Tailored clothes may sound like a luxury reserved for the 1%, but they are a good investment for professionals at all levels. While they may cost more than off-the-rack selections, they’re beautifully and durably constructed and custom fitted, so they will last longer and look better. Both men and women can enjoy the benefits of tailored clothes. Men whose work wardrobe consists of suits are the primary customers for tailored clothes, but blazers, shirts and sport coats all look better tailored, and women’s suits and pantsuits also benefit from tailoring.

Custom fit is the primary reason to invest in tailored clothes. When clothes are built to your shape, they’ll have enough room for comfort without being baggy or formless. This is key to maximizing the flattering quality of your outfits. If off-the-rack clothing doesn’t fit you perfectly, you may be wearing oversized garments, which can make you appear shorter and rounder, or undersized garments, which can make you look awkward and gangly. Also, it’s hard to look and feel your best if collars or waistbands are cutting into you or restricting your movement.

Flattering cuts and styles are the expert domain of professional tailors. They’ll be able to advise you according to your shape and style on questions like lapel width, gussets, pleats, taper, collar shape and more. They’ve dressed thousands of people and they know how to bring out the best in you by highlighting your best qualities and diverting attention from any problem areas..

Efficiency: unless you love shopping–or are up against a deadline–the turnaround time for a custom tailored piece is well worth it. Your initial investment of arranging a consultation and a fitting will take less time in the long run than searching through multiple stores, with dozens of visits to the fitting room. This is especially true if you’re not built to match the standard proportions on which clothing manufacturers rely. Wouldn’t you rather be guaranteed a perfectly fitted answer to your wardrobe needs than to come up empty-handed despite hours of effort?

Tailored clothes last a long time. They are built well out of the highest quality materials, and all elements are carefully selected for maximum performance. The weight of the fabric, the interfacing, the stitch length and more are all calculated to make the garment look its best and retain its shape for a long time. They’re also easier to alter than mass-produced garments. Once you develop a relationship with a tailor, it’s much easier to bring items back to him if your weight distribution changes. Tailored clothes are also less likely to require any repairs.

You can express yourself. Instead of being limited by off-the-rack availability, you can have the colors, prints, stripes and shapes you prefer. Maybe the fashion world is in love with the narrow lapel, but you like them wider; maybe double-breasted suits aren’t in vogue, but you want to make a vintage statement. The tailor will bring your vision alive.

So, do you want to look and feel your best in clothing that will fit you well and will last? Then be sure to visit one of our 5 convenient Twin Cities locations to take advantage of our expert tailoring and alteration services to help you look your best and maintain the look of your garments! Learn more or find a location.