When it comes to buying the best suit for you comes down to cost. Buying off the rack is the most economical route to take, but it is possible to find tailored suits for affordable prices, but is there really that much of a difference between the two?
Off the rack garments are just that, designed to a size and with specific fabrics, but this does not mean they lack quality. Far from it, although you can find very cheap, and lower quality, off the rack wear, you can also find incredibly well made garments in high quality materials with reasonable costs. However, an off the rack garment may be the right size, but we as human beings are not uniform in size, and while a specific size will fit reasonably well, there are always aspects that are not quite right. This can be a slightly short or long arm, inside leg or shoulder to shoulder, not really noticeable day to day, but as the wearer, you know it is there.
Made to measure eliminates this, the suit or garment is designed for your body, so the arms, inside leg, shoulder to shoulder and every other measurement is not just ‘about right’, it is right. This means that the made to measure garment fits perfectly, and it looks that it does too. The way the garment hangs, everything about the fit will be superior, and obvious to the wearer and anyone who sees it. It’s not just about the way it looks either, a made to measure will be a more comfortable garment to wear because its designed to fit your body properly, and that can be really important for something you wear daily.
Which route you choose depends on budget, time and availability, but with modern techniques, made to measure can offer great value for money and the benefits really are worth considering. Nothing looks as good as a well-tailored garment designed for you, it fits like nothing else does, and is definitely something everyone should consider.
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.