We’re thrilled to be sharing some insights for grooms on finding the perfect wedding suit
THE WEDDING SCOOP . 10TH JAN 2017
FINDING THE PERFECT WEDDING SUIT IN SINGAPORE
In today’s feature we’re thrilled to be sharing some insights for grooms on finding the perfect wedding suit, from a distinguished guest contributor whom we’re privileged to call our friend – the “Godfather of Singapore Fashion“, Asia’s Next Top Model judge, fashion show producer and consultant, lifestyle curator and publisher behind The 15th District, and most recently, author of “The Book of Daniel“, Mr Daniel Boey.
Daniel: “Every Man should own a good, well-cut suit.” We hear this piece of advice over and over again in every single men’s publication. But how many of these magazines actually tell us how to shop for the right suit? And how many of us really know the difference between an American, Italian or English cut, let alone what single or double breasted is?
There are a myriad of reasons to don a suit, not just for a wedding, so it really is one the best investments a man can make. But where do we start our search?
We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and compiled this glossary of where to find the different types of suits out there.
Bespoke vs Made-To-Measure
“Bespoke” is a term that is frequently bandied around when discussing suits, and often misused, even by designers (just like the term haute couture).
The official explanation of bespoke tailoring involves “men’s clothing made to an individual buyer’s specification by a tailor …[involving] a high degree of customisation and involvement of the end-user in the production process.”
The bespoke experience consists of a series of precise steps and several fitting sessions, and a good bespoke suit can take approximately 8 to 10 weeks to make.
On the other hand, the made-to-measure process involves selecting the style of the suit, making your fabric and button choices and getting your measurements taken. The next time you meet the tailor is when you try your completed suit.
There are several bespoke and made-to-measure specialists in Singapore, and some of our faves include:
– The Prestigious – Bespoke Tailors by Thomas Wong
– Q Menswear
– KEVIN SEAH
– SorStudio – Bespoke Apparel
– Mr.Bulli & Sons
– Aston Blake
– The Bespoke Club
– Dylan & Son
Remember that the relationship between the atelier and the customer is important. A good designer should be able to recommend the right cut and style for your body shape. Never be pressurised into selecting a cut, fit, style or colour that you are uncomfortable with. And please do not fall for that “I can make a full suit for you in 24 hours” sales pitch. Most of those suits are put together using pre-existing templated pieces that are glued together, which accounts for the scary fit and the short life span.
… Purchasing the perfect suit is only the first step. You need to learn how to take appropriate care of the outfit to ensure you get the most mileage from your investment.
Thanks Daniel for your valuable insight, and we hope you found this useful Wedding Scoopers! For more groom-spiration, check out Groom’s Style: Classic vs Contemporary, Dapper Gents: Inspiration for Grooms and Groomsmen and our “Grooms and Groomsmen” board on Pinterest.