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Sleeve length for overcoat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by agent.5, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. agent.5

    agent.5 Well-Known Member

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    Should the sleeve length of an overcoat the same as a suit jacket or should it be longer. If longer, how much longer?
     
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Typically it should be past the shirt cuff by a bit up to an inch or so (depending on where you have your cuffs), so that it will overlap gloves if you wear them and won't allow them to pull out and then bunch up. This ensures no gaps for wind to get in up your sleeves and chill you.
     
  3. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    No more than an inch longer than the sleeve of a suit jacket.
     
  4. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Overcoat sleeves are longer than suit jacket sleeves. An overcoat's sleeves should be just long enough so that your suit jacket sleeves remain covered when you are moving your arms around.
     
  5. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Necrobump so y'all know I did a search before asking... Is there a more 'accurate' guideline for coat sleeve length, i.e. to base of thumb (1st joint)?
     
  6. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    although an overcoat has style, its a garment meant for protection.
    so it must be much longer than the suit sleeve. at least 2" longer.
    if you show 1/2" shirt sleeve,then that would make the o'coat 1 1/2" longer than the shirt sleeve.
    but some folk wish something longer to over lap the gloves.
    a good idea would be to wear your gloves at the fitting in order to make the right decision.
     
  7. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    although an overcoat has style, its a garment meant for protection.
    so it must be much longer than the suit sleeve. at least 2" longer.
    if you show 1/2" shirt sleeve,then that would make the o'coat 1 1/2" longer than the shirt sleeve.

    but some folk wish something longer to over lap the gloves.
    a good idea would be to wear your gloves at the fitting in order to make the right decision.


    Thanks for the advice, I'll start with this and see how it looks. Btw, I wouldn't have thought of wearing gloves at the fitting, but it does make a lot of sense.
     
  8. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    although an overcoat has style, its a garment meant for protection.
    so it must be much longer than the suit sleeve. at least 2" longer.
    if you show 1/2" shirt sleeve,then that would make the o'coat 1 1/2" longer than the shirt sleeve.
    but some folk wish something longer to over lap the gloves.
    a good idea would be to wear your gloves at the fitting in order to make the right decision.


    +1. I originally had a coat tailored to a good inch past my suit sleeve. It still felt too short, so I had it lengthened to around my first thumb joint. Works well with gloves.
     
  9. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Thanks for the advice, I'll start with this and see how it looks. Btw, I wouldn't have thought of wearing gloves at the fitting, but it does make a lot of sense.

    You should always try things on the way you intend to wear them.

    For example if it's a fall/winter jacket that I'll know will be worn with a sweater underneath I try it on that way. An overcoat that gets worn over a jacket gets tried on that way.
     
  10. Lear

    Lear Senior member

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    I'm throwing in a quote from Udeshi on AAAC. Not my words:

    Edit: To add Skyfall pics:

    Then we have these. Have included more than a single pic, to show it ain't just a case of being caught at the wrong angle:

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    Lear
     
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  11. Mark La Rosa

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    I personally like to show a little of the shirt cuff even when I'm wearing an overcoat.
    Do you think that's completely wrong? It does look nice.
     
  12. snappinnecks

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    My overcoat reaches to the base of my thumb. Works well when paired with gloves.
     

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