Originally Posted by jefferyd
This is Tom Ford OTR with some alterations; it's not impossible to get a good fit without going bespoke. So if you like what you bought, have a decent tailor to adjust it, and you're not a terribly hard figure to fit, you really shouldn't feel terrible.
This is true, and Jeffrey's photo shows it well - compare to many examples of bespoke on this forum that fit less well or no better.
With RTW and MTM, it is all about whether the "block" fits you to start with. From experience, you can never get the same fit from RTW/MTM that you can from good (good) bespoke, unless you are one of the 1% of people whose body shape exactly matches the "block". But you can get very, very close.
Example: I get compliments (and photograph well) in an RTW summer suit (properly altered) that cost me around $200 on sale. As many compliments as traditional paper-pattern, single cutter, Royal Warrrant bespoke costing 20 or more times as much. Why? Because the shoulders and chest fit me very well, and the rest has been tweaked to fit. Of course, the RTW suit doesn't have my preferred pocket layout, has slightly larger than desired armholes, and is made of a mass-market cloth with polyester thread and won't last anything like the bespoke, but who cares for the price of a decent dinner for two?
Unless you are an odd shape (and I am just enough tall and long-limbed to meet my definition of "odd"), I am increasingly of the view that the best options are RTW that fits where it is crucial (shoulders, chest, balance, sleeve pitch), with alterations where it isn't, or high-end bespoke, and ignore the middle ground of MTM and bargain (especialy online) bespoke.