Are you the man who only invests in quality or someone who looks out for saving every buck possible? See, we are not judging on here as we have been working together with several tailoring companies with different quality & price politics. Over the time we collected the pros and cons of these different approaches to tailoring and are here today to help you decide what’s the best for you.
We compare an affordable online made-to-measure service with an expensive personal made-to-measure atelier.
Breaking it down, you want to get a great suit at the end of the process. So basically, service does not impact that. But it surely impacts you in the way you feel about your new suit. If you receive bad service, you’ll always connect that with that new suit and this is definitely going to harm the way you feel in it. Therefore, good service is a priority.
Cheap: Definitely good service in general but you have to have in mind that it will take some time to get things altered etc. as the suit has to be sent back to the company and then again to you afterward. If the suit is still not fitting perfectly you have to repeat that step until it fits.
Expensive: You actually get a professional tailor to your side who can guide you and help you to find the right fit. Plus he understands what you want which makes the process super easy. At worst your suit has to be altered once. Service on that side is definitely great and the stress-free method.
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A suit, in our opinion, is a personal piece, more than any other. It will last long and guide you through some of your biggest steps in life. So make sure that suit matches you. It should give you that feeling of a second skin. But how far can you customize a cheap and an expensive suit?
Cheap: You have a wide range of customization available. Cut, fabric, buttons, pockets, almost everything is possible. Almost! It’s definitely enough to get a great suit that looks the way you want it to as the end result.
Expensive: You get a few more detailed options to customize your suit as it’s more personal and your preferences can be implemented. To be honest it’s nice to have but not essential in order to get that perfect suit.
Yes, quality is important. If you don’t care too much about quality, a good suit off-the-rack will do it. But if you put quality first, you want to invest in it. But how far does the price actually influence it?
Cheap: Quality is good on any suit you’ll get that way. With most of these services, you get a brief description to understand the fabric you selected. With that, you can maneuver your way through all of them to find the perfect one for your suit.
Expensive: Quality is slightly better (most times). But the real benefit on here definitely is that you can actually hold the fabrics between your fingers and feel it. You’ll get a clue about its thickness, the quality etc. Surely something you will appreciate.
Fit always is key in the fashion industry. If a piece does not fit, it does not look good, period. But we are sure you already know that, otherwise, why would you look into getting a made-to-measure suit, right? But is there a difference in the fit as the price varies?
The process to get to the perfect fitting suit can actually take a while as stated above (service). Other than that, there is no real difference, at least not one we found out. You get a wide range of available fabrics you can choose with both services. Ranging from thin to thick fabrics, patterns, no patterns, linen, wool, cotton etc. Both services will deliver a fitting suit as the result, the difference we spotted lays in the way it till there.
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Conclusion: The online service which we stated as the ‘cheap’ one is for the busy guy that has not much time to actually drive out to the tailors’ atelier to get the suit done. That really is where you end up saving your money. That makes it possible to receive great quality for a lower price tag.
If you on the other hand value personal service and extra customization a lot, you should invest a bit more money and get it done with the help of a professional tailor on your side.