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Blazer and Sport Coat sizing questions.

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Dont know if this is the RIGHT forum, but ill go ahead and ask the questions. I do a lot of thrifting for shirts and pants, and wanted to start looking for blazers and sport coats. From my rough measurements i done to myself, i should be wearing a 42 short jacket. Most of the jackets i find, have a 19 inch shoulder in that size. Here are my questions:

1. Shoulders.......... I know from research, that the shoulders is a DONT DO IF POSSIBLE alteration on a blazer or sport coat. To avoid that, if im a 17 inch shoulder, ( My rough measurement), how much of a increase in shoulder size could i go, so that the shoulders will not bunch up? Ive learned that you want a little play, so that your sleeves will hang properly, but would say, 19 inch shoulders, be too much leeway?

2. Length...........Im a 30 length in a regular jacket. I SHOULD be wearing short jackets because of my height. How much leeway is in the length?


3. Chest.........im pretty spot on with the chest. No problems there. I know my leeway and how the jacket should fit without bunching up in the middle. ( creating a X effect.)

4. Waist.......same as above, i pretty much know how it should fit and the leeway there.

5. Sleeve..... again, im pretty clear on that measurement and know its a easy alteration ( depending on buttons and lining of the jacket).
 
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Dont know if this is the RIGHT forum, but ill go ahead and ask the questions. I do a lot of thrifting for shirts and pants, and wanted to start looking for blazers and sport coats. From my rough measurements i done to myself, i should be wearing a 42 short jacket. Most of the jackets i find, have a 19 inch shoulder in that size. Here are my questions:

1. Shoulders.......... I know from research, that the shoulders is a DONT DO IF POSSIBLE alteration on a blazer or sport coat. To avoid that, if im a 17 inch shoulder, ( My rough measurement), how much of a increase in shoulder size could i go, so that the shoulders will not bunch up? Ive learned that you want a little play, so that your sleeves will hang properly, but would say, 19 inch shoulders, be too much leeway?

2. Length...........Im a 30 length in a regular jacket. I SHOULD be wearing short jackets because of my height. How much leeway is in the length?


3. Chest.........im pretty spot on with the chest. No problems there. I know my leeway and how the jacket should fit without bunching up in the middle. ( creating a X effect.)

4. Waist.......same as above, i pretty much know how it should fit and the leeway there.

5. Sleeve..... again, im pretty clear on that measurement and know its a easy alteration ( depending on buttons and lining of the jacket).
Try shit on. If it looks good, buy it.

If you don't know what "looks good" is, look at pictures and try stuff on in stores. I have never brought a tape measure to a thrift store, and I have never cared about the exact measurements of things. After about a year or two, my eye was sufficiently trained that I can just kinda tell if something will work or won't.
 

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Try shit on. If it looks good, buy it.

If you don't know what "looks good" is, look at pictures and try stuff on in stores. I have never brought a tape measure to a thrift store, and I have never cared about the exact measurements of things. After about a year or two, my eye was sufficiently trained that I can just kinda tell if something will work or won't.
Thanx for the response. I will do exactly that. I kinda know what to look for, just wanted to be sure.
 

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Thanx for the response. I will do exactly that. I kinda know what to look for, just wanted to be sure.
Yep. The best way to learn really is hands-on experience.
 

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