If you’re used to buying clothes off the rack, you would know the pain of having clothing that stick too close to your skin or on the other end, hang more loosely than they’re supposed to. It’s these details that contribute to your overall impression, especially at work, which is why choosing the right fit is essential to portraying a clean and professional image.
Of course, this is easier said than done and we often end up overlooking factors we think don’t matter. Having to choose between wool and wool blends or one or two pockets can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking out for. To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick yet comprehensive guide to tailoring.
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Needless to say, fit is a critical part about tailoring. When you’re getting something made for you, it needs to fit comfortably. With most tailors, you’ll be fitted into a “trial” piece in a process called basted fittings. Use this chance to walk, sit, run or jump, so you have an idea on how your final piece will feel, and what changes should be made.
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to let your newly-made item gather dust in your closet. To ensure you get the most wear out of your dollar, consider your lifestyle habits and how this clothing article can serve it. Should it be smart casual, or business formal? How many pockets do you want? What about buttons – dressier or subtler versions?
Fabrics don’t just set the final price you’ll be paying, it also plays a key part in your satisfaction with the finished product. Before deciding on a material, ask yourself if it’s suitable for the climate you’re in, what you’ll be wearing it to, and how tedious the care process is.
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Single or Double Breasted?
Single-breasted jackets: These have single columns of one to three buttons. 94 per cent of suits use single-breasted fronts, so you won’t stick out wearing one. They are also considered more conservative, which makes them more suitable to be worn every day. Going for the single-breasted front also gives you more flexibility to play with a wider variety of cuts, details and types of lapels.
Double-breasted jackets: These have two columns of buttons. Given that double-breasted jackets are less common, wearing one may earn you more attention, especially since they tend to appear dressier and are better reserved for formal events. Double-breasted fronts also help create broader shoulders and a slimmer-looking waist, especially when cinched with a belt.