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MEGA PEACOAT THREAD - 61 threads merged - all Peacoat questions HERE

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by ruzzi, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. oso101

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    So just to clarify, the coat in question at Vintage Trends is a 34R, but you think I would probably be better keeping an eye out for a 34S? I'm just under 5'8", and the 34R coat has a length of 34" according to the site, which would hit about mid-thigh on me, a few inches below the buttocks.

    Thanks again for being such a wealth of useful information!
     
  2. EdWn

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    Bump. Last day to return is coming up.
     
  3. sincere1983

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    Is there someone who can help me with purchasing the Rugby Peacoat?

    I live in the Netherlands and I am not able to purchase it via the internet !

    PLEASE can someone help me out as they have a sale now (25% off) and I want to buy it in a Medium !

    Please? Anyone?
     
  4. clarinetplayer

    clarinetplayer Senior member

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    The 38R Sterlingwear "spec" peacoat arrived today. Now that I can compare it with a vintage coat that I received yesterday, the color of the Sterlingwear is definitely black. The melton is not nearly as pliable as the Kearsey wool. This 38R is a tad longer than the vintage. The p2p measurement is 18.25 inches. (I think I have discovered how to measure this correctly on the coat!) In the pic, I'm wearing a wool sweater underneath, and it is not restricting. I am disappointed that in the (reverse?) fleece lining, there are some thread fragments sticking out. Pilling? On the 40R, that I returned a few days ago, the lining was in perfect condition.

    Without measuring, I would say that the vintage is a bit more slender in the middle than the current "spec" coat. But, I would say that the "spec" is more slender than the "Authentic". The sleeve covers my wrist.

    The "spec" has an inside button such as found inside a DB suit. The vintage does not have this. Other than the one spot where the fleece lining is not smooth, this is a well constructed, warm coat.

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  5. nathanl

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    OK, so I'm about the exact same size as you in height and chest (maybe a 35 chest) and I have a 34R as well (in fact I looked at that very coat) - it fits me just fine - it's not to big or to long. The only thing to watch out for with that coat, and why I didn't buy it, is the sleeve length. They appear to be shortened and were definitely too short for me. If they measure OK for you, then I think the rest of the coat will fit you fine.

    Here's another one I looked at - the response I got was it was in perfect condition (they compared a couple for me), but again, the sleeves are shortened and about the same as the one you're looking at: http://www.monstervintage.com/Vinta..._s_Military_Naval_Pea_Coat_X_Small_26626.html
     
  6. Peacoat

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    I don't really have a frame of reference of whether someone needs a short or regular. A peacoat should hit just below the buttocks, probably within an inch or so. I am out of town without access to any of my pea coats, so I can't give an exact measurement. If a 34R hits just about mid thigh on you, that is too long--maybe 4 to 6 inches below the buttocks.
     
  7. krazedout

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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question - I have a sterlingwear authentic in size 38R and 40R. My chest size measures 41".

    If I have to strain slightly to button the top button on the 38R, does that mean it is too small? I am able to hug myself, but it does feel a tad snug whenever I pull my arms back to put my hands in the pockets.

    Would greatly appreciate your advice on the fit!

    Thank you.
     
  8. Peacoat

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    With what you have told us, I would say the 38 is too small for you. If it feels too tight, it is too tight. Plus, if you are in a cold climate, you will need a sweater under the coat. The extra material under the coat would only exacerbate the problem.
     
  9. aspasp

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    For J Crew what size should i get? I'm a 36R. 15 inch neck and 32 inch sleeve
     
  10. lexleung

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    does the j.crew bayswater peacoat fit TTS? Thanks!
     
  11. lexleung

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    ..Also can you wear it unbuttoned or does it look awkward?
     
  12. SirGrotius

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    I'm the same size and went with a Small. It's fine and I can wear a sweater underneath. Keep in mind it won't look necessarily slim, as it's still more of a boxy cut.
     
  13. dococ121

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    I am looking for a U.S Army Surplus Navy Peacoat, but not sure where to find one online. I have looked at ebay and they don't really have anything in a 46r. I have looked at sterlingwear. I was wondering if I could find that cheaper at on another site.

    Thanks
     
  14. krazedout

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    Thanks for the fast reply peacoat. :) The tightness only occurs when I try it on with a sweater - I was thinking of only buttoning the bottom 2 buttons if I had to size down.

    Here's a pic of me in the 40R. What do you guys think? Size down or no?

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    (EDIT: Fixed the images)
     
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  15. sincere1983

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    Hi there,

    Are there any people who have the Classic Wool Naval Pea Coat with Leather Trim 740CE?

    And can they upload some fit-pictures with sizings?

    Looking forward to a reply.
     
  16. Peacoat

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    Welcome to the Forum.

    You will be looking a long time for an Army peacoat. All peacoats since the beginning of time have been issued by the Navy.

    If you want an official used navy peacoat, you can try ebay, or Vintage Trends in the military section. But first read my article, which has a link in my signature line below.
     
  17. aspasp

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    I'm deciding on a Sterling peacoat. If I get it tailored anyways, is there a difference between the authentic and the navigator?
     
  18. clarinetplayer

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    Today, I picked up my new 1949 vintage Navy pea coat (38R) from the dry cleaners. A few days ago, when it arrived, I was mightily impressed. Now that it is cleaned, I am more so. This Kearsey wool is amazing. The coat is not thick, but the wool is very dense and blocks wind perfectly. I cannot believe that this coat is 62 years old; it looks and feels like it is brand spanking new. There's not one tear or defect on the wool anywhere.

    The mid section is more slender than a current issue Sterlingwear coat. The coat length, top of the collar to the bottom is 32 inches. Sleeves are 33. There are two inside pockets.

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    Not sure why I did not button the bottom right. It would have showed the shape of the coat better. :embar:

    About three inches up the sleeve from the wrist is a double band of stitching.

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    The feel and look of the wool is smooth and lovely. This is a more true appearance of the midnight blue color. It looks nearly black. The first photo in this post looks much more blue than it really is.

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  19. breakHARD77

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    I have a few questions for Peacoat, clarinet, Booga, tycoon, or anyone else who can help:

    (1) Peacoat, this question is specifically for you. I recently ordered a 36R Sterlingwear Spec peacoat, and it's currently en route to my house. However, judging by clarinet's pictures (and various posts in this thread), the vintage peacoats found on vintagetrends.com appear to be less boxy than the Spec (plus, I'm not a fan of the "suit-like" shoulders of the Spec, as was previously mentioned in this thread). Thus, I'm thinking about taking a shot on a 36 or 38 from vintagetrends. I know I want a 6-button, and you noted in your post on TheFedoraLounge that your 1949 coat (with the NAVAL CLOTHING DEPOT tag) has the nicest finish. With that in mind, should I be looking for kersey wool coats that have the NAVAL CLOTHING DEPOT tag on them? Anything else I should watch out for besides making sure that there is no moth damage?

    (2) I find that sleeves are usually a smidge too long for me. Does this mean that I should order a 36S or 38S rather than the R? Do the S's and R's only refer to the length of the sleeves?

    (3) I'm a little unsure about buying a vintage peacoat since they're that midnight navy color. Do you guys find that it becomes more difficult to match clothes because it is that midnight navy shade rather than gray or black?

    By the way, I'm 5'9 and 1/2, 165 pounds, and my chest measures 38" or 39" (depends on the day) at the widest point when I inhale. My waist size is 31.

    Any responses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, all, for your great knowledge!

    - EDIT -

    My Spec just came in, and as I feared, it seems too boxy on me, making me look like a football player. Could it be that I'm actually a 34...?

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  20. clarinetplayer

    clarinetplayer Senior member

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    Peacoat has written that Melton wool replaced Kearsey wool in 1980. Do read his report on vintage pea coats: www.thefedoralounge.com
    Go to "outerwear". His report is near the top--a "sticky" entitled "Peacoat Dating".

    His research and knowledge about this subject is amazing. This is a must read.

    As for sleeve length, any good tailor can make adjustments.

    As for the midnight blue color, it almost looks black. The photos I posted make it look much, much more blue than it really is. The last photos, the close ups of the wool, are pretty true to the actual color.

    I ordered a 38R Spec. Comparing it to the 1949 vintage:

    Spec is black; '49 is dark, dark, dark midnight blue
    Spec uses melton wool; '49 Kearsey
    Spec a bit more boxy in the mid section; '49 slightly more slender.
    Spec has satin and fleece lining; '49 is all satin. Due to the density of the wool, it doesn't need the fleece.
     
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