Suit Yourself

Why settle for off-the-rack style when you can customize a suit to meet all needs?

Made to Measure suit fabric selection

Did you know there’s a fine clothing option in between off-the-rack and fully custom-made? In the Woodbury Mens Shop Made-To-Measure program, a garment is tailored to the exact specifications of your body. First you pick a style from one of our famous designers —Belvest, Ravazzolo, Trussini and Coppley, for example. Then work with our stylists to essentially “build” the precise garment you require, choosing length, lapel, cuff, collar, buttons, pockets, pleat—and material. And your “material world” is a broad one. Consider:

Made to Measure suit jacket fit

Wool is the go-to fabric for most men’s suits and lightweight or tropical wools are surprisingly breathable. Merino, cashmere and angora are all fine options, but worsted wool is most commonly used. Wool is absorbent, able to hold 20 percent of its weight in moisture, keeping you feeling dry and comfortable. Check the “super” or S number—higher numbers mean a finer, more luxe material. But unless you plan to replace your suit each year, avoid numbers above 180. After that, the material is so fragile that it shows wear quickly. Cashmere is often blended with wool; its fibers are less durable than wool but contribute to a gentle, supple “hand”, or feel against the skin.

Made to Measure suit sleeve length

 

Sparing no expense? Silk is a great all-weather option—it can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Prone to puckering, it requires careful, detail-oriented tailoring. It doesn’t hold a form well, but a blend such as silk and wool can reduce draping. Still uncertain which fabric to choose? The professionals at Woodbury Mens Shop can help you pick the one that suits you best.

Thanks for reading!

Stay sharp,

-WMS

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