IMPORTANT UPDATE: Indochino reached out to let us know that they have updated their suit making process, so now – in stores, their patterns only allow them to make suits to a size 56. According to the company, however, you can still order online (measuring yourself from the comfort of your own home) and get a suit in any size.
Every guy should have a few good suits in his clothing arsenal. The problem, as a big man, can be finding a suit that has style and complements your body. You can always find a local suit shop, but their selection may be limited and their prices more than you want to spend for something you might not wear that often. Luckily, there’s an affordable yet stylish option available on the internet with Indochino. Indochino is an online tailored clothing company that specializes in custom men’s suits.
Take a look at the Indochino site and you’ll find a variety of shirts, pants, blazers, and suits, as well as their summer collection. Products are updated regularly to keep up with the latest season and styles, so you can check back every few weeks and find something new. When you look at a specific suit’s product page, you’ll find the regular care instructions and fabric information, but also tips on how to wear the suit or what accessories you need in order to complete the look.
Prices range from $349 to $529 and generally stay within that range regardless of the suit. That’s a stark contrast from other stores, where suits can start at double to triple that price. In addition, Indochino offers a perfect fit guarantee that covers expenses if you need further alterations or more work done to the suit once you receive it—more on that below.
Indochino was kind enough to let us go through the process of creating a suit for this article. I chose The Hedonist Navy Three-Piece Suit, which is currently out of stock on the site, but if you’re interested in something similar (although in this heat I’d recommend something for Summer), take a look at the Timeless Charcoal Three Piece or the Black Day at the Office Suit.
Once you choose a suit, you get to customize it to your exact specifications. I can’t stress enough how important it is that you get correct measurements the first time, just to avoid having to get the suit altered once you receive it. Your best bet is to to go to a tailor to get measured, as they’ll get it right the first time. I didn’t do that and two of my measurements were off, so I had to get the suit altered. Luckily, they offer what they say is the world’s first and only 100% Perfect Fit Promise. This guarantee lets you take the suit to your tailor and have it adjusted on Indochino, up to $75. If your order is found to be unalterable, they will remake it for you. Worst case, if your order was not what you expected, you can return it for a full refund. They make it pretty easy to try out their service.
The Indochino customization system is very easy to follow and straightforward. You’ll customize every aspect of your suit, including lapels, vents, lining color, buttons and a monogram. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what would look best – Indochino offers descriptions of each feature and offers recommendations that come in very handy for first-timers. Again, you’ll want to make sure that you have your measurements handy as you’ll be entering them in soon.
Now that you’ve tweaked the suit, you’ll create your measurement profile. Just as the system led you through the customization process, it leads you through getting accurate measurements. There are quire a few specifics needed, but they all help to create a suit that is custom fit to your body type. If you plan on doing your own measurements, Indochino provides convenient videos that offer a visual reference to help you get it right. The process took me about 45 minutes the first time through, but if you have all of your measurements beforehand, you should breeze through this part.
Once you’re finished with measurements, it’s time to check out. This part is standard, so go through the payment process and you’re good to go. You’ll receive emails that keep you updated on the construction of your suit and let you know when it ships. Indochino’s concierge section says you’ll receive your suit within 3 weeks. Mine arrived in just over 2 via FedEx in a smart looking box that included care instructions and a copy of the guarantee.
I would recommend Indochino to any big and tall gent interested in buying a tailored suit. With a wide variety of styles and options available, you’ll find something that fits your needs perfectly. Thanks to Brennan’s in St. Louis, Missouri for letting us use their space for the photo shoot and photographer extraordinaire Abbie Rudolph of Abbie Takes Pictures for taking the photos and bringing the whole thing together. Want to see more photos? Check the Chubstr Facebook page for extras.
If you’re still unsure about Indochino or have questions, leave a comment below or contact us directly and we’ll help you out. Would you buy a tailored suit online? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
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