When looking to purchase that really great suit, we are confronted by a choice of the department store or boutique, offering a similar off the peg service with the occasional offering of alterations to customize the fit, or a tailor. A tailor does not necessarily mean made to measure, many offer off the peg with customized fit too, a good value compromise between a bespoke suit and the off the peg alternatives.
However, it is the ability to create a true bespoke garment that is the real selling point of visiting a tailor, and in comparison to the designer brands found in boutiques, the cost difference is minimal, it can in some cases be cheaper to go with the tailor. The experience is nothing like the department store of course, choose the style, choose the fabric, choose the lining, be measured, a perfect tailor made garment exactly as you want. The tailor can change the way a suit or garment hangs off you to even within the chosen style, ensuring that you get the precise look that you want. This is all a far cry from buying off the peg of course, and becomes more of an experience than a simple retail purchase.
The only thing that really matters though is, of course, what you end up with for your money. Going to a tailor rather than seeking out a designer brand suit will likely see you end up with a better fitting and more comfortable suit, made from higher quality fabrics that exudes quality like nothing else you own. Now, for most of us a tailor made garment is not the choice for every suit or garment we need, cost is always going to be a factor, but for that special, high quality, statement suit, then it is not such an expensive option. Compared to many designer brands, it’s on par or cheaper, for what will be a higher quality garment.
Each option has a place, and most of us will use department stores and boutiques all the time, but for that’s special item of clothing, what we should never do is think a tailor is not a viable choice, because it is, and you will love the clothes you get from taking that option.