Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Renwick, Oct 14, 2002.
Does anyone know what the Comme des Garcons suit lize L equates to in US size?
A lot of CdG pieces are meant to me worn oversized, especially their patterned shirts, and the suits are generally generously boxy around the body and with rather short arms, sort of the anti-Neapolitan cut, if you will (check out the suits Beat Takeshi wears in his movies, for example.) An L in a CdG I would generally equate as an XL American, though I have seen M CdG shirts which I would safely put at an XL.
Well I mean suit size. I wear a size 40 suit. Would a size L CdG suit be too big or would it be too small.
These are the measurements:
The approx. jacket measurements are:
20 1/2" shoulders (seam to seam)
24" chest (underarm to underarm)
17 1/2 " sleeve (underarm to cuff)
34" length (back collar to hem)
What suit size would this be?
I'd say a 44 or 46L. Just measure one of your own suits that's well fitting and compare against that.
Take LA Guy's advice though - CDG items are meant to be worn oversized - if you're usually an L, go for the L. If you're usually an M, go for an M. A suit that's sized with simple letters is NOT meant to be well fitting.
Those measurements sound like a size 58 suit to me (24" chest x 2 + 10), albeit with short arms. (As LAG said, that's a CdG trademark.)
As to a general size guideline, here is generally what I think is meant by S, M, L, XL.
CdG oversized, but that's how they're supposed to be worn. Unlike, say, Tom Ford's idiotic new YSL collection, they don't pretend to size according to standard conventions.
I really like a lot of CdG pieces. Unfortunately (or rather, fortunately), I have a relatively slender physique and longish arms, and CdG stuff usually makes me look like I jacked a short, fat man. I've noticed that a lot of Japanese men, besides being rather short, also have disproportionally short limbs, and have always wondered whether Japanese designers (Yamamoto is another example) design with that physique in mind.
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