There’s no denying that buying a bespoke suit is an investment but when you consider that wearing a suit that’s been made to fit you and only you, will make you look taller, slimmer, fitter and younger – plus it’s likely to last a lifetime.
Buying an off-the-peg suit is easy: all you have to do is pop out of the office at lunch time, call in at your favourite menswear department and walk out with a brand new suit. However, ready to wear suits – even the most expensive ones – are cut from standard patterns and offer limited opportunities to add your own personal style.
Buying bespoke, on the other hand, offers so much more. Agreed bespoke suits are more expensive but nothing quite beats the confidence of wearing hand tailored garments that have been made to suit your exact size, shape and gait.
The bespoke process
Admittedly, if you’ve never bought bespoke before, the process can seem a little daunting. Choosing a tailor is the first step and although Savile Row is beyond most budgets, there are legions of great tailors providing bespoke tailoring throughout the UK – look no further than www.nortonandtownsend.com or if in doubt, ask for recommendations.
Even ordering a simple suit can get quite complicated as, unlike off-the-peg, your tailor will offer you the choice of hundreds of fabrics and styling options. Remember that your tailor will guide you through the process but it’s still a good idea to have some idea of what you want in advance. The internet is a great source of ideas and inspiration but if this is your first bespoke suit, it’s probably best to keep things simple.
Choosing the right cloth
Suiting cloth is available in a range of weights but as a general rule of thumb a mid-weight cloth is ideal for a suit that you’d wear for the majority of the year. Heavy-weight cloths are a tailor’s dream as the drape is fantastic but in reality will be far too warm for all but the coldest months. Lightweight cloths such as linen are ideal for keeping cool in hot summer weather and cashmere, although cashmere – considered to the most luxurious option – can look shiny. Again your tailor will advise you.
Know your suit style
The style of your suit is incredibly important and if you’re labouring under the illusion that the choice is limited to single or double-breasted then you need to think again. Single breasted jackets are by far and away the best sellers but when you take into account lapel size and width, pocket detailing, jacket length, waist and vent style or trouser width things can get a lot more complicated. This is where the knowledge and expertise of a bespoke tailor comes in and they will guide you towards the best suit style to suit your body shape and gait.
Buying bespoke is an unbeatable way to build your perfect suit and will ensure you get exactly what you want. Yes bespoke is more expensive than off the peg, but when it comes to handcrafted tailoring, made to fit you and only you, buying a tailor made suit is the only way to buy your perfect suit.