Still on the fence to go OTR or MTM.
Edited by brianoh - 6/25/13 at 12:30pm
Sweeping generalizations about what's best for people aren't very productive. I definitely think there's a place for MTM in the spectrum and one shouldn't just jump from OTR to bespoke.
Personally, a 40L napoli from SS would have fit me 'good enough' by quite a few people's standards. But if I really wanted to dial in the fit, OTR+tailoring would have been cost prohibitive, if even possible. With regards to the napoli fit, I have the shoulders of a 40 but the chest of a 42 and the waist of a 38. Using MTM, I was able to let out the chest, bring in the waist, shorten the jacket sligthly, and lower the button stance. I also have a rather skinny 15.25" neck for my build and would need extensive collar/lapel work on any OTR suit to get the fit exactly how I wanted. My right shoulder is also slightly lower and my arms aren't the same length. These are just a few of the adjustments that add up quickly with OTR but are easily accounted for with MTM.
I feel like almost anyone could have a similar list of tweaks that individually don't seem like much but, as a whole, really elevate the fit to the next level. So the question you should ask yourself when deciding between OTR or MTM is what do you consider 'good enough'?
Yep, I generally just need to take in the waist and hem the trousers. That's around $35, not much at all.