How does the fit of your suit measure up?

How does your suit measure up?

Over the years, the shape of the average male has evolved. Yet thus far, retailers have failed to adapt to the 21st century male, forcing bigger men to shop with limited options, as retailers ignore calls to cater for this ever growing market.

Choice spokeswoman, Ingrid Just noted back in 2012; “What we’re essentially identifying is that there is a whole market out there that many designers and retailers aren’t necessarily tapping into,” Ms Just said. “Consumers are finding themselves quite frustrated by not being able to buy clothes that suit their bodies.”

When the off the rack collections are based on an ‘Average population’ which as we know, no longer exists, the demand for big men’s clothes escalates. Men’s style blogs and magazines religiously uphold the mantra of clothing fitted to the ‘individual’. But not all men are built the same.

Ron Bennett, originally established in 1888, have understood this for decades opening a division dedicated to big & tall men over 30 years ago catering for larger men from 2XL to 7XL and above. If you want the last word in a perfect fit however, you will need to consider a made to measure or bespoke solution.

What’s the difference between the two? Made to measure is where the tailor will start with a template or ‘master garment’ and make multiple plus or minus adjustments to get the right fit for every individual. Whereas a bespoke tailor will take measurements directly off the client’s body and start from a complete blank canvas.

While a regular tailor might take limited measurements and have you on your way, a bespoke tailor will take over 30 measurements for a suit and shirt combination, to ensure a uniquely personal fit can be achieved.

Measuring for a perfect suit
More than 30 measurements are required in the making of a perfectly fitted suit

When fitting master garments, tailoring starts at the shoulder, every imperfection of the body is revised and taken into account. A bespoke tailor will understand that while two clients may both have 40” chest 36” waist 42” hips, the patterns could be completely different due to figuration and balance.

They will also take a client’s lifestyle factors into account from fabric selection to body shape limitations and diversity. Consideration of a clients posture/shoulder stance/back curvature and alignment are also critical in achieving the right result.

Body posture
A client’s natural posture must be taken into account to achieve the right result

Continuing its lineage of providing the pinnacle of perfectly fitting menswear – regardless of your shape or size – Ron Bennett has recently launched its own made to measure division: ‘Sew253‘. The services available range from bespoke suit tailoring to entire personalised wardrobes.

Sew253

If you would like to know more, just contact Jessica Urriola for an obligation-free consultation:
Email: jessica@sew253.com.au or call 0401 522381.

And remember: choosing the right tailor can make the difference between a pricey unwearable mistake and a custom wardrobe that will fill the wearer with confidence.

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Michael Phelps: Tall Man with Style

He is now officially the most decorated Olympian of all time and while we are used to seeing this incredible American swimmer collecting gold at the Olympics, Michael Phelps faces the challenge of many men when it comes to dressing outside the pool. At 6 foot 4 inches, he needs to find clothes that cater to his huge athletic frame and build.

We know that it can be challenging for any big and tall man to find clothing that suits him, but it shouldn’t mean you can’t show your own definitive style. Here’s Michael Phelps looking cool in a simple white T Shirt.

It’s all about coordinating your clothes to find your own specific style and look. A decent fitting pair of jeans can set the tone for any street-smart ensemble. Throw on a casual shirt and you’ve got yourself a great edgy look.

For a more refined occasion, it is as simple as matching a stylish suit with a smart, comfortable shirt.

Being a big and tall man doesn’t mean you have to cut back on suave style. Just look at how Michael Phelps wears this classic black suit and tie combination.

For more great looks for big and tall men, be sure to check out Ron Bennett Big Mens full range in our online store.