Updated: Oct 27
This article will provide tips and serve as a guide for individuals making informed choices about their first custom-made suit, emphasizing its benefits and the process involved.
A custom-made suit offers a unique blend of personal style and precision craftsmanship, ensuring a perfect fit tailored to an individual's needs.
As plenty of film franchises like the Bond film franchise have grown in popularity, so too has the idea of a custom-made suit for men. Men's suits custom-made for your shape, size, height, and several other variables in between can provide the perfect ensemble for any event. This article will highlight the importance of making informed choices for your first custom-made suit.
What are custom-made suits?
Custom-made suits are suits that are measured to your body. They differ from off-the-rack options. Off-the-rack suits are suits that have been made following a basic template. So, if you pick up a suit off the rack, you're picking up a suit that's already been cut to a generic body shape and size.
Even if it doesn't fit you, you can have it tailored, but there's only so much that can be done because the suit has already been created. By comparison, custom-made tailored suits are not put together until after they have your specific measurements. This means every part of the suit follows things like:
Where you carry muscle or fat
How long each of your legs are
Where your shoulders each rest
How long your arms are
You might not realize that one of your shoulders sits slightly higher than the other or that one leg is slightly longer than the other. You might not take into account that your torso sits a lot closer to your hips than other men your age. But you don't have to realize those things if you get a custom suit; a tailor realizes them for you.
When you invest in custom-made tailor suits, you have more opportunities for better style and fabric. With an off-the-rack design, you are limited to what few primary colors they produce, like blue or black. You are also usually stuck with one or two styles.
With custom-made suits, you can pick:
Higher quality materials like Italian wool sourced from a reputable provider
The lapel design that matches your face
Whether you want single or double-breasted suit jackets
What color you want
Working with a company that provides custom designs means getting to choose more color options and better stylistic components.
Perhaps best of all, with a custom suit, you get a boost in confidence, knowing that you are wearing a suit tailored to your frame.
Choosing the right tailor
When it comes to choosing the right tailor for your custom-made suit, go with a company that has a reputation for high quality. Don't be afraid to ask for customer reviews or references. A good company will be happy to supply that information as well as be completely transparent about the steps involved in creating a custom-made suit, from measurements to fabric selection.
Pros and cons of men's suits custom-made
There is a lot of value in investing in a custom suit. Let's look at the pros and cons:
Suits are usually cheaper
Your suit is available straight away (assuming you don’t get any adjustments made
The suit does not always fit well
The incorrectly sloped shoulders or arm holes can make it look cheap
It is made in assembly lines so the quality is low
Custom Suit Pros:
Sizes are based on your frame and fit
You can choose color, pattern, lapel, material, and other features
The price is not as high as you might think
Custom Suit Cons
You have to wait a bit longer for your suit to be finished
How to choose the right fabric and style for your custom-made suit
As mentioned, one of the biggest benefits of a custom suit is that you can choose things like the color, the lapel design, the pattern, and most importantly, the fabric.
Common fabrics include:
The fabric you choose is some small part based on the season and the occasion. If you are looking for a custom men's suit to wear to a wedding, you might want something in a traditional wool fabric, but if the wedding is a beach theme taking place on an island somewhere, linen might be more appropriate. You might be hard-pressed to find a linen suit in an off-the-rack option but not in a custom option.
Moreover, you get personalized options for your custom suit, such as:
How to care for and preserve your custom-made suit to ensure its longevity
After you buy a custom suit, you need to care for your suit after having spent so much time and effort getting it to fit just right.
Hang it on a special hanger, one designed for suits, not a generic plastic hanger. Give it some time to air out after you wear it on your special day so that everything can go back to its original shape before you put it away.
If you need to, dry clean your suit. It's always good to dry clean a suit after a few months, and it's especially important to spot-clean any areas that might get dirty immediately before you bring it to a dry cleaner. This will help prevent stains from setting.
Have tools like a soft bristle brush that you can use to brush down the fabric after you wear it and before you store it. This can be coupled with a lint roller to remove any dust or hair as well.
Store your suits in breathable garment bags made of cotton fiber and not plastic. You want them hanging on the right hanger and maybe even throw in some cedar wood balls. This prevents things like moths or silverfish, as well as mold or mildew, from damaging your ensemble.
Custom-made suits are made to measure, so they might rely on a base pattern, but they are the peak of personalization, tailored to your style, personal preference, and fit. For your next formal occasion, consider a custom-made suit that combines formality and style.