If there’s one thing that comes up over and over again in my style lessons is FIT. Fit is king and guys are finally starting to realize that.
I probably told you a dozen times to take your shirt to the tailor for adjustments after you buy it. That’s great advice (and common sense) but, sometimes, the tailor can only do so much with it.
Enter the world of custom clothing.
You can custom make much more than shirts: suits, sports jackets, pants and even shoes. Sure, this may require a little more effort and a little more money out of your pocket… but in the end it’s well worth it.
I’m sure this happened to you many times: you check every store in town for the right shirt and you can’t find anything. All the shirts are either too big or too small. What do you do?
Answer: find a tailor that makes bespoke clothing.
Let’s take shirts for instance. Once the tailor has your measurement (waist, neck, arm length, chest), he’s ready to make you a unique shirt that fits you like a glove.
In the case of suits, things get a little more complicated. Suits are a big investment so it’s even more important that you have them bespoke.
Usually, when you make a custom shirt or a suit, you not only get to choose the fabric but also the details of that clothing item. For a shirt you might be able to decide on the fabric, the pattern, the collar, the cuff and whether or not you’d like to have a pocket.
How Do I Find the Right Tailor?
This is a critical question. You might not want the same tailor to do your suits as they would minor adjustments to the clothes you buy off the rack. The first task bears with it great responsibility while the other is easier.
You can take clothes you buy from the mall to pretty much any tailor for adjustments. But if you want a custom shirt or a suit you should find a higher end tailor that not only has great fabrics but he’s also known for his quality work.
Ways to find a good include searching the internet for local businesses and asking around. Spend some time researching to find out if that particular tailor is really good and to compare prices with other tailors.
Tailor visits have been around for centuries but, with the Internet, there comes a new option: to order bespoke clothing online.
I don’t recommend this for suits as they require more attention to detail and a good old fashioned 1-on-1 conversation to your tailor, so he knows exactly what you want.
But sites like tailorwork.com offer custom dress shirts with a process that takes place entirely online.The great thing about this site is that they offer a “perfect fit guarantee” which takes all the pressure from you.
You measure yourself, select all the shirt’s options and you place the order. Since it’s only a shirt and since they have all your measurements, the end result is just as good as if you personally went to a tailor. I’m really excited to see websites offering this option which saves everyone time, yet doesn’t make any compromises when it comes to quality.
What do you think about ordering bespoke clothes online?