Should You Buy A Bespoke Suit At A Young Age (13-16)?
A bespoke suit is a statement about yourself. It is tailored with your specific image, style, and body size in mind. It is designed to fit perfectly to match every curve and angle in your body and it’s a must-have in every professional wardrobe. But what about teens? Do they need to have a bespoke suit?
What Exactly Is A Bespoke Suit?
A bespoke suit is a custom, hand-stitched suit that is made to be uniquely yours. It is not like a custom suit where you visit a tailor, get your measurements taken, and then revisit the tailor for a fitting or two until it is ready.
A bespoke suit will take much longer to complete and a lot more money to get perfect. When you first visit a bespoke tailor, over 30 different measurements will be taken with pinpoint accuracy to ensure that they have all the information on file for a perfect fit. You will then have to decide on the materials and style you want for the suit, which will also depend on your budget.
From that point, the tailor will get to work on the suit and you will be called in for multiple fittings, typically over 5 times, in order to check the fit on your body. This process can take anywhere between 3 weeks to 2 months until the suit is ready.
You won’t see the average person wearing a bespoke suit for casual purposes. This is because of the amount of time and money that will need to be spent to get this suit fitted.
Can A Young Person Purchase A Bespoke Suit?
There is nothing stopping any person, young or old, from purchasing a bespoke suit. Anyone can visit their tailor and get a suit made if they have the finances for it. But, do teens really need a bespoke suit?
The two biggest factors we have to keep in mind for this question are the following:
- The suit fit
The suit fit
Bespoke suits a tailored to fit your body like a glove. For this reason, it is always recommended that anyone looking to get one stitched should be in the body shape they want to be in before going ahead with the measurements. This is because any small change in your body change is going to make the suit uncomfortable and won’t look as good on you anymore.
Getting the suit refitted is a long and difficult process and will require more money and more time spent on it than is absolutely necessary for a suit. A bespoke suit is meant to last for over a decade. It uses the finest materials and the best stitching techniques to ensure that the person can keep that suit looking amazing for years to come.
The problem with young people tailoring a bespoke suit is that their bodies are still developing. Teenagers especially are quite prone to growth spurts and other changes. It is even possible for them to go in for measurements on the first day and then have different measurements when they go in for the final fitting.
This makes the tailoring process difficult as the tailor will have to adjust the suit constantly, and if the suit is made, that young person would be able to enjoy wearing the suit once or, if possible, twice. Having spent so much time and money on the suit, this seems like a big waste and they would be better off purchasing a normal custom suit for the time being.
Bespoke suits can cost two or three times as much as a custom suit. In general, a custom suit will cost upwards of $800, while a lower-tier bespoke suit can cost upwards of $2,800.
It’s safe to say that these suits are expensive. But, there is a reason for why it is so. Unlike custom suits which are machine-stitched, bespoke suits are done by hand and take considerably longer to stitch than a custom suit. Therefore, unless you have the money to throw around as a young adult, a bespoke suit is not a prudent financial decision.
If you have the money for it, then go ahead, there’s nothing stopping you. But keep in mind that the suit won’t last long if your teen is still growing – and it’s a huge investment to make for something that’s temporary. If you want to discuss suit options for teens, why not get in touch with our friendly team today and we’ll be happy to talk options with you.