Every man needs to own a great suit. There are no ifs, and, or buts about it. But as any suit neophyte can attest, standing in the suit section of any store can be a daunting and overwhelming experience.
A great suit can single-handedly make you feel sophisticated, look smart, and exude confidence. A no other type of suit is worthy to be considered a rite of passage than a bespoke suit. From important business functions to everyday gentlemanly duties, a bespoke suit is the ultimate experience in tailoring and luxury.
A bespoke suit is an investment that must be done right. To that end, here’s our comprehensive guide to splurging on a bespoke experience.
1. Suiting its purpose
For the uninitiated, a suit may appear a simply a suit. But a bespoke suit is more than just a collection of fabrics and garments. Knowing the suit’s purpose will dictate the final result of your tailor-made suit. As suits are a wardrobe staple, they can be dressed to suit any occasion.
From special events or simply the work environment, there’s definitely a suit for fashionable occasions and everyday places where you simply wish to stand out.
2. Fabric matters
The type of fabric you select for your suit will go a long way in how style-forward and tastefully designed your suit can be. It’s important you understand the veritable suit fabrics available for your tailor-made solution.
Doing a little research will ensure you select the right fabric that will be comfortable to wear for three seasons.
The list of suit fabrics below are made of sturdy material and comfortable for all occasions:
- Worsted wool: a highly adaptable fabric to temperature change
- 120s: a three-season fabric made of lightweight wool
- Mohair: a silky, three season fabric typically mixed with wool
- Flannel: a soft woven fabric of varying fineness and weight
Those looking to buy their first bespoke suit should stick to these key fabrics. Not only are they extremely versatile, they are also ideal for two- or three-piece suits.
3. Know your budget
Much like anything else, your purchasing power will have a drastic effect on your bespoke suit. Knowing how much you’d like to spend will dictate the quality of the fabric and the suit’s construction. Bespoke suits by nature run the gamut when it comes to pricing. Some can cost upwards of USD $50,000.
When accounting for your budget, just remember that you’re buying into an investment, and the price should reflect that investment.
4. Learn the language
When it comes to bespoke suits, knowing how to speak tailoring lingo is key to finding the right fit. Communicating effectively is helpful for any desired alterations and to ensure you get exactly what you want out of the alteration process. Research is essential to talk the part, and will go a long way in helping you look your best.
Understand the differences between a relaxed and light Italian, the more structured and highly tailored British style, and the single vented, straight silhouette American style. There are nuanced details to consider when it comes to tailoring, so it helps know the language.
5. Relationships matter
Much like a barber, doctor, or dentist, the relationship you build with your tailor lasts a lifetime. So it’s important you find the right fit when identifying the perfect tailor for your bespoke suit needs.
Asking yourself some key questions such as “Is this firm long-term?” or about their tailoring past will go a long way in determining if they’re the perfect fit for your customized suiting needs.
As every tailor has a unique way of cutting and making suits, it pays to do your homework to find a reputable tailor who will look after your suiting needs for a long time.
A final word on “The Suit”
A correctly fitting suit is enough to make any man feel like they’re ready to take on the world. Style is all about fit. And when you want your clothes to fit their best, there’s no better choice beyond the bespoke suit.
Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.