Advice on trenchcoat selection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bic Pentameter, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    May 1, 2002
    The last trenchcoat/raincoat I bought was a doublebreasted factory irregular from London Fog.  I got it in the early 90's, before the quality took a further turn for the worse.   The style, color and price were all to my liking and I wore it a good 3-4 years, mostly in the fall and winter.  Unfortunately, the cuffs have frayed.  

    Additionally, the oils in my briefcase have rubbed off, discoloring the shoulder and the left side of the coat.  The cleaners has been unable to remove the stain.  

    For  year or so, I have been looking at off the rack coats, but bargain basement models and higher end places. I nearly bought a Burburry for $800 last year, but the fit was just not quite right.  I also didn't like the color as much as my London Fog.

    I have been considering getting a made to measure model.  Burburry will be taking orders here in Tokyo until the middle of October.  I can choose the lining, buttons, buckles, and have the chest and sleeve adjusted based on my measurements.

    The cost, depending on the options selected will run between $700 and $1,200.  The $80 London Fog did not last too long, and I would hate to have the cuffs on a $1000 coat fray after 3 seasons.  

    Does this purchase seem wise? Does anyone have any alternatives?  I have looked at Aquascum(?), and Sanyo off the rack models.  Is Burberry quality worth the price?  Does a pricey raincoat make sense, or is money better spent on the suit worn beneath the coat?


  2. My View

    My View Senior member

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    Sep 30, 2003
    I have a question related to trench coats. We all know that it's convention that we reveal 1/4 to 1/2 inch (some school of thought says 1/4, some say 1/2 and the cutter for my suit says it's 3/8.) of shirt sleeves when wearing a suit. What about the sleeve length of a trench coat? Should its sleeve be so long as to cover the entire shirt sleeve (which is longer than the suit sleeve)? If so, how long should it be - should be long enough to cover a clenched fist?

    Another question on sleeve length, but now for ladies' suits. Should the same 1/4 to 1/2 inch exposed shirt sleeve rule for men apply for ladies?

    What do you guys think?

  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    My understanding is that a coat (as opposed to a jacket) should cover any linen, and that the *optimal* length is to 1 inch above the first knuckle of your thumb.

  4. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Aug 16, 2003
    A trenchcoat sleeve should cover your shirt and jacket sleeves. Its job is to protect the jacket and shirt from rain, etc.


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