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Versatility of a Belstaff Jacket and Question on fit (pics included)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by teddieriley, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Question on fit added to OP.
     


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    For fit I would go with no1. I too would not tie the belt. Great jackets though and I am sure you will get a lot of use out of it.
     


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    For fit, I pic #2. I was in the same boat when I recently bought my Belstaff Panther. I went with the more fitted size and have not looked back. I can't wear a jacket underneath but I can fit a non-bulky sweater. FYI, I am a 44R and I bought an M.
     


  4. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    For fit, I pic #2. I was in the same boat when I recently bought my Belstaff Panther. I went with the more fitted size and have not looked back. I can't wear a jacket underneath but I can fit a non-bulky sweater. FYI, I am a 44R and I bought an M.

    A medium? Are you sure you're even a 44R to begin with? I hear the Panther runs pretty slim in the first place. I don't even think I can get a M across my shoulders and I'm more of a 42-43R!
     


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    I was wondering about that too.
    I'm a 44 and I tried on an XL which felt a bit snug.
     


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    A medium? Are you sure you're even a 44R to begin with? I hear the Panther runs pretty slim in the first place. I don't even think I can get a M across my shoulders and I'm more of a 42-43R!

    Yep suprised the hell out of me! I wear a 44R as I have a 44.5 chest and 19 shoulders. I thought I was going to be at least an L but when I tried the panther in M in fit me how I wanted. The shoulders fit perfectly for me. My salesperson actually told me that the panthers fit large which is the opposite of what I read in this forum. I bought mine from George Greene in Chicago so I know that the coat is not a one off. I'll try to get a pic up today so that you can see the fit.
     


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    hangten Senior member

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    Here are some quick pics

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    potter AB Well-Known Member

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    For fit, I pic #2. I was in the same boat when I recently bought my Belstaff Panther. I went with the more fitted size and have not looked back. I can't wear a jacket underneath but I can fit a non-bulky sweater. FYI, I am a 44R and I bought an M.
    +1
    As it is a motorcycle jacket, the fit should be rather tight. It has not been designed to have a jacket underneath.
     


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    Gutman Senior member

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    Definitely #2. Bike jacket should be snug. Length looks fine, but maybe need to check that on the bike. Oilskin is outdoors only - It's not like a leather jacket in that regard.

    I am sure they are high quality, but like with any oilskin be careful not to leave it sitting wet after use - the cotton outer may shrink if it's left waterlogged. Then the lining becomes too long, and wicks up water into the sleeves and up the back. Nice.
     


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    Nice panther jacket. I am after one myself. Just looking for somewhere decent online to procure.
     


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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Thanks guys. Jacket looks good Hangten. Good slim fit, but you aren't restricted when you raise your arms or reach forward (like when driving)?

    I should probably point out I don't ride a motorcycle and have not ever, so the utility of this jacket as one would probably be lost on me. I just like the styling.

    It wasn't clear to me whether this style of jacket should be looser, generally, as outerwear so that I could layer more, or be more slim fitting. But looks like it should be slimmer.
     


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    Thanks guys. Jacket looks good Hangten. Good slim fit, but you aren't restricted when you raise your arms or reach forward (like when driving)?

    I should probably point out I don't ride a motorcycle and have not ever, so the utility of this jacket as one would probably be lost on me. I just like the styling.

    It wasn't clear to me whether this style of jacket should be looser, generally, as outerwear so that I could layer more, or be more slim fitting. But looks like it should be slimmer.



    The jacket is not restrictive at all partially due to the high armholes. I drive pretty aggresive too (one of my cars is an Evo 8). If the jacket fits in the chest, I think you should focus on the fit of the shoulders and sleeves as that can make or break the look. You might want to try a Medium [​IMG]
     


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    It fits well, I would not consider it very versatile. It borderlines chick coat and is a bit bold to be worn with too much.
     


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    baaah i want a belstaff panther so bad but i can't afford it!
     


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    I am in the same boat. I wear a 42 jacket and am between a L and XL. I'll probably stick with the large and limit my layers. What did you decide?
     


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