At 6’8” tall with the build of a (former) offensive lineman, finding a suit that fits and looks good has frequently eluded me over the years. Not only is a 54 XL hard to come by off the rack, but when it does come, it usually also comes with some not-so-awesome features including:
- Slouchy, pleated pants.
- Three-button jackets that ride long and low.
- Thin, poly-blend fabrics—the rip-prone tradeoff for needing more fabric.
- Three color choices (if I’m lucky): Solid black, gray, or navy. That’s it.
Annoying as suit buying typically is for me, I had accepted the above scenario as reality. That is, until I visited the Indochino showroom on Boston’s Newbury Street last fall, where I had the chance to experience the company’s custom fitting process firsthand. Indochino prides itself for being “at the forefront of revolutionizing men’s fashion”—sounded great to me, and I could definitely use the update.
In December, I wrote about getting fitted. After my in-person fitting appointment, a total of 14 precise body measurements were entered into a computer database to create my profile (it’s saved for reordering). Now, I’m writing about the finished product—and I am truly chuffed with the results.
- The fabric: Indochino has many, many fabrics to choose from. I felt edgy even choosing the one I did (hey, I’m used to choosing between black, gray, or navy), and benefitted from Victoria’s expertise as to what I should go with—I ultimately chose the Dark Slate, a cool blue-gray with a fine lighter gray check in 100% merino wool twill weave.
- The feel: As a big guy, I tend to run hot during the day, especially as I rush from meeting to meeting. I appreciate the 285 gsm (that’s grams per square meter, the metric measurement for the weight of a fabric), medium weight fabric—it’s light enough to be wearable year round.
- The jacket: Like all Indochino jackets, my suit jacket is half canvassed with a fully fused front—so what does this mean? It basically means that the coat falls smoothly. The jacket also comes with nice details like fully canvassed lapels (so they lie flat), bullhorn buttons, and contrast collar felts. I went with a two button jacket, and I choose blue for my collar felt color. In addition, I elected for “no pockets” on the outside of the jacket—just slanted flaps—so to keep it all bulk-free.
- The vest: Five buttons, fabric vest with contrasting Black Pocket Watch lining and normal lapel with collar. Would I wear it with a slim-fitting shirt, a tucked tie, and jeans? I don’t know yet, but the good news is that I have the option to.
- The pants: I chose to go with no pleats, no suspender buttons, and no side tabs or cuffs (on fleek…or on sleek). But I did choose to have belt loops. I also opted for a shorter inseam—the very stylish ladies and gents at Indochino told me it would be a good look. I’m into it.
- The tie: Navy blue, white dot tie. Snazzy.
- The extras: Another neat feature of my suit: custom monogramming. I could have gone with “M.L. Connolly, Esq.” I went with “Big Mike” instead.
- The shirt: Spread collar shirt, one button angled cuffs, in a subtle check-and-dot pattern. Before my Indochino experience, I wouldn’t have been brave enough to mix a patterned suit with a patterned shirt and a patterned tie. But by Jeeves, it all works!
The result: I feel like I’ve been rehatched into the world as a well-dressed, dapper dude. Even at—especially at—my extraordinary size. And now that my measurements are entered into Indochino’s system, the real power of their customized approach becomes apparent: I can now shop from the comfort of my apartment, and know the results will be tailored to fit me perfectly. I’m already ready for Indochina’s new offerings for spring.
P.S. Right now, Indochino is running a big sale with suits as low as $349—which is an insanely good deal for a suit of this quality. Check it out, and go custom!