Shortening a Topcoat?

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  1. kiLLscaLLion

    kiLLscaLLion Senior member

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    I'm interested in purchasing this topcoat:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MARVELOUS-NWT-26...713.m153.l1262

    But the length is far too long for me...I'm looking for something that's around 40 inches long. My height is 5'8". Would it be too complicated for a tailor to shorten the topcoat?
     


  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    A tailor told me that a topcoat could be shortened easily. I was considering purchasing a coat that I felt was much too long, although it was designed to be worn extra long. I didn't buy it, thus no need for the alteration.
     


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    Consider that pockets can't be moved and you don't want them to be at knee level
     


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    Yes shorting it to 40" should be fine, but the vent may not come high enough.
     


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    Ive had it done many times-- provided you arent shortening an absurd amount, it works wonderfully.
     


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    I'm interested in purchasing this topcoat:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MARVELOUS-NWT-26...713.m153.l1262

    But the length is far too long for me...I'm looking for something that's around 40 inches long. My height is 5'8". Would it be too complicated for a tailor to shorten the topcoat?


    I had one shortened last year and it came out fine. The caveat about patch pockets is good and should be considered. A good tailor should have no trouble with this.
     


  7. kiLLscaLLion

    kiLLscaLLion Senior member

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    One more question: is a topcoat supposed to come down to my knees? A 44" topcoat reaches about an inch past my knees...
     


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    erdawe Senior member

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    Wear it where you're comfortable otherwise you won't want to wear it. Some people like to wear it at the length you describe, I prefer mine an inch or two above the knee... Some even like it shorter/ longer than either of these. Define your own rules!
     


  9. kiLLscaLLion

    kiLLscaLLion Senior member

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    Thanks for the advice.

    The topcoat is also 44" for its chest measurement, whereas my chest measures 36". This seems like a huge difference, yet the seller is advertising the coat as a size 36-38. Does anyone have any experience with topcoat sizing?
     


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    It may be tagged size 46 euro = 36 American suit sizing, and it's meant for a more traditional looser fit. I'd be very hesitant to say it would fit you at size 36 if you like it like the more modern fitted look. The coats designed to fit very generous, it looks like a piece that's not a current style, but possibly produce a while back, and maybe kept in storage or something. The lapels seem to date it a little.

    I'm a 38 chest and I feel comfortable with my topcoat measuring 21" acrosss for a good fitted look, but not certianly dior homme slim by any means. My personal opion would that it would be better for a size 38-39 (possibly slim 40), the shoulders just seem really wide for a 36... It's probably a beatifully constructed coat however. Personal opinion, if you like traditional fit this should be fine.
     


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    I have topcoats that are above the knee, but the coats I like and wear the most are below the knee. Below the knee has the practical benefit of providing more protection from bad weather and cold.
     


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    Wear it where you're comfortable otherwise you won't want to wear it. Some people like to wear it at the length you describe, I prefer mine an inch or two above the knee... Some even like it shorter/ longer than either of these. Define your own rules!

    Excellent advice! I'd also have a few people look at it on you at various lengths, since you're not sure about the optimal look for you. You probably don't want to end up with a peacoat, but it needs to look proportional to your height, length of leg, torso and so on, IMO. You can't necessarily rely on a tailor's advice for this.
     


  13. kiLLscaLLion

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    Thanks for the advice. I guess the search for a topcoat/overcoat continues...
     


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    I have topcoats that are above the knee, but the coats I like and wear the most are below the knee. Below the knee has the practical benefit of providing more protection from bad weather and cold.

    Definitely true. However, I've also noticed that longer coats can be a bit tricky in bad weather, as everytime you sit there is a longer tail to keep an eye on.
     


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