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Tailored Suit 101: Start With the Basics
Let’s start from the very beginning and identify what you should be looking for, beginning with the jacket. “The jacket is the centrepiece of your suit, and its fit alone will make or break the whole outfit,” says Ant Horner, founder of Empire Outlet, an online company that outfits modern-day gentlemen with luxury
What Fabric Should You Go For?
Over the years, suit fabrics have evolved to provide an increasing amount of comfort and durability. If you are going to be investing in a tailored suit, no matter how affordable it is, these are the two main factors you want to take into consideration. With the rise of heating and cooling in modern days, men are faced with temperature extremes. You’ll be freezing one second and sweating the next. The clear durable and breathable winner is wool. Wool is naturally resistant, resilient, breathable, flexible, and insulating. But that’s not all. Wool has a high moisture content, which gives it other advantages you may not have heard of. It generates very little static electricity, so it does not hold back dust and therefore requires less maintenance. It’s also very resistant to flames and
What About the Trousers?
You shouldn’t have to wear a belt for your trousers to hold in place, but they shouldn’t be too tight either. A good way to establish if the trousers fit well is to look at the pockets. If they sit open, then you should go one size up. As far as leg length goes, the hem position is crucial. The leg should fall in a straight line, and form a single fold (called break) at the bottom of the trousers. Failure to comply with this simple rule exposes you to the risk of having a very creased look, exposing too much sock or, worse, bare leg. A small trick tailors use is to have the leg a little longer at the back of the hem — something you will never find on the high street.
One Question Remains: How Much?
We know you’re reading this and still wondering how much this could all set you back. So much work goes into making a suit in accordance with a single individual’s measurements, so this has to come with a hefty price tag, right? You may actually be pleasantly surprised, as online tailored suit purchasing has come so far in the last decade. Online shops now provide tailor-made suits for men of all shapes and sizes at an affordable price. You can even order