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How do I determine a suit's size?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by 5thape, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. 5thape

    5thape New Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I've recently tried to losing weight and putting more thought into what I wear. I read an article over the weekend about thrifting and how to tell if a suit is well-made. Today I decided to stop by my local Goodwill and I found a vintage Southwick suit in excellent condition. It's amazing how it immediately it stood out to the rest of the suits just by touching it. It has an old, musty smell but nothing a good airing out and dry cleaning won't get rid of. The tag said $15.99 but when I went to check out, the scanner said $13.99 so the lady at the front just lopped the original price in half and I walked out paying only $8 for it!

    It doesn't fit right now but it's feasible if I get down to my goal weight. I know my current suit size but how do I determine what size the suit is?
  2. pendragon

    pendragon Senior member

    Oct 2, 2007
  3. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Jul 22, 2006
    chicago suburbs
    your chest that is, when you get down to your target weight.
  4. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

    Feb 1, 2009
    I think he's asking what size the suit is not his size.

    There should be a tag in the pocket often.
  5. jbernard

    jbernard Senior member

    Mar 22, 2012
    There is usually a tag in the right inside pocket. If not you would have to measure the chest if the suit.
  6. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Now you have bought the thing, the manufacturer's idea of the size does not matter. What matters is whether you can fit it! There maybe a tag in the right in-breast pocket but fit can depend on cut so it is no more than a guide.
  7. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Senior member

    Mar 3, 2009

    +1, Even within the same brand families the size tag might be irrelevant. An example of this is I'm a 38 in Ralph lauren Purple Label, but a 40 in Ralph Lauren Black label is tight on me. An even more extreme example is that in Tom Ford (Zegna) i range from 46-50 (US 36-40) depending on what cut it is, Brioni same thing except a bit less extreme 36-38 for that one. Your best bet is to measure it if you are planning on losing weight up till the point when it fits and go a bit below that as its always easier to take things in as opposed to taking things out

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