The classic suit is the best option for meetings with college coaches, sports banquets and job interviews. If you really want to seal the deal, consider investing in a custom suit, the better-fitting and longer-lasting alternative to an off-the-rack suit.
For a lot of guys, buying a suit means going to a local men's store and buying whatever bargain brand is on sale. Instead of taking that approach, consider investing in a hand-made custom suit. Unless you're still growing, it usually offers a better long-term return, both aesthetically and financially.
The first and most obvious benefit of tailored suits is quality. Bargain suits are often churned out in bulk with little or no attention to quality. As a result, many suffer from fusing, meaning the inner lining of the garment gets glued to the outside fabric, creating an awkward, uncomfortable stiffness. Also, the glue used in cheap suits can degrade over time or lose its hold during cleaning, causing rippling, or "bubbling," in the fabric. There is no remedy for bubbling; once it occurs, the suit is essentially worthless.
Tailored suits, on the other hand, are more often canvassed, meaning the tailor stitches the lining of the suit to the outside fabric. This not only holds the shape of the fabric, but, over time, the suit conforms better to the shape of the body. This is a great advantage, because the suit is more comfortable and looks sharp, improving your confidence for discussions with coaches and recruiters.
Another benefit of a custom suit is your ability to control the cost. When you buy a custom-made suit, variables like fabric and cut (single breasted, double breasted, two button, three button) affect the final price. With these and other options available to you, it's easier to stay within your budget without compromising style. Depending on your preferences, the cost of a tailored suit can compare favorably to that of an off-the-rack model from a good men's store. Often, a quick online search will yield a number of custom suit sources, some running great sales or specials.
A well-tailored suit will last many years, perhaps even your whole life. Although you may pay a bit more on the front end, you will save over the long term. The suit will not only last longer, it will also fit better, look better, and feel better. When it comes time to buy your next suit, weigh convenience and initial price against long-term quality, and make the choice that's right for you.
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