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    Purchasing a suit/blazer/sport coat off of eBay

    When buying a suit/blazer/sportcoat off of eBay, which measurement should I be focusing on the jacket to determine whether it will fit me or not in the shoulders? Is it the shoulder to shoulder measurement or the pit to pit/chest measurement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by migui0323 View Post
    When buying a suit/blazer/sportcoat off of eBay, which measurement should I be focusing on the jacket to determine whether it will fit me or not in the shoulders? Is it the shoulder to shoulder measurement or the pit to pit/chest measurement?
    Shoulders come first and are non-negotiable. The pit-to-pit measurement is for the chest, not the shoulders. Make sure, though, that the pit-to-pit isn't too small for your chest, because it's harder for a tailor to make a jacket bigger than it is to slim it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by migui0323 View Post
    When buying a suit/blazer/sportcoat off of eBay, which measurement should I be focusing on the jacket to determine whether it will fit me or not in the shoulders? Is it the shoulder to shoulder measurement or the pit to pit/chest measurement?
    As mlstein mentioned, shoulder to shoulder most definitely. If it's not a listed measurement, I'll always ask (unless it's a brand and size I'm familiar with). A tighter or slightly looser chest won't be as noticeable (especially if you leave it unbuttoned) than shoulders that are too wide (or too narrow for that matter, but I feel wider is more noticable/unsightly).

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    An engineer replies

    Agreed that shoulder is more important than chest, but only by ~1in (yes I am an engineer). Percentage wise; chest is more exacting measurement.

    For example: I’m a 46 jacket (extra tall, if I were to go with classic sizing....so I appreciate the current chopped tail trend, b/c I can still make 46L work)

    For shoulder measurements, I’ve learned I’m looking for 20”.
    I can make 19.5” work
    I’ll wear a 21” shoulder but that’s pushing it.

    For chest, a size 46 = 48”
    I can get away with 47” (might not be able to button it closed), but not 46”.

    I will wear a 50”.. but rarely. If I really like the jacket and it’s a more casual jacket. Thinking about it; most of the time I wear 50” chest are summer weight jackets that are (a) casual and (b) loose for circulation (seersucker, etc)

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