The Definitive Guide to Finding a Tailor

Once upon a suit, finding a great tailor was easy. Your father would make the proper introduction to a tailor who had been altering his garments for many years.

Today the task is much harder. Great tailors are hard to come by, and suit salesman don’t have the local knowledge to point you in the right direction.

A suit or lounge suit is a set of clothes comprising a suit jacket and trousers of identical textiles worn with a collared dress shirt, necktie, and dress shoes. It is considered informal wear in Western dress codes. The lounge suit originated in 19th-century Britain as a more casual alternative for sportswear and British country clothing.

After replacing the black frock coat in the early 20th century as regular daywear, a sober one-coloured suit became known as a lounge suit. A black lounge suit for professional occasions became known as a business suit and belongs to the day dress of the semi-formal wear dress code.

How to find a great tailor

  1. Ask A Friend – Seek recommendations from your most trusted and stylish friends.
  2. Test Your Tailor – Ask if they can shorten a jacket sleeve from the shoulder.
  3. Visit the Shop – The best tailors have the cleanest shop floors.
  4. Check His Work – Ask to see something they just completed for a client.
  5. Take The Leap – The time has come to hand over your favourite suit for alterations.

Once you find a great tailor, you should ask him his preference of Bourbon, because that’s what you’ll be bringing him every Christmas.

1 reply
  1. Charlotte Fleet
    Charlotte Fleet says:

    I appreciate your tip to ask your trusted friends for recommendations of good tailors. My older brother is getting married in a couple of months, and he needs to have his wedding suit altered. I will have him ask his friends who have experience with tailors for advice on who to choose.

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