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A guide to buying custom suits

The history of custom suits began back in the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. With the Renaissance, the fashion changed with the "accentuation of the human form." It was, according to G. Bruce Boyer in his work "The History of Tailoring: An Overview", "the birth of tailoring and, in fact, of fashion." Buying a custom suit today is still possible, though fashion has changed since Renaissance. Here is a guide that will help.

Choose a tailor and the fabric

Fortunately, in London, this will not be difficult. If you are not sure, ask people whom you know for references. You want to find someone who is skilled. Pick out the fabric The fabric that you will choose for the suit should compliment your skin tone and should drape well. Try to get the best fabric that you can afford as this will help your suit last for a long time. Think of the suits and tail coats that are in the museums, that fabric was of good enough quality to last for generations.

Get measured

When you have custom or tailored clothing made, this is a very important step, as the suit is going to be made to fit your body. Let the tailor know how long you wish your trouser legs to be (whether the cuffs just touch your shoes or puddle a bit) and where around your waist you would like to wear your trousers. Moreover, you should tell him or her how you would like to have the suit coat drape from your shoulders. The tailor will measure you by writing down all of the important measurements necessary to make your suit fit you. One consideration is this: if you are overweight, the tailor will be able to make a suit that could actually make you appear thinner. Ask the tailor any questions that you can think of.

Style and sit

Discuss with the tailor what style of suit would look best with your body type, such as double breasted, single breasted, two or more buttons and more. With his or her help, you will end up with a suit that can make you look better than an off the hook suit. Once the suit is near completion, the tailor will ask you to come in for a fitting. At this fitting, the tailor will make any adjustments necessary to ensure that the suit fits you properly. Soon after, you will have in your possession a beautiful custom-made suit.

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