In today’s era, the world of fashion is experiencing a shift in focus. Style is being defined as class plus comfort. Till now, the belief was that formal clothes were usually not comfortable. In Victorian times, the gentlemen wore such tight fitting coats that they had to be helped in by their valets. The points of the neck ties were so starched and high, that head movement was a pain. Somewhere this thought lingered on in the realms of the subconscious mind, but not any longer. The writing on the wall is very clear, formal clothes have to be comfortable.
One can turn around and say that their bespoke suits are not well made and are not comfortable. Sometimes it can happen that personal measurements are taken and the handcrafted product is not stitched to the individual’s liking. The situation to watch out for, while getting measured for a bespoke suit, is to keep one’s natural posture. There is an irresistible temptation to straighten the back and pull the tummy in. Believe me, it doesn’t work. Once the suit is stitched and worn over a long period of time, it may feel uncomfortable. After all, for how long can one keep the back ramrod straight or tummy tucked in?
It also doesn’t help if formal clothes are picked up from an array of off the rack clothing. Neither the fit nor the quality may appeal after the second wear. Often clothes a size smaller are picked up, in the hope that there will be weight loss. These, too, land up as being undesirable after some time.
Clothes should fit like a comfortable second skin. The fitting is where attention has to be focused as it is the first appearance of the individual which is a statement of the personality of the individual. Self-esteem and assurance come from knowing that the outfit is smart and well-fitting and the exterior presented to the world inspires confidence in the onlooker.
The basic criterion is ease while wearing the clothes along with a high feel-good factor.
Moreover, an individual is hardly likely to perform at his best in the corporate setting if he is not comfortable. If the shirt is tight, he could be squirming in his seat. On the other hand, if the shirt is loose, it could bunch up under the jacket. If the trousers are loose fit or baggy, he knows he is not looking smart and his confidence is affected. Trousers that are too tight are again not smart or appealing. The coat or jacket needs to be smart and sophisticated. An ill-fitting one will spoil the appearance completely.
The important aspect then is the fit. It has been found out that often a proper fit is not known. In general, clothes should be comfortable, neither loose-fittingnor tight.If the clothes fit well, small changes in weight will not affect the look. Also, the fact is that even major changes can be accommodated by alterations by skilled tailors. The essential feature is a good fit in the first place.
While shopping for the perfect ensemble, it is the individual’s responsibility to be very clear about what he wants along with its suitability and features. Sometimes he needs to be careful and not get swayed by the options available or the salesmen at the counter. At the end of the day it is he who is going to wear the clothes, and he has to be selective and certain of his choices.
It is a wonderful feeling to put on an ensemble that complements the wearer and sits well on the physique. The individual’s confidence and assurance are at a peak, knowing that his appearance is impressive and cannot be faulted.
For perfect fitting and thus comfort, bespoke clothing makes perfect sense. Bespoke clothing are made to custom fit a person and hence provides best fitting and absolute comfort.
Thus it is highly recommended that every individual build up a wardrobe which consists of clothes that ‘speak’ or ‘sync’ with him. Of course, it will take a certain amount of time, effort and resources. He need not search through retail stores for off the rack outfits, but keep in mind that custom made clothes will give him the fit, quality and durability, specifically according to his physique and tastes, at reasonable rates.
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