Although the selection of ready-made suits in suit stores is really large, tailor-made suits are currently experiencing their renaissance. There is nothing strange in this, after all, such an outfit can fit on the figure like a second skin. A good suit is an essential investment for every man’s wardrobe. From improving your muscles to hiding a few extra pounds – good made-to-measure suits make it effortless to improve your appearance and increase your confidence. How to choose the perfect one for you?
Tailored suits – where to start?
If this is your first time buying a suit or you just never had a tailor made model, first of all, start by choosing a good, recommended tailor. Since such a purchase costs a lot, take someone with you who can actually help you.
It is ideal to wear a shirt that suits you. Then it is easier to measure and choose the color of the suit.
A tailor sewing made-to-measure suits will begin by measuring the circumference around your chest, armpits and shoulder blades horizontally, then record the measurement. The tape measure should not be too tight, but it should fit the body.
The next step is to measure the waist circumference at the level of the navel. This measurement may be the narrowest or the widest point of the waist, depending on the build.
Tailored suits are, above all, the right jacket. To do this, measure the length from the bottom of the collar, straight down the center seam, to where the required jacket length ends. It should be long enough to completely cover your bum, but the exact length will depend on the style you choose.
Tailored suits – perfect pants
A tailor sewing tailor-made suits will start by measuring the waist. To do this, he will measure your waist circumference horizontally, exactly where you want your pants waistband. Make sure the tape is comfortable and does not run over the belt; you should be able to place your index finger inside the tape.
The next step is to measure the inside of the leg. After that you need to measure the length of the pants from the lowest part of the crotch, keeping the centimeter taut until you want to end the pants. Take into account the fit you want to get above the shoe as this will affect the crotch height of the pants.
How to measure made-to-measure suits?
Start by trying on a jacket. First, make sure your jacket shoulders lie straight and look neat. It should fit snugly and there should be no excessive material or distortion on its surface.
Your jacket should allow buttons to be buttoned freely, but at the same time should not be too loose. After fastening the buttons, put your hand between your belly and the jacket. It should just fit comfortably there. The buttons on the jacket must neither hang sadly nor be stretched to the limit.
Check the length of the jacket. Put your hands down freely and bring them to the jacket. The jacket is longer than the sleeves? Then it’s probably too long. If it is shorter, it is a matter of taste. Many modern jackets are only a few centimeters shorter than the cuffs.
Tailored suits should have a perfectly matched jacket length. The jacket should reach where the base of your thumb touches your wrist. You should be able to see 1-2 cm of your shirt cuff.
Many modern suits offer shorter and longer jacket lengths, so as long as the arms fit snugly but the torso feels too long or short, you can change that.
Suit pants, especially in a made-to-measure model, should suit your taste and style. Remember that the cut in the trouser leg should be flatter, without too much slack.
The classic length of the pants should fit snugly on top of the shoe without touching the floor at the back and create soft creases at the front. More modern ideas include a tapered leg that should rest on the top of the shoe.
Tailored suits – benefits
Made-to-measure suits basically have all the benefits and only one downside. They are more expensive than ready-made models available in stores. They require additional fittings, so they also need to devote their own, sometimes very valuable, time. There are, however, many advantages to this. First of all, made-to-measure suits are perfect for less “dimensional” people, men who are very tall or short, with disproportionate build, with bones, etc. It is easy to fit pants and sleeves in them. Not everyone will fit the standard lengths available in stores, so it’s always better to choose something a little longer and adjust it perfectly by a tailor. This is especially true for special occasions such as, for example, wedding suits. Perfectly lying, they will be a real decoration of a man. Custom-made suits can mask a lot and emphasize the strengths of the figure.