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How loosely is a topcoat supposed to fit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I saw a topcoat I'd like to buy online, but I've never had any sort of overcoat before. The vendor measured the coat's shoulder and armpit width, and these correspond to the measurements of my favorite jacket, something made of polyester I put on against rain and wind.

    Would this be a good fit, or is a topcoat supposed to be even looser in the sense that it should be able to fit loosely over a jacket? I know a topcoat is supposed to fit nicely over a suit jacket, but I'm talking about a nylon/polyester type jacket for comparison where I've worn a denim jacket, a shirt, and an undershirt underneath.

    Is shoulder width a good basis for a topcoat's measurements?
  2. Kai

    Kai Senior member

    Aug 16, 2003
    A topcoat should fit loosely, so that it is comfortable when worn over a suit jacket.
  3. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

    Mar 10, 2006
    A topcoat or overcoat is one of the things I would just never buy online. The fit is so variable I just need to try it on to be sure it's right for me.
  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

    May 24, 2002
    Ideally, it should fit just so over the suit. The best fits replicates the fit of the suit underneath with waist suppression, etc.
  5. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Try on a suit jacket and then try on an overcoat in that size. It should fit. If is doesn't then go up and down a size as necessary.

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