6 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Tailored Suit

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If you’re investing in a tailored suit, you want to be sure that you’re making the right decisions and receiving the best advice. Here are six questions you should ask before purchasing a tailored suit:

  1. What’s the difference between a semi-bespoke and a bespoke suit?
    A fully bespoke suit is 100% handmade and involves a stage known as baste-stage, which is basically a half-made style.


    With semi-bespoke suits, there is no baste-stage. Typically, bespoke suits require a minimum of 5 appointments, while a semi-bespoke suit requires 3 appointments. Fully bespoke suits from Jasper Littman Tailor, for example, are significantly more expensive than semi-bespoke suits due to the work involved. On average, around 80 hours of work goes into a fully bespoke suit.
  2. How do I know my tailor is qualified?
    The simple answer to this question is to ask them how much experience they have and where they trained. Ideally, you should aim for a tailor with extensive experience in Savile Row tailoring. Savile Row has been home to the finest tailors for more than150 years and has a global reputation. Be wary of any tailor who has less than 5 years of experience and those who trained abroad.
  3. Which materials are available?
    Material is everything when it comes to aesthetics, durability and comfort, so it’s important to consider all the options and learn about the pros and cons of each material. If you’re going to a reputable tailor, the chances are that they will only provide the finest materials. Use their knowledge and expertise to help you choose and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  4. How is the suit made?
    The manufacturing process is key and you should avoid any suit that offers a very quick process. The best suits are hand-made and can take up to 100 hours of man power. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Savile Row has the best reputation for tailoring in the UK and abroad. Italy is also synonymous with high quality tailoring, but be sure to avoid street-sellers at all costs.
  5. What is the standard house cut?
    Tailors have their own cut, so it’s important to understand this before placing an order to make sure that it suits you. Savile Row suits, for example, boast a soft shoulder line, a curved waistline, high buttons on the front of the jacket and a prominent sleeve. If you’re unsure about the cut, ask your tailor for advice. They will be able to explain the terminology and give you an idea of what your suit will look like when it is finished.
  6. How long will my suit last?
    It’s impossible to give a universal answer to this question, as materials and quality vary and people have different uses for their suits. If you don’t wear your suit much and reserve it for special occasions, it’s likely to last a lot longer than if you wear a suit every day for work. Typically, you can expect a good quality bespoke suit to last 3-8 years. 

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