So you need a suit. It needs to be smart, functional, fit for purpose, and, oh yes, needs to make you look and feel like a film star. It’s a straight forward ‘ask’ really. Isn’t it?
When you buy Bespoke or Made to Measure, the tailor’s job is to make you look a million dollars, but your task is equally as important, to choose the cloth.
A few pieces of advice:
To get you going, answer these questions:
Cloth is defined by it’s weight, and usually in ounces. If in grams simply divide by 30 to get the weight in ounces. As the years have gone by, suits have become lighter and demand for the big hitters (18/19oz) has dwindled.
So, here it is in a nutshell…
7oz – 9oz is a light weight, great for the height of summer here in the UK and other hot climates abroad.
9.5oz – 11oz is a light to mid weight. Good for the cross over seasons. Moving from Spring to Summer and late Summer to Autumn.
11oz – 12oz is a mid weight and my favourite weight. Perfect for the majority of the year – perhaps 9/10 months of the year. If you’re starting to build your wardrobe, there is no better weight to start with.
12oz – 13oz is still a mid weight but with more of a punch. A sound option for about 8 months of the year, it’s another all-rounder, a little heavier but still an option you will get a lot of wear from.
14oz –19oz is a heavy weight. As mentioned, there is less called for these weights. A tailors dream because they make up so well, these weights are nothing nicer on a cold Autumn or Winter’s day.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re in any doubt of your selection, ask for some swatches, go home and have a think. A Bespoke or Made to Measure suit is a big investment, so take your time in choosing. You can even ask me if you like!
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