Sometimes a full suit isn’t necessary, but throwing on a sweater or just going out in your shirtsleeves isn’t appropriate. If you’re like most guys, you probably reach for a blazer in your closet in those situations.
The reason most men have more than a couple of blazers is relatively simple – they’re incredibly versatile. You can dress them up with a pair of pressed slacks or dress them down for a night on the town with a pair of designer jeans.
No matter what your style is, chances are you’ve got a blazer or two in your wardrobe already.
While off the rack blazers can function just fine if you’re the size of a mannequin or you get yours altered by a good men’s tailor, these blazers are never going to look as good as custom blazers.
You also won’t have the ability to choose all of the details and styling that go into your blazer when you buy in a regular menswear store or department store.
All of that extra control is why many men choose to buy custom blazers that are designed specifically for them to their standards. If you’re considering a custom blazer, or you haven’t even thought about it before now, keep reading to learn more.
Find Your Tailor First
Buying a custom blazer allows you to get exactly what you want from a jacket – if you go to the right men’s tailor. That’s why it’s so important to pick one that you can clearly communicate with and one who understands the basic style you’re going for.
When you meet with a tailor who might be making custom blazers for you, make sure they’re familiar with the type of jacket you want.
Just sit down and talk with some of the best men’s tailors in your area and make sure they understand what style you’re going for and that they feel confident doing that.
A Good Fit Is Essential
One of the best things about custom blazers is that you have the ability to get the right fit. That’s not something you’re always able to do when you buy off the rack, even if you take that blazer to a good tailor.
When you’re buying custom, your tailor will take very detailed measurements and make sure that every part of the jacket fits the way you want it to.
The process really isn’t much different than a typical fitting for a suit, though you may need to come back one additional time to try on the jacket before it’s finished.
This little bit of extra effort really goes a long way though and most men who have custom blazers made think it is well worth it. Your tailor will also be able to keep your measurements to make custom blazers for you in the future if the same fit is still ideal.
Ordering custom blazers also allows you to pick the material for your jacket. Unlike buying off the rack, you’ll have an almost unlimited amount of choices, so you’ll be able to find your ideal material.
Whether you’re looking for a cotton plaid for the summer months, crisp linen for the spring or the heavy weight wool for the spring, your tailor will be able to show you may different options. Even hard to find, rare and very expensive materials are generally available when you order custom blazers.
Choose Your Style
Buying custom blazers also allows you to choose all of the styling that goes into your jacket.
For example, you might prefer a suit with very narrow lapels, or one with wider lapels. You might prefer an English cut, an Italian cut or a very modern, ultra-slim fit. Whatever you like, buying custom allows you to get that style.
If you’re not quite sure of what style you want, or at least not how to tell your tailor what you want, you’re not alone. Many men aren’t quite sure of how to tell their tailor to craft their ideal custom blazer.
Taking a blazer you already love with you is one option. Your tailor will be able to figure out what you like about it and what you want changed based on your conversation. Your tailor will also be able to show you some examples, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Decide on Details
Purchasing custom blazers from a good men’s tailor means you can pick out all of the details – everything from exterior pockets to inside pockets to whether or not you want a vent in the back. You’ll also be able to pick smaller details like the buttons and what material is used for the lining of your blazer.
If you’re not quite sure about all these details, that doesn’t mean you should skip buying a custom blazer. Your tailor can help you pick out great options for the blazer.
They’ve got plenty of choices and they can help you make an informed decision about what’s right for your look. They’ll also be able to help you find a jacket in your price range based on the details included.
What About Pricing?
You might think that you’re going to spend an arm and a leg if you buy custom blazers from a good tailor.
While buying custom isn’t always as cheap as off the rack, it’s hard to compare the quality of a custom blazer that’s made for you with something manufactured in a warehouse by a machine.
Yes, there are definitely good off the rack blazers out there and companies like Brioni are making some of the best in the world.
However, when you go for a custom blazer, you’ll be paying for something that’s exclusively made for you, in the styling you want and built for your body.
In general, if you want something a bit more basic, you’ll be in the same cost ballpark as buying a good quality blazer off the rack.