Originally Posted by bcjohn
Mark: Excellent thread. Do you have any thoughts regarding purchasing MTM suits or sport coats in the price range referenced in your thread as opposed to buying a "quality" OTR suit/sport coat in the same price range? My bespoke/MTM purchases have not turned out the way I had hoped. Simply put, the resulting product never quite looks they way I thought it would. Part of the reason is probably because I am not paying top dollar for the product. However, with tuition payments, etc., I am not in a position to pay $4-5,000 for a top quality bespoke/MTM suit. (Even without tuition payments, etc., I am not sure I would pay that much for a suit.) A 42 reg OTR suit fits me quite well. With this in mind, would I get a better fit from a quality OTR suit as opposed to paying the same amount for a bespoke/MTM suit from you list of 9 or so tailors/stores. Thanks.
If OTR fits you, then go with it.
With OTR you know immediately if it is right. With MTM and bespoke you take a chance. Some men are very lucky and can fit well in OTR. I envy them.
You can get an excellent fit from an OTR suit as long as your body type fits into the manufacturer's model. Find a manufacturer and model that works for you. Cross your fingers that the manufacturer or store does not either change or drop the model.
Will you get a better fit from MTM or bespoke? Probably. But the improvements may only be marginally better from your viewpoint. Also, the incremental improvements may not be worth the extra expense from your vantage point.
I have OTR, MTM, and bespoke in my closet. All work for me. In fact, I love snagging an OTR on sale at the Oxxford Store.
P.S. Don't apologize for not being able to drop $5,000 for a suit. 99.9% of this forum cannot! With the danger of being excommunicated from here, there are things more important than clothes.