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What should the proper length of a peacoat be?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lsquare, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. lsquare

    lsquare Senior member

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    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but for what should a proper length be for a peacoat? Should it hit my thigh? My knees? Or at my waistline? Thanks.
     
  2. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Peacoats are usually the same length as a suit jacket, hitting at the end of the buttocks. I've seen some that are a bit higher though.
     
  3. lsquare

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    Peacoats are usually the same length as a suit jacket, hitting at the end of the buttocks. I've seen some that are a bit higher though.

    Near the end of my buttocks or my thigh in the front? Just slightly above the knees right?
     
  4. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Well, here's a picture of mine so you can see what I mean. They aren't slightly above the knees usually, unless you're referring to that 3/4 length one on BR's website or an officer's bridge coat. [​IMG]
     
  5. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    1" or so longer than a suit jacket.
     
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    That's not always the case though... like I said, some are shorter than that on purpose.
     
  8. lsquare

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    Well, here's a picture of mine so you can see what I mean. They aren't slightly above the knees usually, unless you're referring to that 3/4 length one on BR's website or an officer's bridge coat.

    [​IMG]


    The picture is kind of small. Do you have a larger one?
     
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    u need it perfect size, covering your but but above your knee. if its too short i think it looks tacky, if its too long it looks like your wearing a dress.
     
  11. Jovan

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    Um... so overcoats look like dresses? I don't follow your logic. And shorter peacoats can look pretty chic if you ask me, much like shorter suit jackets.
     
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    1" or so longer than a suit jacket.
    +1
     
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    Seems like an easy question to me. A peacoat should be exactly this long: [​IMG] One the same length as a suitcoat is just plain wrong and looks like you don't know what size you wear.
     
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    To be honest, that looks a little long to me, but it might just be due to the angle.
     
  15. lsquare

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    I just went to try this coat out at BR today:

    http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...687&pid=433370

    The peacoat is just slightly above my knee. It's about 10-13 centimetre above my knees. Is that too long? From the picture, it does seem like this is a extra long peacoat. It doesn't seem like in that pic, the jacket is about an inch below the waist.
     
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    Generally I would say about 1" longer than a suit jacket, but as Jovan said, a slightly shorter one can also look good. It depends on the individual and the style they're going for. Peacoats are also traditionally quite boxy and rather roomy, but a tighter and/or more tapered fit isn't inappropriate, as long as you don't go overboard.

    And yeah, iammatt's looks long to me, too. Could be the picture. But generally, I would rather have a peacoat 1/2-1" shorter than standard as opposed to 1/2-1" longer. To my eye, peacoats that are too long make one's legs look stumpy.
     
  17. lsquare

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    I just went to try this coat out at BR today:

    http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...687&pid=433370

    The peacoat is just slightly above my knee. It's about 10-13 centimetre above my knees. Is that too long? From the picture, it does seem like this is a extra long peacoat. It doesn't seem like in that pic, the jacket is about an inch below the waist.


    You know what guys? I just looked at the coat again and I noticed it said a three-quarter peacoat. I think that explains why it hits my thigh, though it's just ever so slightly (about 12cm) above my knees. Is this a unconventional length for peacoat?
     
  18. Despos

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    Yes, it is a stylized version of a classic
     

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