There are many things to consider when buying a suit, whether you want something thats off the peg or one that’s made bespoke and specifically to your measurements. Sure, dashing into store and pulling one off the shop floor may seem the best option, if you’re limited on time and money, but there’s nothing like a well-made bespoke suit. Now, what if there was a way you could have the best of both worlds? Well then that’d be convenient, wouldn’t it? It’s these thoughts that go around every guys heads when they’re in desperate need for a last minute outfit for weddings, dinners or posh dos. For us it was the annual Tweed Run; a 12-mile metropolitan bike ride through Central London, weaving our way past the city’s finest monuments, stopping only for some grub, not to mention tea, biscuits and to soak in all things Tweed.
We enter the Tweed Run every year, and we always underestimate the weather and how much actual work we’d have to do peddling those bikes for hours on end dressed in the thickest and hottest tweed. A change was inevitable for sure. As most of the attendees donned the classic tweed and more fancy-dress type of attire, this time we decided to go modern with three-piece suits in various checks and pinstripes from Moss Bros‘ Tailor Me service. Myself and Eshan chose a more standard fitting shape, loose blazers and straight fit trousers, whilst Galih opted for a skinny fit suit, and then taking up the sleeves, trouser
lengths and tapering the legs to get a more fitted silhouette. You’ve got to show a little bit of sock. It’s essential! One thing to note, that if it’s too tight on the backside and crotch area, you can ask for the seat to be taken out at the back making it much more comfortable, especially if you’re riding a bike. We then topped it off with silk or linen ties held down via tie bar, our signature hats and simple fitted white shirts, peaking out the bottom of the jacket sleeve. Remember you want the blazer sleeve to be about 1cm above the shirt sleeve. Regardless of what the occasion, why not get the inside of your jacket embroidered with a special date/event or just your name if you want to be boring… haha. Anyways, after 2-3 fittings over 4 weeks we picked up our suits and got ready for the ride ahead. It’s to no surprise that all those little tweaks made such a difference this year. We chose lightweight fabrics for ventilation, chopped down the sleeves, tapered the trouser legs and opened the seat at the waist for better movement and got to stand out, because we weren’t wearing tweed. Yes i know. Rebels!
The Tweed Run is a strange and strenuous experience in itself but getting to do it suited and booted in utmost comfort on a scorching hot summer’s day was all the more fun. – John