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How do you determine what size trenchcoat you are?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sarcissist, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. sarcissist

    sarcissist New Member

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    I'm male, 5'7" and about average weight (140lbs.) and would like a basic long double-breasted trench coat. Nothing too close-fit. I like room. What size should I be looking for? I have no idea what the specific numbers and letters mean. I was also looking for something like a Stafford brand. I'd go and try some on to see, but I'll be ordering something online for convenience.

    New to the whole 'clothes shopping' thing, as one can see.
     


  2. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Same size as your suit size.
     


  3. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    If you don't care about extra room, then this is a good strategy.
     


  4. sarcissist

    sarcissist New Member

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    Thank you both, although this is a sad admittance, I have never owned a suit. Probably the reason I am having so much confusion. All I've worn in life are regular shirts, jackets, pants, etc.
     


  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Your jacket size.

    Where are you that 140lbs is average?
     


  6. sarcissist

    sarcissist New Member

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    Well, jackets only come in S, M, L, XL, etc.

    Also - America. I remember at some point looking at the CDC's BMI chart, and for my height & weight, being in the normal range.
     


  7. ballmouse

    ballmouse Senior member

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    A suit jacket will come with your chest size. You can measure around your chest to get an estimate.
     


  8. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Go to a Marshalls or Burlington Coat factory and try on some sport coats and suits and find your size. Burlington has trenchcoats too.
     


  9. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Suit coat sizes correspond to the chest size of the wearer, not the measured size of the coat itself. So if you have a 38" chest, a size 38 suit coat should fit you. The chest of the coat will measure 40-42 inches, usually.

    Outerwear such as a trench coat, even when it is sized like suits (38, 40, 42, etc) is sized to fit over the suit coat that is over your chest. It could measure 44-46 inches. In S-M-L sizing you are probably a S.

    Best practice is to go to a store and try some trench coats on. If you will usually wear one with a suit or sport coat, make sure you have on one of those before you try on the trench.
     


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    that would not work.
     


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