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A MTM Suit such as Indochino vs off the rack Bonobos suit

Which is better?

  • MTM (Indochino price range)

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mirios

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hey guys

Really in a bind here. I have gone through with getting my measurements from indochino to get a suit but now I’m curious if the quality will be worse than just getting an off the rack suit from Bonobos as they are priced about $500 or a little more and I can get it tailored.

Has anyone here made a comparison between an MTM suit such as Indochino vs off the rack like Bonobos?

In general Bonobos is a very good good brand so I’m curious if it’s worth the effort to just get it off the rack and get it tailored or is an MTM suit really better even thought the quality may be worse.

My price range is about $500. Any suggestions?
 

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it's an impossible question to answer without knowing how well the OTR suit fits you. In general, if you can find an OTR suit that fits you well (or requires only minor alterations), then don't do MTM unless you really want styling or fabric options that you can't find OTR. The obvious downside of MTM is that you don't know how it fits you until after you've purchased it.
 

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I think Breakaway01 is offering sage advice. If you can climb into an OTR suit with <$100 of alterations to really make it look great, then save the $$ for tailoring IMO.

The old saying "fit is everything" finds its relevance in this very sweet spot.

IMO finding an OTR that has the details you want, knowing that tailoring will be required is the way to go. If you have a working list in your head of the details of the suit that you most desire, then finding one that hits most of the items on that wish list is the art of it.

For me a big part of being satisfied with OTR was determining what features in a suit looked best on me, and how I was going to 'use' the suit i.e. leisure suit vs business suit, vs occasional event use etc. This can play into fabrics, patterns etc, then dictate what OTR makers to include/exclude. General silhouette, vent configuration, shoulders, lapel size and height, pockets style, etc.

Admittedly, the hunt for an OTR that hits all your check boxes and isn't blue stripe or charcoal grey can take some time.
 
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