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42R vs 42L

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oldskool, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. oldskool

    oldskool Senior member

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    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.
     
  2. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
  3. oldskool

    oldskool Senior member

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    Thanks. What is the break point for R to L? 6' tall?
     
  4. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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?
     
  5. benchan

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    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.
     
  6. StagRaven

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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'.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  9. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Another thing to consider: shortening the jacket shortens the vent(s), if any. Vent can't be lengthened.
     

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