5 Tips for Buying a Tailor Made Suit
Whilst every man should own at least one suit, we would go one step further and say that every man should own at least one tailored suit. The reasons should be obvious. An off the peg or rack suit just isn’t going to fit you as well as a tailored suit is.
Tailored suits don’t have to break the bank either if you know what you’re looking for. We’ve done the hard work for you with our handy guide, leaving you to just go and get measured.
- You Need a Budget
Budget creep is a real problem so you need to know exactly how much you have to spend. It is all too easy to end up with a $1000 suit when you only wanted to spend $500 if you allow your tailor to sweet talk you.
Instead, spend a little time browsing online to see what your budget is likely to get you. From here, you’ll know whether it needs to be increased or whether it’s too big.
- Find Your Style
This is where it gets difficult. No two suits are the same. For this reason, you need to have a good idea of exactly what type of suit you’re looking for.
Will the suit be for general wear or a special occasion? If the former, a timeless 2pc suit with slim lapels, buttoned cuffs and a 2 button front is our go to of choice.
The colour itself is slightly less important but neutral is best. If in doubt, you can never go wrong with navy blue but one of various shades of grey can also work. A black suit shouldn’t really be on your list unless it’s for a funeral or a formal dinner.
Choice of fabric is also an important point for consideration. Cotton, linen and silk blends are the staples here but wool can also work depending on the look you’re going for. A heavier wool blend is also great for cooler environments where you may be in your suit all day.
We would probably leave tweed out of the mix unless you already own plenty of other suits.
- Know Your Trousers
Your tailor will be able to provide further guidance here but the trousers you go for are just as important as the jacket. The fit should follow the shape of your legs and the length should never be long enough to bunch up at your feet.
Just like the jacket, slim fit is the way to go.
- Alterations are Fine
If once your suit has been made, it doesn’t quite fit as you would like it to, don’t be afraid to request alterations. Speak with your tailor to see if there are any additional costs involved – there shouldn’t be, but check nonetheless.
The Perfect Suit
All that’s left is find a tailor who you would like to work with. There are many around the cities of Australia so you won’t be short of choice. Tailor made suits in Sydney are catered for by several well-known retailers who would be more than happy to help. Simply approach your tailor of choice for a consultation.
The right suit will have you feeling like a million bucks so don’t settle for second best.