When most men think of buying a suit, they imagine going to their local department store or menswear store and pulling something off the rack. That something is probably a basic color – one that’s good for all occasions such as, black, charcoal, navy or khaki for summer.

Some men may then take that off the rack suit to a tailor to get it fitted, especially if the pants come unfinished. Most men are perfectly content just buying off the rack and wearing suits as if they fit relatively well.

That’s not the way to look your best at work and in your personal life. Most men still think custom suits are only for big shots and bosses, but the truth is, there’s a revolution happening in the custom suit industry.

In today’s market, you can get custom suits that match your budget, your body and your sense of style. Keep reading to learn more about why you need custom suits in your life.

You might not be the big shot boss yet, but if you want to get into that executive chair at some point, dressing the part certainly isn’t going to hurt. It’s easier than you think today.

Better Fit

Suits you buy off the rack get made in a handful of sizes that are perfect for mannequins. But most of you aren’t shaped like a mannequin. Even if you do find a suit that’s a decent fit off the rack, you’ll likely still only be getting 90% of what the right fit truly is. 

When you buy custom suits instead, you’ll work with a skilled craftsman that can help you get the right fit for your shoulders, midsection and everything else. Unless you happen to have a body like a plastic display rack, getting a little extra help from a tailor can go a long way toward helping you look your best. 

If you’ve got a little paunch you want to hide or any other problems, custom suits can make you look slimmer, leaner and meaner. Very tall, short, large and small men can also get an ideal fit without having to hunt for something in their size for six months or resorting to specialty shops with limited selections. 

Pick Your Style

A suit that matches your personal style can be hard to find, at least if you want something other than the most basic of basic suits. After all, that’s what most stores have on the racks because that’s what most men want and need.

If you’re looking for something unique, whether that’s a different color such as red or green, an interesting design or decorative buttons, custom is definitely the way to go.

When you meet with your tailor, you’ll be able to pick from a wide range of materials and details to help you get the suit you just haven’t been able to find at your local department store. As we already told you, that custom suit is going to fit a whole lot better too.

Stop Being Boring

There’s nothing wrong with some basic suits, but if you really want to get ahead by dressing the part, maybe you should stop blending in quite so much? With custom suits in your closet, you can begin to stand out from the pack and look like the leader you want to be.

You don’t have to go crazy and stock up on yellow suits or fit all your jackets with solid gold buttons though. Working with your tailor to get something closer to a style that fits you, whether that’s double-breasted jackets or a perfect slim fit, they can help you get out in front of the pack instead of being stuck firmly in the middle.

Consider Cost

When you buy suits right off the rack, quality control is often an issue. If you pay a premium for a name brand, you might think you’ll be getting a great suit. In some cases that’s true, but a suit with a big name stitched into isn’t always worth its weight in gold.

Buying custom suits means you can pick out materials of top quality. You can also choose materials that fit your budget, so even if you aren’t ready to spend $2,500 on a suit, you don’t have to go with suits on the sale rack.

Quality Matters

When buying a suit, not only should the price and the quality of the materials for what they’re worth should be important to you, but buying a suit that’s going to last is important as well. When you buy custom suits from skilled tailors, you have the ability to get something that will stay in your wardrobe for many years to come.

If you’re just building your collection of suits for work, getting something that will be stylish and durable for years should be a major consideration. That’s especially true if you’re just entering the workforce and not ready to buy for designer suits yet.

Even if you’ve got plenty of cash, why would you want to spend more than you need to in order to get a good suit? Buy quality custom suits in your price range and you’ll never regret it.


Going to a dozen different department stores, menswear stores and specialty shops looking for that perfect suit isn’t the best way to spend your time. Today, tailors who make custom suits can schedule you for in-shop appointments that will be over before you can say custom suit.

Many will even come to your office to take measurements. Why spend all of your valuable free time looking for suits for work and trying to find a tailor who can make them look better?

Go for custom suits and get the fit, style and quality you want without the time commitment of shopping around. Whether you just got out of school and have gotten yourself your first job, or you’ve been out in the working world for 10, 20 or 30 years, custom suits are always a smart choice.

Not only will they serve you well at work, they’ll also give you a few pieces in your wardrobe that are perfect for those social occasions when your favorite blue jeans and t-shirt just won’t cut it. Invest in a few quality custom suits and you won’t regret it, no matter what kind of job you have today.


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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