An important event is up and you’ve been invited. You’ve got a buff body and a nice, new haircut. Only one thing is missing – a perfectly tailored custom suit. But wait, you don’t have any experience in buying one.
Getting the perfect suit requires good collaboration between you and the tailor. But aside from finding the best tailor in town, here’s a list of to-dos to make sure you’re happy with the final product.
Learn the difference between made-to-measure and bespoke.
People tend to get confused with these terms, thinking both are the same. Truth is, they aren’t.
Made-to-measure tailors use standard patterns during production, tailoring all dimensions based on client’s specifications. The process may include multiple fitting sessions, with garments of varying sizes to ensure the right fit. The last step in the suit-making process would be fine-tuning of dimensions as necessary.
Bespoke tailors build the suit from scratch, cutting each pattern according to client’s exact size and shape. Since it involves a lot of measurements, making one can take a bit more time than made-to-measure suits. Bespoke suits are also the more expensive option. However, most people consider it as a good investment, considering you’re getting a wardrobe piece that’s uniquely designed just for you.
Stick to the classics.
Keeping up with the trend is not a crime, but bear in mind that all fads are temporary. A well-made classic suit can last you many years of fashion evolution. It will never go out of style and can easily complement other pieces of clothing.
If you do wish to follow the trend, make sure to not go over the top. A custom suit will look good no matter the style, as long as it has a good fit and carefully-sewn details. If you maintain a great physique and style wisely, you could still look good even after a decade of owning it.
Choose fabric and lining wisely.
When it comes to the perfect suit material, wool is king. This only means the good-old synthetic polyester shouldn’t be one of the options. Your tailor will lay down multiple options on the table, so choose a material you want to drape yourself in wisely.
In the market, there are a number of prominent fabric brands including Dugdale, Loro Piana, and Dormeuil. It pays to do a research yourself to learn the difference and choose what’s best. A good way to spot fabric quality is to inspect the material in sunlight. Note that a finished suit sometimes appears lighter than the samples.
The lining material is another essential thing to pay attention to. Keep in mind that it can add bulk and alter the feel of the suit. Speak to your tailor to get the best recommendations.
Decide your purpose for wearing.
What kind of suit do you have in mind? Is it a business suit, a casual suit, or a wedding suit? Discuss with your tailor and try to be as specific as possible. While a job interview suit doesn’t have much difference from an occasional suit, you may have special details in mind that you want to add for your purpose.
Trust your tailor.
Aside from your purpose and personal preferences in a custom suit, it’s also important to trust your tailor because they’re here to make you look good. While it’s important to voice an opinion, you could also listen to your tailor for an expert advice.