Why You Should Care About Tailoring Your Suits.
Gentlemen, getting your suit tailored is like brushing your teeth and putting on deodorant. You just do it. You do it because failure to do so gives off an impression that you don’t want. If you don’t brush your teeth, your breath reeks, and your pits smell like they just went eight rounds with Joe Frazier.
Same thing goes for getting your suit fitted. If your suit doesn’t fit you the way it should, you look like an ass-clown. That’s just the cold, hard truth. When you have to wear a suit, it’s one of the best impressions you can give off about your self.
A suit that is tailored and stylish can transform a fat guy into a decent looking guy. It can turn a man who is in great shape into a panty-dropper. No question. If it isn’t, it’s a sliding scale from there.
So what does a well-tailored suit look like?
Let’s start with the shoulders. With the shoulders, it’s crucial that your suit doesn’t look like you are wearing football pads underneath it. It shouldn’t dwarf your frame. The fit of the shoulders should be snug, but not tight, and there should be NO space between the fabric and your shoulders, which is the “football pad” look.
Additionally, If you can’t raise your arms past your head without feeling like you’ll rip the suit apart, you’re doing it wrong.
Now on the midsection. You want the mid-section to accentuate your torso but you do not want it to billow out like a robe when it’s buttoned. You also don’t want it so tight that you can’t move without the lapels popping out like Schwarzenegger on a steroid pump (yes, he juiced). Again, the key word is accentuate. Let it fit to your body in a comfortable, presentable way.
The sleeves are pretty simple. If the cuff of the sleeve goes all the way to the middle of your thumb, it’s too long. If you look like Andre the Giant wearing a suit three sizes too small, there ya go. Fix that. The cuff should always finish comfortably past your wrist line, and if you need to err one side, err on more.
With the pants, what you are looking for are pant cuffs that finish right below the ankle when you are standing up. If they finish well above the ankle, it’s too short, and you absolutely DO NOT want to have pant cuffs that sag on your shoes. That’s sloppy business, and we, gentlemen, are not in the business of promoting bush league behavior. Also, make sure they are pleated. It’s how suits are worn these days, and if they are not, it would be well your time to have your pants pleated if possible.
I’ll finish with this parting thought; no matter how busy you are, take the time to care about the little things. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard men say they don’t have time for the little things, and yet at the same they are watching daytime t.v. and getting fat on their barco-loungers. Don’t do that. Care. Dress with class, and the classes you move up in will be just a little bit nicer, a little bit better, with each passing year.
Yours in Virtues and Victory,