Is it possible to find a slim fitting vintage pea coat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by FMacDonald, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. FMacDonald

    FMacDonald Member

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    I recently ordered a 1968 kersey wool pea coat from Vintage Trends, after hearing much praise for the history and quality of the garment etc etc. At 5' 11" and a medium, athletic build (suit size 40R), I ordered a coat with the following measurements:

    Chest: 40
    Arm: 37
    Length: 35

    Annnnnnd it fit terribly. The chest was loose, length was about an inch too long, arm sleeves were positioned so that I had a LOT of bunching if I lifted my arm to be perpendicular to my body, and so on. Overall, a boxy fit that looked extremely awkward.

    I returned the jacket with no problem, but was only able to get a credit voucher. Here's my quandary... Is there any way I can find a slim fitting pea coat on Vintage Trends? I'd like to purchase the Schott "Slim Fitting Wool Peacoat" but obviously can't let a $160 credit go to waste. I could always sell the credit voucher on eBay, or use it to stock up on vintage Pendleton flannels.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. cfrp

    cfrp Well-Known Member

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    If your chest is an actual 40 measured I wouldn't order tag size 40. More like 36. But that's something you are going to have to do research on. I bet if you measured the actual chest on that 40 size vintage it would be something like 44" or something.

    Vintage coats are boxier. It has to do with the cut and the material. It's a much stiffer material (kersey) so it does look a bit boxier vs todays newer blends.

    So you can try sizing down and see how that goes. You have the credit anyways, and vintage is always going to be the best built.
     
  3. FMacDonald

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    Thanks for the response! I'll try sizing down to a 36 or 38 and seeing how it fits. With the 25% off code I should be able to get a decent vintage coat and have it tailored for less than $250.

    Cheers!
     
  4. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    The guys who praise those coats do so because of the history and authenticity, not because of the fit. They fit like boxes. If you size down, they'll just fit like smaller boxes. The waist will still be about the same size as the chest. Look in the Mega Peacoat thread. You'll see what I mean. The only way to get a slim fit is to have it tailored (or buy a different coat).
     
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  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    I agree with Vinny. Older utilitarian peacoats (or duffle coats for that matter) are boxy. They were designed for functionality and not fashion. Functionality, as an example, generous room for one or more thick wool sweaters under the coat.
     
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