Should a man’s foundation suit be bespoke?
Or should he just find an off-the-rack suit and have it tailored to fit?
What factors should he use to make a decision here?
The decision isn’t as easy as you would think – in this video I try to help clarify.
Here is the question I received:
“My name is XXXXX and I am 38 years old. I am in the market for starting a new wardrobe. I do have the fairly frequent occasion to wear suits at formal events. I am wondering whether or not I should pursue a custom made suit as my initial new foundation suit (charcoal/navy) or whether I should opt for a ready to wear suit, with tailoring as needed. I would think this first option would afford me the ability to learn those features in a suit which would be most beneficial or appealing to me before purchasing a custom suit. If the ready-to-wear option would be a good one, I would consider suits in the range of approximately $1200. Do you have any recommendations for me? I am of medium height at 5’11” and slender build, wearing a 38 regular jacket and usually 31 inch waist. I live in Florida where the weather gets quite hot and humid during the summer months.”
Here is my answer: