I hate clothes shopping. The constant trying on/taking off is just mega annoying. It’s not like I have dressingroomphobia or anything. I just find it so boring and drawn out.
And getting measured for a suit is doubly painful. First you have to walk around with a grumpy salesman to pick a color or pattern. Then you have to guess your size. Then you have to try it on. Then guess a size again. Try on again. Eventually you get some guy to come out and measure you in like two places. Come back in two weeks and you have your okay-fitting suit.
Like I said, the opposite of fun.
But recently I was introduced to a real interesting site that makes custom suits. Called Indochino, it takes the awfulness out of suit shopping. That’s because you can do it all from your home computer! I’ve had a few suits before but they were all off the rack with some slight alterations. I’ve never owned a fully customized suit before. Maybe that’s why I always feel incredibly uncomfortable in a suit.
I’m currently looking for full-time work, so I’m (hopefully) lining up a bunch of in-person interviews. Always wanting to make a good impression, I wear a suit every time. I try to look nice, but I think a custom suit could make me look great and be way more comfortable. So when I was offered the chance to to do a review of Indochino, you better believe I jumped at it!
I was given a voucher for any custom suit $379 or less. I decided on The Essential Charcoal suit since I already have a blue suit. My wife really liked it too, and since I’m not the most fashionable person on the planet (no, really!), I trusted her.
The first thing I got to do while ordering online was customization. I kind of felt like I was ordering an iPod for a minute since there were a few fun choices. You start by picking a lapel style, then a vent for the back, number of buttons, inside lining color or pattern, etc. I was really surprised to see that you could even get the inside pocket monogrammed.
After customizing, you order your suit and then enter all of your measurements. Allie got her lovely pink tape measure and got to work. Indochino’s interface was simple and pretty impressive. They not only broke down every single measurement (there had to be a dozen or so areas) but they explain how to measure each area in great detail and even include a short video showing you exactly how to measure that specific area. It’s pretty idiot proof, I have to say. Though I probably should wait until I try the suit on before making a statement like that…
When the measurements are all done and entered, you hit a final submit button and you’re done. Then you just sit back and wait for your gorgeous new custom suit to be delivered to your home. Hopefully you have something else to wear in the meantime.
I’ll be following up this post with a review of the suit itself after it arrives, so stay tuned. For now, I give a big thumbs up to Indochino for a well-made and easy-to-follow interface for creating custom suits.
If I ever need to buy more suits, assuming I’m happy with the quality, I would totally keep using them. Once you’ve gotten your measurements nailed down perfectly, there’s no reason not to!
I was given the featured product in this post (a custom suit!) in exchange for my honest opinions. There was no further compensation given. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and in no way were influenced by the company providing the product.