Bespoke is similar to haute couture, a style of women’s clothing that’s also tailored specifically to the buyer’s demands. Widely used in the United Kingdom, the word is hardly ever used in fashion circles in the Unites States unless it is a high-end tailoring business.
Tailor made suits are traditionally made from patterns designed from scratch for the particular buyer. In this way it differs from “off-the-rack” clothing, which is made in a complete condition and standard sizes such as small, medium and large. Bespoke suits are also different from made-to-measure suits as the latter are constructed from an adjusted block pattern. None of this is to say that bespoke clothing isn’t particularly well-built, but since the inception of ready-to-wear clothing, bespoke garments are much more costly and involve a higher degree of assembly. The distinction to keep in mind when it comes to bespoke and made-to-measure is that bespoke suits are made without using a design that already exists, and made-to-measure suits only make slight altercations to standard sized designs that conform to the requests of the buyer.
One of the high selling points of owning a tailor-made suit is knowing that you’ll never have to worry about running into someone else wearing the exact same suit as you. Although you may commend each other on your impeccable taste, you’ll still be comparing the way that the suit looks on them, the way that it looks on you and who’s wearing it better. Custom made suits will perfectly fit your body type, height and personal tastes. With off-the-rack suits you have to settle for whatever comes closest to what looks the best, or something that isn’t terribly flattering to your figure. Although they may be expensive, a bespoke suit is well worth it for those who are interested in fashion and looking their best whenever they are seen in public. Business professionals, public officials and public figures will probably have the most need for specially tailored garments as they are always in the public eye and being judged just as much on their appearance as they are their talents and skills.
While tailoring made clothing has its allure, it is most certainly isn’t for everyone. Those looking to purchase bespoke clothing should have more than a passing knowledge of fashion; otherwise your custom-made clothing will become a clothing made disaster. Know what you want in every area of the suit from the button selection, quality of fabric, cuff length and collar design. While your tailor can offer you suggestions, you are the one who will be wearing and paying for the suit at the end of the day, so make sure you get your money’s worth. With custom tailored garments your clothing will speak for you.