10 Tips for Buying a Made-to-Measure Suit

A tailored suit that has been made just for you, gives you the confidence to walk into any social situation and know you exude confidence. To help you look your best, here are 10 tips for buying a made to measure suit.

Made to measure suits

1. Classic Colours for Versatility
If this is your first tailored suit we would recommend choosing a classic colour like navy, black or grey. This will allow you to look great for a number of occasions and the flexibility to create a number of looks from one suit.

2. Budget Wisely
Determine your spending limit and explore pricing options. Remember, a made-to-measure suit is an investment designed to last.

3. Find the Perfect Fit
Each tailor has a signature cut and creates a block for their suits. Clean lines that complement your body and allow natural movement are key. Your tailor will be able to advise on customisations that will look the best for your shape and height.

4. Fabric Matters
Choose a lightweight wool for year-round wear. Thicker wools, flannels, or tweeds are ideal for winter, while breathable cotton, linen, or silk blends keep you cool in summer.

5. Lapels
Notch lapels are standard, while peak lapels add a touch of personality. Opt for slimmer widths for a modern look or wider widths for a bolder statement.

6. Button It Up
Two-button jackets are a classic and timeless look. Skip three-button styles, and reserve single-button jackets for formal occasions.

7. The Shoulders
Padded shoulders give off a more powerful image and are therefore perfect for the boardroom. Soft shoulders with little to no padding are perfect for the warmer months though, as they are more comfortable and give you an increased range of motion.

8. The Trouser Break
This at the end of the day is a personal preference. The more traditional approach is to have the rear trouser hem touch the beginning of the shoe sole, which is known as a full break. For a more modern and fashionable approach then go for little to no break. This detailing is especially important when ordering mens wide trousers.

9. Know Your Body Type
Avoid a suit that is too slim if you’re tall and skinny. If you are on the shorter side you should go for slim trousers with a minimal break to add height, and those with a muscular build should avoid anything with padded shoulders or a cropped cut.

10. At The End Of The Day, It’s All In The Details
When buying a made to measure suit you’ll get to choose from a range of details, which can really take your suit to the next level. Linings, button colours, stitching and vent choices can all be made, so don’t be afraid to discuss with your tailor.

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