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What is the difference between suit sizes by number and S/R/L?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jaliu, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. jaliu

    jaliu New Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    What does the size number part affect and what does the s/r/l part affect? from what I understand, the chest size impacts the length of the shoulders, sleeves, suit, waist etc.(so two shorts of different size numbers will still have different lengths) but what does short/reg/long impact? will it impact the waist?

    my suit sleeves are short, suit waist is tight and pants (came as a set) are way too tight. If I get the next size up, 38S (it's a 36S right now and they don't make 36R) can I alter the shoulder width/suit length if too long? which suit should I get
  2. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Suits size is chest based. S /R/L is length. Length of torso. Sleeve length can be adjusted if the difference isn't too huge.

    Things like shoulders are more based on the suit. Some companies make wider shoulders. Some smaller.A one size change in suit doesn't tend to lead to a huge difference in the shoulder size.

    Waist is governed in by the style of the jacket. In part by the drop. The tag will say what the drop is.

    Normally suits are drop six. That means a 36 comes with 30 pants. But drop can be a little lower or it can be higher.

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