A bespoke suit flatters every wearer, never goes out of style, and has the power all on its own to imbue a sense of confidence and prominence in even the meekest of gentlemen (and women!). When you don a bespoke suit, you will instantly feel like a king amongst men, or a queen amongst women.
Ask any sartorial pro, and he or she will tell you that your first visit to a tailor is akin to a rite of passage, much like your first date or your first car. Read on for advice on everything you’ll need to know so you can see eye-to-eye with your tailor, ask for exactly what it is that you want, and ultimately, get a transformational garment as a result.
A navy suit is certainly the best place to start. Although mid-grey probably suits more people (in terms of skin tone) navy is the most versatile. It will suit any office, can be dressed up or down, and in the former case can even double as a form of evening wear.
Err away from a three-piece, unless it is something you have your heart set on. It will add substantially to the cost of the suit and is unlikely to get that much wear. Perhaps ask the tailor to order a waistcoat-length of the cloth, so that you can always have it made later.
Stick to classic material and cut, with nothing extravagant. A nice 11- or 13-ounce worsted, perhaps with some surface interest, (pencil stripe or faint check) for a little personality. Two button, or three-roll-two, two vents, no pleats, no turn-ups.