How to select and order a bespoke suit – the eight golden rules

So you have decided to go down the route of buying a bespoke suit? Congratulations, you are clearly one stylish dude.

Now it is time to learn the eight golden rules of purchasing a tailored suit.


Rule 1: (Woollen) Fabric comes first

Make sure you choose a woollen fabric woven by a trusted supplier with a thread count of around 110 or 120. Don’t go for polyester or blended fabrics – they simply don’t perform as well as wool, they aren’t as comfortable and durable and they just don’t look good.


Rule 2: Be aware of what you are paying for.


Given the labour involved in producing a bespoke suit can be as much as 30 hours, if you get it made in the western world the price is going to be $1000 or more minimum. Anything less than that and it is being made offshore in a low-wage economy. There is nothing wrong with this per se, but just make sure if you are paying top dollar it is being made on site as claimed.


Rule 3: Pay attention to style.

Work out your preference – do you like a traditionally cut suit in a heavy fabric (English style) or a lighter, more modern Italian cut or style?

Italian cut suits tend to be more body hugging with allowances between the customers measurements and the suit minimised, where as British style suits aimed at an older market tend to make greater allowances between the customer’s measurements and those of the suit.

Rule 4: Buy when you are at your playing weight

If you are losing weight, on a fitness campaign or changing your body shape, then it is not the time to buy a suit. Once the suit is made you will have very minimal flexibility i terms of changing the dimensions. Perhaps better to use the suit as a reward for once you have reached your fitness goals and a weight and body shape you can safely maintain.


Rule 5: Get you pattern established and keep it

A good tailoring outfit will keep the pattern used to make your suit to make future orders easy. By all means if the shop offers multiple fittings to get sizing right, take up this offer, but if you get the fit right at the first fitting you should be fine.

Rule 6: Avoid short-lived trends

Huge lapels, shiny fabrics, unusual stylings – all these things should be avoided like the plague if you are shopping for a suit to last five or 10 years. This year’s hot style will be too odd to wear out of the house in two years time. Trust us on this – keep it simple and traditional.


Rule 7: Take care of your suits

Get them dry cleaning only when strictly necessary in the case of being stained or too sweaty. The dry cleaning does erode the integrity of the fabric, so its better to simply iron a suit to refresh it.


Rule 8: Keep your expectations reasonable

A good suit is not going to make the average guy look like George Clooney. It WILL add considerably to your visual appeal, confidence and sense of style, but keep your expectations in check.





Five reasons why it is better to buy a bespoke suit than off the rack

Nothing says class like a perfectly tailored bespoke suit.

The days of the ill-fitting off-the-rack suit are over. To stand in today’s world – whether it’s for work, socializing or dating – to be truly successful you need to embrace the trend towards bespoke suits. Modern male fashion demands no less.

Everything about a made-to-measure suit is tailored to your body shape and your preferences – from the fabric to the cut and the lapels and the buttons.

Thanks to the trend back towards tailored suits, more and more of the best tailors are offering a bespoke suit service to their clients.

And thanks to competition in the market and a higher volume of orders the price of bespoke suits is coming down every day.

Who knows? You might end up buying a suit for every occasion – weddings, funerals, socializing and for your work.

Here we go with our five reasons!

Reason One: Fit.
Everybody’s body shape is different and the reality is in the modern age one size fits all no longer cuts it. Modern styling demands a bespoke suit.

Reason two: Choice
Ever been shopping for a suit and each one you try there’s just something not quite right? Maybe they only have double breasted in your size or the arms are too short? Or the trousers? Well, thanks to the rise in bespoke tailoring, there are any number of tailoring companies that can make exactly what you need to your own demanding specifications

Reason three: Affordability
Thanks to the big increase in the number of tailors and clothing shops and online stores offering bespoke suits and tailored clothing, there is a whole range of pricing with bespoke suits available for as little as $400 or ranging right up to $4000 plus depending on the quality of the fabric, the amount of work required and the location of those doing the work. The bottom line is there is a price to suit anyone in the market for a tailored suit and at the bottom end it is readily comparable to what you’ll pay for something off the rack

Reason four: Fabrics

Bespoke suits are usually made from the best woollen fabrics on the market. The off-the-shelf manufacturers of suits simply don’t get access to the best fabrics. These are held back for the more discerning tailored suit markets.

Reason five: because you deserve it

Life’s too short to wear an ill-fitting suit. Get a bespoke suit that fits you perfectly and watch your confidence soar as you grab that new jobs, pay rise or hot new date.