Best high street tailoring brands: get your clothes made to measure, just in time for Christmas

Make sure your clothes fit perfectly with these tailoring and altering services

If clothes really do make the man, you better make sure yours look sharp, because an ill-fitting suit looks a tad amateur and won’t inspire confidence at a high-powered interview. 

The good news is that it’s not just high-end bespoke retailers on Savile Row offering tailoring services any more. 

High street favourites offer alterations, sometimes free of charge, and you can even customise items from suits to jeans, so you’ll even look well put together for every occasion. 

Here are some of our favourites…

Savile Row Co. for perfect shirts

Next-level shirts for weddings and more

Reasons to buy
+Shirts and suits can be tailored from scratch+There are 60 fabrics to choose from and you can add monograms
Reasons to avoid
-Alterations could take some time

A baggy, creased or slightly-shiny shirt can ruin a good suit. So what better way to get the perfect fit and finish by designing your own. The Savile Row Company offers an online made-to-measure service that allows customers to create the perfect shirt for £75. 

By following an easy-to-use guide (complete with a series of short videos), customers can create a unique shirt from scratch that will be tailored to specific body measurements.  They can pick their own style of collar, cuffs, pocket, buttons, placket, and more.  

There are more than 60 different fabrics and patterns to choose from, as well as free monogramming – for the shirt pocket, cuffs or hem – and free delivery to anywhere in the world. 

Uniqlo for tailored trousers

Alterations available on most trousers

Reasons to buy
+Covers all your basics needs+Alterations are free or £3
Reasons to avoid
-Shop only offers alterations on bottoms

If you’re a creature of habit and your wardrobe revolves around a good pair of jeans or chinos, you could get them altered to be the perfect length by shopping at Uniqlo. The Japanese basics chain stocks trousers in an array of classic styles and washes, but more importantly, it also offers alterations on all bottoms priced at £19.90 or more. And if you score a bargain making them cheaper than this, alterations cost just £3 per pair. 

So whether you want to avoid that horrible sensation of damp jeans that drag in puddles or unsightly bunching of chinos round the ankles (not a good look), it’s a great service to know about.

Reiss for trendy tailoring

A bespoke service for younger ages

Reasons to buy
+Fashionable, modern designs+Loads of choice for every tiny detail
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Reiss is known for its sleek tailoring and the swanky high street name offers a 17-step Personal Tailoring Service. Customers first pick the style of suit, which includes a choice of four styles of jacket, from Tuxedo to double-breasted, as well as the fabric they are after. 

They can tweak the types of pockets, lapel, cuffs and vents, add a waistcoat if they wish, and then choose from 20 lining choices that offer different colour and piping options. Shoppers can even tinker with final touches such as the type of buttons. 

Prices for a two-piece suit range from £645 to £1,345 depending on the suit fabric choice, but shoppers will have to wait for 6-8 weeks to get their hands on their bespoke suit.

Marks & Spencer for a suit that fits

Offering a wide range of cuts and fits

Reasons to buy
+Suits come in four fits and a range of styles and colours+Available for all sizes with free alterations over £249
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most fashionable brand

OK, Marks and Spencer may not be the most exciting place to shop, but it’s a high street staple for a reason. The shop offers a wide selection of suits in different cuts and colours (Ok we admit, not all of them stylish) but some, including those designed by the model, David Gandy, are on trend. 

The store offers a tailoring service that’s available at certain stores and is free when you purchase a suit work over £249. All you have to do is take the suit and receipt to one of those chosen stores and voila- you’ll get all the alterations you need. 

Because it’s M&S you can trust the suits will be durable too, which is great if you need them for work. And for men who hate shopping, you could throw in some non-iron shirts, shoes, boxers, socks and even dinner while you’re at it.

Levi’s for customised jeans

Personalisation from patches to making jeans from scratch

Reasons to buy
+Offers customisable patches to bespoke jeans+Some services such as monogramming can be done in-store
Reasons to avoid
-Only in select stores

Levi’s is known for its cool in-store customisation stations that allow you to add names and patches to jeans and jackets. You can also customise loads of stuff, including t-shirts, to your heart's content online. 

But for the ultimate personalised experience, there's Levi's Master Tailor service, which offers shoppers the chance to make a one-of-a-kind pair of jeans, from the weight and wash of the denim to the choice of rivets. 

You’ll get a private consultation, get measured so the jeans will fit perfectly and then make difficult detail decisions (zip vs button fly, for example). After this, the jeans are whipped up by a Master Tailor, taking 16 hours to make.

Cherida for women’s power suits

For women who need serious suits and dresses for work

Reasons to buy
+Brand offers made-to-measure corporate wear+Styles are plain and timeless tailored classics

Of course it’s not just men who need a smart suit when power dressing is required in the boardroom. Cherida is described as a new prêt-à-porter corporate wear line for women offering tieless styles. It offers an add-on service at point of sale where chosen garments can be tailored to fit the shopper’s exact measurements. 

Because the brand is catering for busy business women, a member of the atelier team will go to a customer’s house to take their measurements and understand their needs, or they can take measurements via the phone. Then the garments will be made to fit them perfectly. The brand has a core collection of 10 pieces, including dresses and jackets.

Slater menswear for generous alterations timeline

Free alterations on all suits, jackets and trousers

Reasons to buy
+Huge choice of suits and casual wear to choose from+Offers free alterations for suits, jackets and trousers up to a year after purchase
Reasons to avoid
-This offer only applies in stores

Sometimes you need alterations right there and then, and then there are times when it might be more convenient to wait. Slater Menswear offers free alterations on all its suits, jackets and trousers bought instore or online – and the best bit is that the service is available a year after purchase. 

If a suit is bought in-store, a member of staff takes measurements before the suit is sent off to be altered and arrives back just one week later. The store sells own brand and branded clothes to suit men of all sizes and budgets. There are also a wide range of styles and colours to suit every taste.

Kempadoo Millar

Bespoke hats for traditionalists and trendsetters

Reasons to buy
+Traditional hats are made to measure+Come in every colour, with patterned lining
Reasons to avoid
-There are few cutting-edge designs

If hats are your thing, Yorkshire-based Kempadoo Millar makes bespoke flat caps beloved of Idris Elba and other stars. While the company boasts traditional craftsmanship and uses tweed and herringbone material, it is not afraid to experiment with a kaleidoscope of colours or elaborately patterned lining for an individual look that doesn’t look as if it belongs in Last of the Summer Wine. 

Customers can request individual designs, including flat caps and baker boy hats, in sizes to fit their head precisely. The company even makes headwear for winter weddings and flat caps start from around £60.

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