom", depending on your perspective...) of the thumb (i.e., right where the thumb and index finger form a "V").

    JV
     
  4. j

    j Well-Known Member

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    Long enough to hold a glove in, but not so long as to be annoying. So, about to the V is probably right, I guess.
     
  5. fkl118

    fkl118 Well-Known Member

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    I also have the sleeves go to the "V". It may look just a little long when you're standing, but I prefer it that way. Otherwise, the sleeves don't cover my wrists when my arms are in a forward position such as when driving.
     

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