Every man needs at least one elegant, high quality suit. Whether it is for work or a special occasion, we all need one suit that sets itself apart from the rest. The funny thing is that most guys who shop for that quality suit will usually rush to high end boutiques and purchase the suit for its brand name rather than its quality.
Do not get me wrong, because I love Boss, Cerrutti and Zegna, but you can buy a tailor made suit that really fits, for the same price or less. If you are worried about not being trendy enough, just cut out a magazine picture and let the tailor duplicate the style you are looking for. Goods tailors are usually found in major department stores or in the high end shopping districts. Friends, family and influential colleagues might also refer you to a trustworthy tailor. Ask around and inquire about references.
Once you have chosen a highly regarded tailor, the next step is to settle on a suitable fabric. The suit's fabric will make the difference between a hundred dollar suit and a thousand dollar one. That is why many popular designers use fabrics with a grade of 100s or 110s to cut costs and increase markups. Since you are not paying for the brand name, you can opt for higher quality grades and still pay the same price or cheaper. Anything above a grade of 110s is guaranteed to make a respectable looking and durable suit. As you may have guessed, higher grade equals better quality and an elevated price. Grades range from low 80s to high end super 180s. At the price you'll pay for the super 180s, you're better off just putting a down payment on a brand new BMW.
At this stage, your tailor will take all the required measurements to make your suit fit like a glove. It is important to maintain open communication at all stages of your suit's fabrication. Chances are your tailor has made thousands of suits and he knows what he is doing, nevertheless, ask questions and provide feedback. Tell him how you would like your suit to fall on your shoulders, waist and shoes. That is the beauty of a tailor made suit. You will not need to have it altered several times before it fits perfectly. We all know how frustrating it is to have a piece of clothing that falls awkwardly, especially when it costs you an arm and a leg.
Customization is especially attractive to those with distinctive body types. Tall men will not have any problems with short sleeves or pants that do not fit. Chubby men, on the other hand, can have suits made to make them look thinner and more attractive. All these little perks definitely override buying a popular brand name.
Three buttons or four? Double breasted or single? It all depends on the current styles at the time of your purchase. If you are more conservative and do not follow fashion trends, opt for a classic suit. You can discuss your options with your tailor, as he has probably seen every suit style and knows every trick in the book.
If you are looking for something a little trendier, look through fashion magazines and see what designers recognize as being trendy and stylish. Just bring the magazine to your tailor and he will be able to tell you what type of fabric you will have to purchase for him to reproduce the suit. A tailor can also tell you what best compliments your body type to make you look better.
The beauty of a tailored suit is that you can add personal touches to make your suit look genuine and unique. Whether it is specific types of buttons, pockets or a different number of pleats in the pants, just ask and you shall receive. These simple touches will impress your colleagues and really make your suit stand out from the rest. At this stage, you will have to look over every detail. Do not hesitate to ask for a little adjustment because you are paying for the suit, and you should make sure that everything fits to your liking.