Even fashionable men go to the department store or menswear store to pick out a suit jacket. You get one that you like, with a fit that’s pretty close to what you need, then you take the jacket to your tailor for some finishing touches. That’s the process most men choose, anyway.

However, there’s a better option out there, especially for men who want a truly special wardrobe that won’t make you look like every other guy walking down the street. You can get a custom suit jacket made just for you, tailored to your desires, needs and exact specifications.

While a lot of guys think that a custom suit jacket is going to cost as much as a down payment on a new car, the truth is that a great jacket is within reach of almost every employed man. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of ordering a custom suit jacket for your wardrobe.


Finding the right fit for your custom suit jacket is absolutely the most important factor when it comes to how good you look. If you don’t get the fit you want, you won’t look like a million bucks. You’ll look like you bought a jacket off the rack and didn’t get it tailored. Worse than that, you’ll feel that way too.

When you’re getting ready to order a custom suit jacket, you can have any fit that you want. Take some time go through magazines and find styles that you like and can see see on yourself. Use the internet as a resource for photos you can show your tailor.

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If you have jackets you already love and you simply want them in a different material or color, take them with you to show the tailor! Your tailor wants as much guidance as they can get so they can help you achieve your perfect style.

Guys that don’t know exactly what they want or can’t find anything that really matches them can still have a custom suit jacket made. In fact, men who don’t know exactly what’s right for them can often benefit the most from working with a skilled tailor.

Let your tailor show you a few options and guide you toward something that’s stylish today, but fits your personal needs. Skilled tailors know what’s popular, but they also know what’s appropriate for your lifestyle.

Choosing Your Material

Having a custom suit jacket made just for you means that you’ll be able to pick a material that you really want instead of just choosing from what’s available at the store that day. That also means that you can get something that really fills a gap in your wardrobe.

Men that don’t have a lot of suit jackets in their closet should look for a durable material that can be worn throughout the year, at least on days when it isn’t freezing or over 90-degrees. Materials like tropical wool and Super 120 are ideal.

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Guys that already have the basics in their closet should consider different materials. Heavyweight wools with a lot of texture are very popular right now, especially in colors like olive, rust and brown. They’re also ideal for the cold winter months.

If you’re looking for something for warm weather, you really can’t go wrong with linen and lightweight blends. Cream, red and high blue are stylish colors that will serve you well for the next few years.


The style of your custom suit jacket is obviously important, but if you’re like a lot of guys, you’re not even sure what a stylish suit jacket is anymore. You’re not alone, and while your tailor can guide you, there are a few basic styles you should know about.


Slim fit custom suit jackets that hug the body and fit snugly around the waist have been popular for years. They look refined and well-tailored, even on men that have a couple of extra pounds around the middle.

Another style, especially for older men who don’t want that ultra slim fit, is a more English or Italian cut. These will both give you more room in the body and the arms.

Double-breasted suits are also very popular this year, and they seem to really be making a comeback in the high fashion world. You’ll be ahead of the curve if you like the style and you look good in a bigger jacket.


One of the best things about having a custom suit jacket made is that you can choose almost anything you want. That means that you can pick a jacket that’s incredibly versatile, and something you can wear with jeans, slacks or layered with sweaters and scarves.

When you buy a custom suit jacket, make sure you let your tailor know that you want a multi-purpose jacket instead of something designed just for jeans, like an unstructured blazer, or just for slacks, like a jacket with shoulder padding.

Your tailor can help you get a style that fits multiple looks.


Brands aren’t the most important thing in the world, but known brands often indicate quality. When you’re shopping for a custom suit jacket, look for quality like Brioni, Canali, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Hickey Freeman, Jack Victor and Coppley.

With these brands and a skilled tailor, you’ll get a high quality custom suit jacket that will hold up and remain stylish for years to come.


Ralph Lauretta

About Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.


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