From my personal experience, fashion can be pretty hard to follow if you don’t know what people are talking about. So I thought that starting the S**t Guys Should Know About Fashion segment would be a great way to unravel most of the jargon you hear or read about fashion.
If you’ve got any confusing terms to add to the list, just drop them in the comments section and I’ll be happy to help!
Today’s mystery fashion term is:
Bespoke usually refers to any custom-made item of clothing (anything from a sort to suit).
Bespoke pieces are made to measure and are highly customisable, great for those whole are after unique looks.
A few tips to consider when ordering bespoke pieces:
- Before you start thinking about your bespoke piece have a look at samples at the tailor’s studio/shop, it’ll give you an idea of his/her style of cutting. If it matches your taste then go for it!
- Make sure the tailor cuts patterns based on YOUR set of measurements, if he doesn’t then you what you’re getting won’t be bespoke.
- Make sure the fabrics, linings and buttons are the best possible, remember it’s an investment piece so second best won’t do.
- Make sure it’s handmade, the benefit of bespoke pieces is that they are usually made by tailors and cutters who have been in the business for generations.
- Lastly, don’t rush for the big names or labels, the most important opinion is yours so go with what feels right to you.
Here’s some of my favourite tailoring form Spring/Summer 2012: