This is a question that many uninitiated men ask. And it’s understandable given that made-to-measure or bespoke suits take longer and cost more than off-the-rack alternatives which can be quickly and easily picked up from any high street. But there is so much more to suiting than simply throwing on a jacket and a pair of trousers and, as the saying goes if something is worth doing it’s worth doing properly. 

Suiting is the epitome of male attire. The modern suit has adapted over me but one thing that has remained throughout the history of the garment is its air of authority. A suit demonstrates

professionalism in the working environment and respect on other occasions. But more than that, it is designed in such a way that it enhances your silhouette and makes you look your best. But that can only be the case if the suit fits perfectly.

So why don’t off-the-rack suits fit?

Next time you’re in a busy shopping precinct or on a street, take a look at the people around you. You’ll pretty soon realize they all look different. Different heights, body shapes, shoulder widths, arm lengths, the list goes on. Because there is no average size and build. And yet off-the-rack suits are made to fit an average size. The intention, of course, is that most aspects of the suit fit most people of a similar size, most of the time. Is that going to give you the enhanced silhouette and sharp look a suit should provide? Of course not. The truth is that an off-the-rack suit will nearly fit most people in some aspects.

Added benefits of a made to measure suit

The obvious benefit of a suit crafted to your size is that it will look far better than one bought off-the-rack. You won’t have shoulder divots or crumbling around the ankles or wrists. Neither will you have a jacket that swamps you or that is so tight it prevents you from moving your arms comfortably. But the plus points of bespoke suiting go beyond that. You’ll look the part and command respect. You’ll feel more comfortable and you’ll have added confidence knowing that you look on point. That confidence will lift your spirit and your mood which will add further gravitas to your demeanor, in turn increasing the respect and authority you command. It may sound like a bold statement, but a well-fitting suit really can open doors to you.


At Exclusive Tailor in Phuket, we specialize in custom-made suits for men. But we don’t think bespoke suiting should be reserved for the rich and famous. That’s why we aim to make tailored suits available to all men, so if you’re worried that a bespoke suit might cost the earth, think again. For details of our suiting range, to place an order or for any queries or questions, head to our website


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