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Just got my first one and was wondering if it is too big?
Basically, it doesn't look anywhere near as big as Jimmy's in Quadrophenia but is bigger than I usually wear for a coat/jacket.
There is plenty of room at the sides and front and I have been told that is the way it should fit. Is that correct?
Sorry for the silly question but thought I would ask!
You need to remember the Parka was designed to fit over a lot of combat gear and therefore was made bigger than the chest size stated. When worn over normal clothes the parka does appear to be very roomy. I never wear my parka zipped up and although bigger than any normal jacket or coat you buy it hangs off the shoulders like it should. I don’t know what size you are but I’m only 5’9” with 40” chest and have a size small M51 which fits perfect for the shape it is. However I would say that have 3x M51 parka’s all size small and everyone is a slightly different size which I guess is down to the quick mass production of producing them.
Mine hangs off the shoulders as it should and on the arms, so I think I have it right.
I was a bit worried as the front has plenty of room, as does the sides. Your explanation makes perfect sense!
Glad to be help. If the arms are the right length and fits across the shoulders you're on the money my friend..
I always liked (and still do) my parka to be slightly big. Its means you can put a few layers on under it when out on the scooter if the weather is not so hot.
Hi mate. Yeah, it sounds like your German one. Has the same sort of lining!
I love it! I have wanted one for ages. Sad but true. haha
Ok so not quite the same but running in the same clothing-based theme but has anyone got any ideas of where to get some decent mod sunnies?
Looking for a pair not dissimilar to (I think) Foxton's very slim sunnies on the front of the Beat Surrender case. Apologies if I have got that wrong. But yeah. Anyone any ideas?
I was after some wraparounds and found them on E-Bay.
That might be your best bet mate!
Chris said it, the parka was used to wear over combat gear. I got the information on internet pages to buy one size smaller that your general size for coats so you will ahve also space enough. But what shall I say I'm 168 cm high and small so I need special changes with the smalles size....But it is just used to wear for scootering and winter.
Parkas don't fit!
My daughter takes the piss out me; head to foot in slim fit and then in the winter stick a massive baggy green parka over the top!
Seen young lads at the footy this winter in very slim fit designer parkas.
My dad brought two original parkas back from Korea with him and gave them to two of his mates (window cleaners). He comments that my parka is shite in comparison. I never handled one of the true original 1951 Parkas but I will take is word on it!
I have a medium m51 parka with a liner,i'm 5ft 11 and have a 38inch chest,it's a little bit to big for me but I prefer it that way.I only wear it when i'm riding my scooter,so i can wear plenty of layers and still have enough room to move...
The sizing on Parkas is a tricky one, they always come up so much larger. A mate of mine even had his taken in around the sides which does help. There is a site called Fishtailparkas that explain why they are so big, especially if like me you are slim. Believe you me you'll come to love and treasure it, stick things on it then take them all off again, you name it. You'll never get rid of it though. Mine is an extra small and it's still huge. All the best mate.