I also wear a 40r and wear large in all things spier. It blows my mind how someone could fit into a medium. So I guess it just depends on your build.i'm looking for some help with sweater sizing from those of you with more experience, hoping you might be able to provide some guidance. I wear 40r contemporary sc and suits at SM (which fit me perfectly), and the one medium thin sweater I have ordered from the store fits almost too perfectly, that is, form fitting while still (very slightly) loose in some areas. But, I feel like if I gain some weight the perfect fit might disappear. Also, with several shirts underneath other than short sleeve t-shirts it gets a bit complicated.
I'm looking at the chunkier sweaters (cable, aran, lattice), and my question is this: what are the consequences of going to a larger size (L)? If my chest measures 39.9 inches, is a 42.5 sweater too big, or will it still work if it's chunky and stretchy and will look a little looser? And how close to the measurement are the sweaters really made? I'm 6'1 with relatively long limbs, and 175 pounds. I like the (slightly) oversized look of sweaters when they drape well (lay or fall flat), especially when I see them on others, but with these thin sweaters, I feel like if their a bit big they get all wavy (horrible drape) and not look flattering at all.
Please I'm begging for some guidance here!