Custom Men Suit vs. Off-the-Rack Suits – Which One to Buy? Real Men Real Style Video Q&A


Custom Men Suit vs. Off-the-Rack Suits – Which
One to Buy_ Real Men Real Style Video Q&A Hi. I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. And today I’m going to be answering your questions, the one that I get
fairly often. And so, I wanted to go into it in a bit more detailed. That way, I can
answer this for you. I know there probably be hundreds, if not thousands of men that
are out there contemplating this question. And it goes something like this. This is actually
the question I received just the other day. ìHello, Antonio. My name is and I am 38 years
old. Iím in the market for starting a new wardrobe. I do have the fairly frequent occasion
to wear suits at formal events and I am wondering whether or not I should pursue custom made
suit is my initial new foundation suit, either in charcoal of navy or whether I should opt
to for a ready-to-wear suit with tailoring as needed. I would think this first option
would afford me the ability to learn those features in the suit, which will be most beneficial
of appealing to me before purchasing custom suit. If the ready-to-wear option would be
a good one, I would consider suits in a range of approximately $1200. Do you have any recommendations
for me?î And he gives a little bit of information about his height and weight. And heís around
five foot eleven, heís slender and he wears a 38 regular jacket and heís got a 31-inch
waste. He lives in Florida where itís hot and humid. And thatí the information that
I need. So, a custom is not for everyone. And that
may sound funny from custom clothier. Ideally, what, I want to clothe everybody and make
as much money as possible. But, really, guys, custom I find is really either a man wants
something very specific or heís hard to fit. Usually, you fall in one of those two categories.
And so, let me talk, you know, besides that, you also need to think about ñ he needs to
think about what are his needs about the fit as I mentioned, also talk about what are his
wants. So this does play in ñwe do get clients who simply want a custom. They want the prestige
that goes with that without having a label in there. Basically, itís their label. And
thereís also the cost benefit analysis and something I think is important. Are you getting
a good value? Is this something thatís going to be worth it for you? So, let me start off with the need. So, with
this gentleman, he says he wears it frequently. But, you know, thatís a pretty relative term
and the one I would probably ask them to clarify because if youíre only wearing this, I donít
know, maybe three to four times a year, I donít really see that as very frequent and
a custom ñ if you based it on that, it may not be the best option. Although ñ every
time you wear a suit, you want to look great, you know. Itís one of those things that if
youíre not going to be wearing it very often, you know, youíre probably not in this fears
in which a suit is ñ I just like people to put their money where itís going to be best
used. And if youíre only going to wear that suit, you know, for a wedding once a year.
I oftentimes think you can ñ itís probably worth your time to spend, you know, a lot
of time going out there and trying to find something that will work for you off the rack. Now, if youíre going to wear a suit 50 times
a year, letís say youíre an attorney or 20 times a year, and then all of a sudden
weíre talking about something different because I ñ you know, we try to make our suits at
the quality level that youíre going to get at least a decade of wear. And I donít recommend
you taking it to the cleaner. I mean, basically, I try to setup the stage so that you take
care of your suit that you brush it regularly, that you clean it when it needs to be clean.
And letís guess, you know, 20 wears over ten years, youíre talking 200 wears, which
if you spend, you know, a thousand dollars on a suit, weíre also talking five dollars
a wear and you look great in it every time. So in that case, the need to me is a little
bit more towards custom. But thatís only part of the equation. Letís talk about fit.
This is a huge one. And if youíre hard to fit, like this gentleman, heís 38 ñ wears
a 38 jacket, which is harder to find. Itís not impossible. I mean, you can pretty much
ñ but it is the lower end. Once you start getting into 36s and 34s, good luck. Iíve
read the entire articles about how to find, you know, this type of jackets. But basically,
youíre going to have to either shop abroad or youíre going to have to have something
custom made or youíre going to have to be in a larger city where theyíve actually got
stores which will dedicate it to a man with chest sizes, you know, that size. Itís just
not normal in the United States. Itís on ñ Iím not saying itís not normal. Itís
basically on the far end of the bell curve. And in anytime youíre on the end of those
bell curves when it comes to fit, whether youíre really big or youíre really thin
or youíre small, really short, thatís when you have trouble with fit. And all of a sudden, thatís when a custom
really starts to make sense because it goes down to ñ and Iíll jump down to, you know,
the cost benefit analysis. It comes down to time and money for a lot of guys. They donít have the time, and they need the
suit now and they need to look good. And theyíre going to go try to lend, letís say $500 or
multimillion dollar deal in business or theyíre going to be up in front of their congregation
and they really want to make a strong presence. In that case, you have to have, you know,
a great fitting suit. And if youíre hard to fit, you donít want to be up there and
look like a clown. If youíre giving a presentation in front of a group, you want them to focus
on you, your eyes, your face. Itís about communication. And you canít let your clothing
ñ your clothing should just enhance and then people should forget about it. And if itís thereís a distraction, then,
you know, itís pretty much failed in its purpose. So getting back to the cost benefit
analysis, this is where he has to say, ìOkay, time and money, do I have the money for this?
And is it worth my time?î Because pretty much any man, unless youíre the tallest man
in the world or one of the smallest, you can find a suit out there. Somewhere in the world,
that will fit you properly. Itís just a matter of time and of searching. I mean, I hear guys
looking for years, you know, going through thrift shops. But since I donít have any
resources, this works for them. Again, cost benefit analysis, time, money,
is it worth it to you? The last part is do you ñ what do you want? And this kind of
goes into need as well. I mean, heís down in Florida. So, he wants a fabric, which is
really a lightweight tropical wool. Itís going to be much harder for him to find that
if he walks in a JoS A. Banks or Menís Wearhouse. Actually, they make their stuff pretty thin.
But they use a lot of polyester fabrics. You donít want a polyester fabric if youíre
in a hot weather situation. In that case, you want to start looking towards something
that at least has 70 percent wool, six ñ yeah, 65 to 70 percent wool. Once you start
going below that, all of a sudden, you start running in issues with the blends that arenít
great. Ideally, though, you want a one hundred percent tropical weight wool in hot weather.
So this is both of want and a need because you can get away with it, you know, having
a polyester suit in Florida, but youíre going to sweat and youíre not going to look great.
But, you know, if youíre going to spend most of your time indoors again, you may be able
to get away with that. So what else, you know, you may want. Little
details. So youíll notice on, you know, this jacket right here, Iíve got this little detail,
Iíve got this unique fabric, which is pretty much ñ I mean, Iím not going to run in to
anyone else in the United States thatís going to have a fabric like this. itís very ñ
itís from a limited role. Little things like that were my wants. And Iím custom clothier,
so I could make this stuff happen. But, you know, patched packets. These little types
of details are wants but theyíre really cool if you wear your clothing, if this is something
that you use a lot and represents you. For a lot of guys, it brings a bit of confidence.
You know, itís like ñ itís like a carpenter having a great set of tools, what, you know,
whatever, you know, whether itíd be the wall or, you know, what else, you know ñ okay,
I donít know my carpentry tools super well. But it is something that you see these guys
go out and they spend a lot of money on good equipment. You know what? Because good equipment
does a great job, itís dependable and you feel good about it and you donít, you know,
have to worry about it breaking on you in the middle of the job. The same thing with clothing, for a lot of
professions. So, if youíre a doctor and youíve got to go meet with the board, theyíre at
the hospital, you donít want them just walking on your scrabsuit for them. They talk to you
as, you know, one of the doctors or one of the, you know, the staff there. You want to
go in on the same level as these guys and theyíre going to be wearing suits, you want
to look great in a suit and you want to know ñ and in that case, itís worth spending
money, especially if youíre hard to fit or if you want a particular detail, which just
goes to show you pay attention to the details. If youíre a lawyer, again, this is where
presentation is very important. If youíre a businessman, if youíre in sales,
perhaps you want a particular color which, you know, youíre going to get the fit right
on your suit, which is going to say a lot and people like dealing with healthy people.
Thatís what, you know, a great fit. Thatís what a great looking suit really does for
a man. It makes them look healthy. So, getting to, you know, the gentlemanís question, is
a custom suit, is this what you want to build your foundation on? I think it comes down
to, does it fit your need? Are you hard to fit? And does it have a cost benefit analysis?
And do you really want it? To me, it sounds like this gentleman is on the fence. Heís
a bit hard to fit but a price range heís looking at, he could go ñ at this point,
I think he could go either way. I need to learn a bit more about them and I think a
lot is going to play into his wants. In addition too, Iíd like to learn more about his needs
and how often heís going to be wearing this in addition to what his luck has been going
out there and looking and trying his jacket on. He may have a bit of ñ he may stoop over
a bit. He may have vigor extents. Little things like this all of a sudden make you harder
to fit. And thatís where a custom clothier like me specializes in. All right. So, hope
I didnít confuse you, hope I clarified the situation. But, you know, the big thing I
want to get across is itís not a black and white answer. Every man is unique and every
man has to make the decision for himself. And thatís why itís very important that
you take the time to educate yourself in the foundations of menís style. This is Antonio with Real Men Real Style.
Take care.

18 thoughts on “Custom Men Suit vs. Off-the-Rack Suits – Which One to Buy? Real Men Real Style Video Q&A

  1. Price is the number one reason – 99% of men I know do not have an unlimited budget.

  2. Not always – you have to be careful and use a trusted business. Counterfeit fabrics are very common (meaning it says 100% wool made in Italy and it's really 30% wool made in China).

  3. Hi, I am buying my first suit and and lost on what color I should get or should I get solid or stripes. I take your suggestion, I am in the USMC im 24 yr old and Shave my head bald, I am 5'11", caucasion with a slight tan and am in good physical shape. What are your ideas on color of suit.

  4. A suit for $1,000 is a starter of good quality. A suit needs to be made of wool, in the 100's. If not, buy any cheap brands… A tailor can make a perfect suit for about $1,300 in nice wool for you.

    The choice in unlimited in colors and level of quality (a real tailor, not a wannabe).

    Just got a Vitale Barberis for $1,400, superb 🙂

  5. Hey Antonio! I was wondering what your thoughts are on e-Tailors like Indochino and Tailor4Less, both of which provide "custom tailoring" based on customer-provided measurements are requests. They also reimburse the customer up to $75 in alterations from local tailors if provided with the receipt. I have heard that the fabric quality isn't premium, but everything else is legit.

  6. Hi Antonio. I'm wondering why does your suits have a indentation at the top of the arm? My suits do the same thing, is this normal? I have a athletic build and wear a size 48r,48l,50r depending on the cut.

  7. You really know how to market suits. These videos are very well done. Thanks for posting.

  8. Honestly, I have an excellent tailor and, because I can see the product beforehand, I usually go off the rack and mod-it to fit. Anyway, my tailor told me to go off the rack. Honestly, I had another tailor tell me I looked good — he couldn't tell the difference. For full price, which I don't normally pay, I'd go custom though. Oh yeah, I wear a 38 and sales are frequent on them. Usually I wear a blazer and pants anyway so I can get the pants one place and the jacket somewhere else.

  9. Hi Antonio, I really enjoy very one of your videos, they are a gentlemen's treasure. Now I have a Question; I use suits 4 time a week all year long, and I have several brands, Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and Huntsman, but I'm always looking for that special suit that will make me fill like the president of USA, jajajajaja… now what brand of suit is out there that will make me look and feel like I want. I'm a 42 regular and 36 waist, with 33 inseam, and I'm 6ft tall 195lb…my wife said that I'm just a insatiable suit freak…please help

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  11. Hi Antonio, simply outstanding videos, my go to source for all my style advice.
    Here's my question. I work in Medical Sales and wear suits on a daily basis. Typically, I buy the higher end variety from Men's Wearhouse, and with the right tailoring, that has suited my needs just fine. But I'm a big guy, 6'7" 275lbs and the current trend of slim fit suits just isn't working for me. Their uncomfortable and restrictive. I thinking about going custom but need a recommendation

  12. Is this a good charcoal gray suit?

    https://combatgent.com/suits/the-grey-slim-fit-suit

  13. I love the content. When do you figure you'll do a John Wick style tips video?

  14. Hi Antonio is there's a way I can get materials for starting a tailoring bussiness? To increase my knowledge on the industry.

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