When it comes to a proper fit, one size does not fit all. I know that we all want our clothing to bring out the best of our natural attributes, and in a perfect world, this would be the case. There would be no need to visit a high-end clothier for a custom fitting. You could simply stroll into Macy’s, grab any suit off the rack, and viola; you’re a walking Ralph Lauren advertisement. The problem is that there is no one cut that looks great on all of us, and if your appearance is important to you, chances are you’re spending a lot more time searching for that perfect fit. Having the desire to purchase the right suit that accentuates your best features is one thing, but having the wallet to absorb the costs involved is another.
Custom fashion is considered by most a luxury. The same could be said about high quality dry-cleaning. It is not for everybody. At our Shores Fine Dry Cleaning plants in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point, we work hand-in-hand with many local fine clothiers. They deliver an exceptional product, hand-crafted at a premium price. The price part is why many guys turn to ready-to-wear (RTW) garments. RTW suit pricing is significantly less, around 50-75% less, than custom made attire. This is primarily due to the manufacturing methods employed to produce them.
Other than the way they’re manufactured, what differences are there between a custom suit and RTW’s? In a nutshell, custom clothing is usually made with the highest quality fabrics and designed to your body measurements ultimately creating a one of a kind look. While RTW attire isn’t made with the most expensive fabrics, you can still give RTW garments a more custom fit through professional alterations.
Professional seamstress and tailors are up on the latest fashion trends and know the proper way a garment should drape. They can also offer suggestions on how alterations can make your garments look better on you.
In Part 2- How to Make a Ready to Wear Suit Look like a Custom Made Suit, we will share with you everything you need to know to make a RTW suit look like a custom suit.