Most men assume a custom tailored suit is out of reach, and rightfully so. It’s a big investment in both money and time, but a well-made bespoke can be deconstructed and used beyond the occasion you originally bought it for.
“When the jacket, vest, shirt, and pants are separated and paired with casual attire like jeans, chinos, sweaters, and cardigans,” says Derek Tian, co-founder of Black Lapel. “They can be worn to just about any venue.”
Your best first option is a navy suit, which is versatile enough to be worn casually or dressed up. “A solid 2-buttoned with notch lapels is dark enough for an elegant indoor wedding,” Tian says, “and pairs well with just about any colored shirt, tie, shoe, and belt combination.”
When getting fitted for your first bespoke suit, be sure the shoulders of your jacket turn sharply down like a cliff just past your natural shoulder points, and the sleeves end where your palm meets your wrist. “Ask about construction quality, and materials like bull horn buttons and Bemberg or silk inner lining.”
Either way, it’s a sharp investment. Here’s how to style each piece.