Men may not volunteer this information, but I don’t think there’s a bloke on the planet who doesn’t want to look good on his wedding day. I can say this because I myself am a man (don’t believe me? Look me up).
I’m guessing there is a wealth of potential princes/best men/ushers out there who love the idea of finding that “perfect suit”, only to loose interest when it turns out that the road to Suitville has a rather long and nasty detour that takes you right through the heart some really dreary places like Burtons, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer…. to name just a few. The chance of a serious breakdown at some point en route is definitely on the cards.
However, I’m here today to tell you about the ring road that takes you straight to Suitville! Think of it as the M6 Toll road…. It’s going to cost you a bit for sure, but if you’re up for it then you’re going to arrive at your destination in record time feeling fresh and completely road rage free. Rather than spending your time trying to find a suit that’s the right colour, the right style and most importantly fits you well (or more than likely, fits you ok’ish but needs a bit of adjustment here or there….) why not just tell someone what you want and get them to go off and make it for you?
Answer: Because it’s going to be bloody expensive that’s why…..
Aha!……not necessarily. Read on peeps…
Like I said during my genius “toll road” analogy, going bespoke is probably going to cost you a bit more than the average suit off the high street will, so this solution is not going to be for everyone. With a wealth of internet based tailors popping up over the last few years though, a tailored suit is a more affordable option now than it has ever been. You just might get that “perfect suit” that fits like a dream for the sort cash that you were intending to spend on the high street, plus that extra bit you were keeping in reserve to pay for a couple of alterations here and there.
A Suit That Fits.
I used the people at “A Suit That Fits” when My Brother got married three years ago, I needed a suit with a red lining to fit his chosen colour scheme and I couldn’t find anything that colour in a style that I liked. Eventually my search took me to www.aSuitThatFits.com a company who at that point had only been running for a few months, but who promised bespoke tailoring for high street prices…. It sounded like a fairytale that was too good to be true, and that almost turned out to be the case!
image courtesy of www.aSuitThatFits.com
How it works.
The concept is brilliant, a very “man based” solution to shopping. You sit at home on the internet and make a list (anyone who has read or seen Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity” knows that men bloody love a list). Two piece or three piece? Slim fit or regular? 1,2,3 or 4 buttons? How many flaps? How many vents? Would you like a working cuff? How many buttons on the cuff? Do you want ticket pockets? It goes on and on. You sit there clicking your mouse and making your list, you choose material, colour and lining. That’s it, job done. Its a long list granted, but it’s going to take even the most indecisive amongst us 20 minutes tops to finish. Then you save your creation and book an appointment to get measured, or if you’re feeling really brave/lazy you can even take your own measurements at home and email them in.
A suit that doesn’t fit.
I feel like I should mention at this point that when my slim fit bootleg suit arrived in the post I discovered that the Jacket hadn’t been made for me, it had been made for James Corden and the (straight cut) trousers were obviously intended to hang in Ronnie Corbetts wardrobe, not mine (and before anyone says anything, I did choose to go in for my measurement appointment, this crazy outfit was not the result of a cack handed session in front of the MacBook, mouse in one hand and tape measure in the other). Not pleased. Three weeks to the wedding. Not pleased at all.
A Happy Ending.
In true “fairytale fortnight” form, there is a happy ending. Hurrah! I phoned A Suit That Fits, and after making some wise crack about the company having a beautifully ironic name, I explained that I wasn’t exactly over the moon with their Corbett & Corden range. To the credit of A Suit That Fits, they were very apologetic, and very brilliant about the whole thing really. Judging by the raft of awards the company has spent the last three years collecting, it would appear that I was the unlucky victim of a company finding it’s feet and working through a few teething problems. They hurriedly arranged another fitting and in a little over two weeks turned around a replacement suit that never fails to provoke a few comments when I wear it out and about, whether it’s the full suit or just the jacket over a geeky T and battered pair of diesels.
…They’re good comments by the way, not comments like,
“hey, Smithy wants his Jacket back…”
“….nice socks lanky”.
Seriously, it’s a great bit of tailoring and three years on I am still chuffed to bits with my hand made suit, a suit that left me with considerable change from 400 quid.
Big “Bespoke” love,