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Everything You Need to Know About Tailoring Options for Men's Suits

July 12, 20232 min read

For centuries, men's suits have been a symbol of authority and excellence. Initially worn by European nobility in the 18th century, the suit has since become a staple in the modern gentleman's wardrobe. However, with the many options available in today's market, the act of buying a suit has become a daunting task. With terms such as “tailored", “made to measure” and “bespoke”, it can be easy for salespeople to deceive uninitiated customers.

In general, men's suiting options can be divided into four main categories:

  • Off-the-rack

  • Made to measure

  • Bespoke

Each option has its pros and cons, and it is essential to have a clear understanding of what each term means to make an informed decision.

  1. Off-the-rack suits are a product of the Industrial Revolution designed to meet the demands of the mass market. While they are readily available and convenient, they often fall short when it comes to fit and do not offer unique client measurements and considerations of posture and shape. However, off-the-rack suits are ideal for those who need a suit right away and do not require alterations.

    Photo of a rack with suit jackets in a menswear store.
  2. Made to measure suits are a step up from off-the-rack suits. They are created using pre-existing patterns, but alterations are made to fit the individual's measurements. This option offers better fit and customization than off-the-rack suits.

    Tailor measuring jacket suit on mannequin at fashion design workshop
  3. Bespoke suits are the ultimate in luxury suiting. They are custom-made to the client's specifications, with every detail tailored to the individual. The process is time-consuming and expensive, but the result is a suit that fits perfectly and is uniquely the client's own.

    Tailor Measuring Male Model in Atelier

In conclusion, the choice of men's suiting options depends on individual preferences and budgets. While off-the-rack suits are a convenient and affordable option, custom made to measure suits are a happy medium that offers both customization and affordability.

If you're looking for high-quality custom made to measure clothing, European Custom Tailoring is the perfect choice. We source fabrics directly from Europe's top brands, including Holland & Sherry, Loro Piana, Scabal, and Lanieri. Our experienced tailors provide a personalized fitting experience to create suits that fit perfectly and are uniquely yours. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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