Ever wondered why Italian clothes have a reputation for being small? 9/10 times it's due to a store mis-labellling the product or you've missed an important detail on the sizing label. In all retailers defence, talking to clients about boring matters like imperial/metric conversions is not going to make us any money and is more likely to be met with a blank look as you walk out the door, bagless.
Talking to clients about boring matters like imperial/metric conversions is not going to make any money and is more likely to be met with a blank look as you walk out the door, bagless
Metric sizes often feature another figure, the drop. Simply put, this number will be a single digit (4, 6, 7 or 8) and the higher the number the slimmer the garment relative to it's chest size. It can also be a good indication of why you've jumped a size. For example, I wear a 48cm drop 7 but would need a 50cm drop 8. Many people prefer to jump a size and go for a 'higher' drop because drop 8's often feature slimmer lapels and shorter length jackets.
My point with all this is just to say that you need to think metric and not try to force a metric garment into an imperial paradigm. Also, don't memorise your size and walk around saying 'I'm a 54, Drop 7, Long" because all that specificity is just going to limit your options. In the same way you walk into a jeans shop thinking you're about a 34" waist, yet fully understanding that from shop to shop you could vary a bit. Think "I'm a 54" and rely on staff to go from there. If you want a ballpark metric size to start with; measure your chest and divide the number by 2. Start there.
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