A tailor service can be a rather daunting and costly experience if you’re not an incredibly successful businessman with a hefty bank balance. Chances are you won’t have had many (if any) suit fittings. You’ll have considered off the rail suits previously from high street stores to save on the costs, which, if we’re being honest, can be pretty extortionate. However, there comes a time in every man’s life where a well-fitting suit is a must. Whether you’re about to become a groom or best man, or have a very important business trip to complete, you need to look a cut above the rest.
If you’ve never stepped foot in a tailors before, don’t panic. It’s okay to feel in the dark about the whole process, and after all, it’s the assistant’s job to make you feel comfortable and to answer your many questions. The only thing you really need to have the answer to is “Do I need a well fitted suit?” If the answer is yes, book that consultation with your preferred tailor and get the ball rolling.
Before your appointment, you should have some questions ready to ask your tailor in the back of your mind. The reason for this is simple; you need to be convinced you’re getting the best possible product with the best possible service. If your chosen company are the right business to go with, they’ll be extremely knowledgeable and know the ins and outs of tailoring for every individual’s needs. Here are a few questions you should ask your chosen tailor before you settle on a specific business.
Which styles do you offer and what would suit me? (Pun not intended)
It goes without saying that a reputable tailor should know their stuff. They should be able to guide you around the different styles available and know the benefits of each. It’s also crucial that they know what style of suit would fit with any body type. Tall or short, skinny or wide, everyone should be comfortable that they can look the part.
It’s also the tailor’s job to go through the process of having a tailor-made suit with a customer, so they know exactly what they will receive. Asking for your tailor’s recommendations can firstly be a test of how well they have taken your information on board in your consultation and will also give you a clearer idea of what will work best for you. The more information you give your tailor initially, the more they’ve got to work with.
What are the different fabrics I can choose from?
Depending on the occasion, your tailor should be able recommend different fabrics for your tailored suit. Make sure you ask your tailor to explain the practical needs for each one and why you should opt for certain fabrics over others. Which fabric will be more durable? Which fabric is on trend this year? Discussing your options ensures that you make the right choice for you.
What happens if my body size changes or I need alterations after I have purchased my suit?
Suit alterations are what tailors are known for, so if you need any changes making during the fitting or after a purchase, this should be relatively simple to organise. Ask the relevant questions about amendments to your tailor and make sure you give them plenty of warning if something is not quite right. You have to bear in mind that you’re not the only person needing a suit and you may be put on a waiting list if you don’t act fast.
How long can I expect it to take?
Creating the most perfect suit doesn’t just happen overnight; it can get very lengthy. Depending on your tailor, it could take longer with one than with another, so getting your suit fitting in well in advance is the best option. Extra appointments to amend your suit may be needed and can take at least a week for simple alterations. However, each tailor will vary, so enquiring about this early on will give you a more accurate time frame.
Can I see some previously made suits?
There is no point choosing a tailor without seeing any previous work beforehand. If a tailor is worth choosing, they’ll be able to provide you with an abundance of previous work and images from clients before you. It’s important to like the styles and work of your tailor before you go ahead with the whole process.
All tailors will be happy to work with you to get your perfect suit within an arranged time frame. What’s important in the process is asking the relevant questions and making sure you get the finished product well in advance. Cutting it fine with time can add an extra charge to your overall price, so if you want to avoid more fees, get organised and plan well ahead.
Calling into your nearest tailor to discuss pricing, the process and what to expect will put you at ease and help you to realise that actually, getting a suit fitted is a luxury!
This article was produced in collaboration with Alterations Boutique Manchester who offer a tailoring and alterations service for customers across the UK. The company has gained a reputation amongst customers as well as leading fashion brands for excellent craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, meticulous attention to detail and affordable pricing. Find out more at www.alterationsboutiquemanchester.co.uk.