If you were considering tailored Female suits as you go-to workplace style, then know you’ve hit the formal corporate jackpot. It’s very rare to be able to pick up an off-the-rack suit that fits you well enough for purpose, and getting your suit tailored to fit you properly is one of the best things you can do to enhance your look and make yourself seem a serious contender within your company. Here’s what you need to know before tailoring a suit.
Don’t leave measurements until you tailor?
Measure yourself properly before you even go to purchase a suit. This goes threefold if you’re not using a custom business suit service, and will be purchasing the suit and taking it to a separate tailor. Small differences in measurement can have huge differences in look, and knowing your actual size- not the one you think you are- will make a huge difference. The tailor will then take the good basic fit and make it look exceptional. Remember that ladies’ sizes vary hugely between designers, so it’s vital you don’t assume you know your size in a brand you haven’t tried on before, even if you are a fairly consistent size yourself.
What you need to know about tailoring.
Firstly, know that a suit alteration is unavoidable. That is, of course, if you want to look good in it. Suits are very structured and created, which means little differences can have a very large impact. Your body is not uniform, and tailoring isn’t about making a bad suit look ‘better’- it’s about making it look great! However, remember that not everyone who calls themselves a tailor will offer the same great service. Once you find a good tailor, hang on to them, and if you truly want the best possible look, make sure you are willing to pay a little more for it. Some tailors are perfect for easy tasks like hemming, but you’ll need a good one for major alterations. Aim to find one that specializes in suits.
When buying your suit, remember that taking in is always easier than letting out. If you’re unhappy with your weight, take this lesson to mind particularly. You will look far better- and slimmer- in a well-fitting suit that’s tailored to your body, no matter what shape the body is, then you will in a suit that’s too tight, or hanging in a wardrobe because you can’t wear it. Get the best possible fit you can off the shelf, don’t settle or rush, as the less work the tailoring requires, the better the end result will be. While a little tailoring can make a staggering difference, remember that there are limits to what they can alter, and the better the suit fits to start with, the better the end results will be.
Should I go totally bespoke?
The answer to this one is yes- if you can afford it! Remember that tailoring a suit from scratch will always be the most expensive option, especially if you opt for a tailor who hand finishes. However, there is a reason bespoke suits are a mark of luxury- they will always give the best results possible for your frame. You will need to decide if the cost is worth it to you. Know that you can get great results even on pre-made suits with a little tailoring.