Made to measure suits have been around for a while, and the beauty of a made to measure suit is unrivalled if you would like to look good, feel good, and boost your confidence. But what exactly is a made to measure suit, and what are its main differences with a suit that’s ready to wear? More importantly, what makes it so unique? Let’s have a look at some important quick facts on made to measure suits – and why they’re much better than ready to wear.
What it really is
You may have already heard of completely bespoke suits; a made to measure suit isn’t exactly like a bespoke suit, but it’s close. Made to measure suits come from a type of manufacturing and tailoring process where a suit is made according to your measurements and preferences, such as your fabric preference, your cut preference, and so on. A made to measure suit is made from a block pattern, and it can also be made from a fused or half as well as a full canvas. To make it even clearer, let’s just say that made to measure suits are in the middle of the spectrum – between a completely bespoke suit and a ready to wear one.
The difference between made to measure suits and RTW
As mentioned, a made to measure suit has a higher level of quality than a ready to wear or off-the-rack suit. One reason for this is that since you can choose the style, cut, fabric, and more, the typical made to measure suit will have a much better fit than a ready to wear suit. You may well have to wait a long time to get your made to measure suit, but its construction will be superior to that of regular suits. And another great aspect about made to measure suits is that while it offers some of the more aesthetic options on customisation offered by a bespoke suit, it comes at a lower price, and it takes less time to make.
The process of acquiring a made to measure suit
The process of getting your very own made to measure suit isn’t all that difficult, especially nowadays when you can visit an online suit shop and have your suit done in a shorter period. When you visit a shop, whether online or not, you will usually select the fabric first and then choose the kind of suit you’d like – a two-piece one, a three-piece one, a sport coat, or even just a pair of trousers. Afterwards, you will be asked for your preferences in terms of aesthetics and decide on details such as the lining, lapels, button stance, and whether you’d like to have a plain or pleated front. Your measurements will then be taken, or you will submit your measurements online, and this is what is called the first fitting. All you have to do in the next step is to wait for your suit to be made, which could take between two to six weeks, depending on the shop.
For the second fitting, your nearly-done or almost finished suit will arrive; alterations are often necessary at this point unless you’re a repeat customer. Alterations can be done in a week or so, and your suit will be delivered afterwards.