RJ127 wrote: shock259 wrote: homestyle28 wrote:
RJ127 wrote:Off the rack suits that don't fit properly look cheap and horrible no matter who the maker is.
Most important part. A good tailor can make a JC Penny's suit look decent. The perk of nicer stores (and spending more $) is that they usually have good tailors on staff. I'm a big fan of most Nordstrom's Mens Depts.
How do you know if a tailor is good? I bought a crappy suit for like $150 a few years ago at Jos A Bank and it fits me like a balloon, yet I had it supposedly tailored in the store after I bought it.
Also, this thread is amazing. Thanks to all the contributors.
Online reviews, word of mouth, and the array of services the tailor can provide are good starting points (crappy tailors won't be able to make certain alterations). What your tailor did was fit the off the rack suit to your more specific measurements but you need to figure out how you want your suit to atcually fit your frame (i.e. sleeve length, pant inseam/seat, etc.), and go to a tailor and have it cut to your specifications. Bring the suit to the tailor and tell him how you want it fitting.
Also remember there are certain parts of the suit that a tailor cannot alter without ruining the jacket. For example, the tailor can't really do the shoulders/neck area- that should fit perfectly before you buy the suit. They can and should shorten the sleeves, hem the pants and suppress the waist. Remember to wear your dress shirt/tie and interview shoes when suit shopping and leave 2 weeks for alterations.
I'm not advising anyone to run out and buy a 1K suit, but if you have to spring for a few hundred dollars more in order to get a suit that fits decently off the rack with room for minor alterations- do that.
Also, make sure the rest of your outfit matches. Shoes, socks, shirt, and tie.