What's the difference between ready to wear and made to measure?

Posted 13/09/2019 14:53

Made to measure

Ready to wear, or otherwise known as ‘off the peg’ simply means it’s ready to go. You can try on a suit and take it away with you that same day. With made to measure, the suit is created especially for you and it will take 6-8 weeks before it is complete.

We wanted to discuss the differences between the two and why you may choose to opt for one over the other. So, what are the differences?

Ready to wear/off the peg


One of the obvious reasons people may go for ready to wear is that it can be instant. As suits are ready-made with generic block measurements, they generally fit an average-sized and height to taller person. They can be quick and easy if you require a new suit for an upcoming interview or occasion.

One of the great things about ready to wear is that alterations can be made to make the suit fit you better. For example, it may fit almost perfectly but you’d like it to be a little more fitted around the waist where you may naturally go in slightly. We can do this to give it that more personal finish, however, this will then add a week or two until you can wear it. The fit tends to be more structured overall than a made to measure suit and our ready to wear suits are made with a half-canvas and fused lapel. Prices of our ready to wear suit collection are between £695 - £1,100.

Take a look at our ready to wear suit range.

Made to measure


As you will know by now, made to measure is made to your measurements. It’s a lot more of an indulgent experience, we like to make you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the process and it should be something really exciting for you! You will begin by having an appointment with one of our tailors where we will go through ideas, fabrics, details (for example, do you want a notch lapel? Do you want a turn up on your trousers?). This will be a great opportunity to really explore some ideas. You can near enough create whatever you want! Our tailors can guide you and recommend styles and colours for your skin tone and hair colour if you would like help exploring options.

If it seems you’ve found that ready to wear doesn’t fit you well, (this could be for a number of reasons) and you’re needing more than a few alterations, you may find made to measure is a better option to ensure the fit is perfect, comfortable and you feel your very best. Once you’re set on your fabric and lining, your measurements will be taken. There will be over 20 measurements and configurations taken, however, don’t let that sound daunting, it won’t take long at all! The dimensions are made to fit your height and physique and you can choose your construction from half a canvas, full canvas or an unstructured look.

Read more on unstructured tailoring.

Overall, the look of a made to measure suit tends to be softer. Prices for a made to measure suit are between £1,100 and £2,500, this can depend on the fabric you choose to go for.
Why not download our made to measure guide or book an appointment with us?

So, to conclude, we believe that if you need a suit fairly quickly and are lucky enough that a generic size off the peg fits well then ready to wear is a great option to go for.
If you’re wanting an experience, to go through styles and fabrics to create a suit that fits you really well and is personal to you, then choose made to measure.

Hopefully, it’s as simple as that! If you do want to know more, feel free to contact us on our social platforms, we’d love to hear from you:

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