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So, you’re exploring the world of custom suiting and words like ‘bespoke’, ‘inseam’ and
For the uninitiated, the terms made-to-measure and bespoke may look (and sound) like
The chances of the average bloke wandering into a suit store and fitting something straight off the rack is nil to none unless you resemble a mannequin or a male model. This is because a suit’s fit
Whilst broadly perceived as a luxury (read money pit), customisation is actually an
But made-to-measure or bespoke? Beyond time and money, here we explain the perks of each so you can make an informed decision.
A made-to-measure suit
With made-to-measure, you’ll also be able to inform the way the suit fits around your body based on
In contrast, the fit of a bespoke suit
Made-to-measure and bespoke cross over
As part of your fabric selection process, also think about what the purpose of the suit is. If it needs to be a hard-wearing 9-to-5 option that’ll take you from the boardroom to the bar and back again, opt for coarser fabrics like pin-dot and twill that are more robust and can withstand high-frequency wear. Also take season into consideration, looking at lighter options such as linen blends in Summer and heavier flannels in the cooler months.
When selecting fabrics, you’ll also be able to choose your design details
Don’t forget, restraint is key and while lurid purple lining might seem like a good idea
For the time poor, made-to-measure suiting is your best bet. Only requiring a fit for initial measurement, one fit for any adjustments and a final fitting once
On the flip side, bespoke is a more
Made-to-measure and bespoke are both effective customisation methods. Whilst bespoke can be the ultimate in terms of personalised craftwork and a true sartorial investment, made-to-measure achieves an incredible result without the price tag of the former.
The price-point for made-to-measure can be as low as
Our final thought: be cautious of any tailor or clothier that offers a bespoke suit for under $3,000. The very term ‘bespoke’ gets bandied around fairly loosely and you’ll want to be sure