Tailored Suit vs. Off The Rack – Which Is Best?

April 5, 2017
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A well fitting suit is a must have in any man’s wardrobe. Whether you wear them on a daily basis to work, or keep them exclusively for special occasions, it’s vital to have a great suit on hand for when you need it.

It can be a challenge through when getting a new suit to decide if you should simply purchase one off the rack, or get one tailored. If you’re unsure of what’s best for you, check out our helpful guide below.


Depending on what your budget is will likely influence if you choose to go for a tailored suit or one off the rack. When it comes to off the rack, you can get ones from cheaper high street stores, or go for designer; both will have vastly different prices. But if you’re on a budget, you should be able to find some good quality off the rack suits.  In contract, because tailored suits are made to your specifications (think size, material, shape) these are generally a bit pricer than an off the rack choice and better if you’re looking for an investment piece.


An off the rack suit is unlikely to fit you perfectly because everyone is a completely different size and shape. You might find that the suit you buy off the rack is a bit big or too small in certain areas. Whilst this might be okay for some situations, you might consider investing to have a tailored suit made that will be better quality and last much longer.

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There are hundreds of shops that will sell good quality off the rack suits. However, you might find that they are all pretty similar in terms of style and colour. You might find one that suits you perfectly, but if you’re looking for a suit that’s a bit different or unique, then a tailored suit might be better for you. You’ll be able to choose material, pattern and the style, to make a completely bespoke suit that suits your personality and style perfectly.


If you’re looking for a quick fix option, perhaps you’ve got a wedding coming up and you’ve left it till the last minute, then off the rack can be a great option. There are plenty of options to suit different price points, and if you never wear it again, it’s cheap enough not to matter. A cheaper option is also more likely to show wear and tear over a shorter timeframe.  If you’re looking for a much longer lasting option, then a tailored suit is a better option. With a professional tailor making the suit to fit you perfectly, it will last much longer, and the quality will be higher, making it a far better investment option.

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