There comes a time in every man’s life where he needs to put the Converse back in the cupboard, tuck away his Element hoodie, and invest in a good suit. It is a landmark event in progressing from a boy to a man. A good suit is an investment. It’s something to stand alongside you for decades to come. It will be with you through weddings, funerals, parties, and numerous other landmark occasions that will help to define a man.
I’ve owned a few suits over the years, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes with my purchases. I’ve not done my research beforehand and I’ve wasted hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds on suits that don’t fit, or are the wrong style for the purpose, or are not versatile enough for my wardrobe and occasions. Next weekend I will be the best man at my Dad’s wedding, and I decided it was time to get serious and suit up. When undertaking a task like this the first challenge is to acknowledge your shortcomings, and I was well aware of mine. Whilst I may know plenty about music, film, design, whatever, I was out of my depth when it comes to formal wear, and it was time to call in the big guns. First chance possible I contacted our good friends at Indochinoand they took me under their wing.
For those who aren’t aware, Indochino is a US based MTM formal wear retailer. “What’s MTM mean Felix?” I hear you ask. Basically, suits are split out into 3 main types. The ones you’ll generally see in shops are “off the rack”, which means they have been designed for a generic body type to a set pattern, and whilst they can be modified to a certain extent you are limited in how much you can change it. Secondly, you have MTM (made to measure) suits, such as Indochino. These suits are still designed based on a set pattern, but you provide the tailor with a wide variety of measurements beforehand to ensure the materials are prepared precisely to your size. Finally, there are tailored suits which are designed from scratch to suit your body shape. Now, there is a group of people who are lucky enough to have no issues with buying suits straight off the rack. Godspeed to them, but not all of us are blessed with mannequin bodies and can end up with a really badly fitting suit. On the other end of the scale, fully tailored suits will cost upwards of £2-3k and are therefore not accessible for the majority of the population. That’s where MTM services like Indochino fit in. For the average person who is looking to get a suit to last but hasn’t got the financial freedom to get a fully tailored suit MTM is a perfect solution. They’ve actually written quite extensively on the topic if you’d like to find out more about why to buy a custom suit.
Indochino are one of the major players in the MTM market, and have got a lot of success recently from their social media savviness and community management. They genuinely seem to care for their customers and anyone who reads /r/mfa will have inevitably seen their name pop up over and over again. Therefore, they seemed a no brainer to help me begin my mission and I immediately got in contact. Over the next few weeks there will be a series of articles talking about the process of finding the perfect suit, including measuring yourself properly, picking the right type of suit for your occasion, matching it with the right accessories, and generally guiding our readers on how to get the best bang for their buck. Have you recently bought a suit? Are you in the market for one? If you’ve got any specific questions or want any advice, please let us know in the comments and both Indochino and Control The Riot would love to help!