As mentioned in a previous post, it is of little importance how much money you spend on a suit if it doesn’t fit you. I cannot stress this enough. I see so many men walking the streets of Cape Town wearing store-bought suits which simply do not fit them. It’s almost laughable and defeats the purpose of wearing the suit completely. Whilst getting a suit made for yourself may seem daunting, it is a process which we all need to undertake at some stage and the more you know about the do’s and don’t’s, the easier the process will seem. Following on from the previous post mentioned above, here are 5 more tips to ensure that you get the best tailored suit possible.
Your choice of lapel will change the look of your jacket and thus the look of your suit. A Notch lapels is a failsafe option whilst peak lapels are more flamboyant. Either way, keep them slim in width for a more contemporary look. If you want something bolder, go wider.
2. TROUSER BREAK
This boil down to personal preference. The traditionalists will opt for a full break, which sees the rear trouser hem touching the beginning of the shoe sole and thus creates bunching of the material around the shoe. If you’re after a more fashion-forward look then go for little to no break, which will create a cleaner, sleeker silhouette.
This is dependent on the suit’s function. Soft shoulders with little to no padding are perfect for the summer as this offers a greater range of movement and comfort, whilst padded shoulders create a powerful image and may be better suited to the business environment. Remember that your chest breadth plays a role in your shoulder padding decision.
4. UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY TYPE
If you’re on the shorter side, go for slim trousers with a minimal break as this will add height. The tall, skinny fella’s shout avoid a suit which is too slim and opt rather for a bit more flow in the material as this will add prominence to their physique. A muscular, well-built man would avoid anything to do with padded shoulders or a cropped cut.
5. REMEMBER THAT IT IS ALL IN THE DETAIL
The point behind going custom is that you get to choose from a range of details. These details have the potential to elevate your suit to the next level. These details include button colour, linings, vent choices and stitching. It is up to you as it is your suit which you will have to wear and whilst it may seem daunting, don’t be afraid to discuss these details with your tailor.
You stay classy,