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What You Should Know Before Purchasing Custom-Tailored Suits Online

What You Should Know Before Purchasing Custom-Tailored Suits Online

The e-commerce world is experiencing its greatest boom yet, and it’s been my major concern to communicate this with the fashion-conscious public.

When you are considering making a purchase from an online retailer, it’s best to look beyond the beauty of a website with its amazing designs and instead focus deeply on what it really offers. Here are some things customers should know before patronizing an online custom-made suit store.

Online Business is Booming

Today, many custom-made clothing tailors are offering their services online. Basically, their logic is the same, as follows:

  • Collect orders on a website, including the customer’s choice of suit and their individual measurements.
  • Make the order. According to customers’ individual choices, ask a factory (or their own factory) to make the suit.
  • Deliver the suit.
  • Provide after-sale service. If for any reason the suit needs alteration, return or exchange, make sure the customer has these options.

Personalization + made to measures + lower price. Such a good combination makes a lot of people want to try ordering from these sites, even those who can easily find a perfectly fitted ready-to-wear suit in a local store. However, there is a big challenge.

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Buyer Beware

Buyers should know that the customer complaint rate in this online business is much higher than in other ready-to-wear businesses, and this mostly results from wrong measurements or “bad fit.”

Where Buyers Experience the Greatest Challenge

Buying a well-fitted suit is not like buying a phone or other electronic item, and it therefore becomes very important to source for best custom tailored suits online. It doesn’t matter whether you buy your phone or other electronics from Amazon or other stores, because they will always retain their quality, but buying a custom tailored suit is entirely different. Where you get it should be your first consideration.

There is a reason for this. You want to be sure that what you’re paying for and what you will receive is the best quality and best fit for you even before paying for it. If that’s true, you have to contact a good seller.

Most people only decide to buy from a store because they believe the store has a good reputation, or maybe because:

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  1. A friend or a family member says it’s good.
  2. A lot of people online (on forums or on social media) say it’s good.
  3. A website is well-made, a beautiful interface, and easy to use.

Now this is the greatest mistake. Finding the best custom tailored suit online isn’t about what friends or family members or a discussion forum says. It’s a personal decision made by organizing your own knowledge. You need to think differently. You need to look beyond the surface and look deeply into what this website offers. Look for businesses that actually worry about your measurements. Why is measurement so important? Well, you need to know that your measurements are what the tailors use to create the best fit.

Professional Measurements Are Important

If you want to get a real custom-made suit, then the measurements must be taken by a real professional. Measurement is the foundation for building the suit, and if a website can’t provide a tailor to take your measurements but asks you take measurement yourself, it’s the first sign that you’re probably in the wrong place.

Taking measurements may seem easy to you, but it’s the most difficult task in the fashion world. Getting an accurate measurement is never easy, and once the foundation is wrong, the whole suit will be a total mess. Don’t expect a good fitting suit without good measurements.

What should you do when a website claiming to be perfect in custom-tailoring suits asks you take measurements yourself, or to ask a family or friend to take your measurements? Well, the chance of making a mistake is greater than you think. One question you should ask yourself is “is the body measurement and the suit measurement the same”? If your body measurement is taken by professionals, they could also suggest the best options for the suit measurement. But is this possible if it’s done yourself or by a friend or family?

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This is the reason why a non-professional can never give a good measurement. Measurements are best taken with the customer’s body and figure right in front of a professional so that the correct estimate of the suit measurements can be given. This is the duty of a professional.

Also, should something go wrong with the suit based on your measurements, you take the blame. The best you can get is with their “return/exchange policy”. But this could have been prevented right from the beginning by simply using professional services for your measurements.

Instead of requiring customers to do measurements themselves, the better companies may have show rooms where customers can take measurements themselves with their handy instructions. Still others use professionals to provide accurate measurements. For example, the company could connect you with a nearby tailor to do this task and send the results to them.

Things to Consider Before Ordering

If you desire to get the best online custom-tailored suit, think about the following:

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  1. Consider using the services of a professional for measurement
  2. Consider whether the company offers handy measuring instructions and good after-sale services.
  3. Try to avoid any website that requires you to take measurements yourself and that doesn’t guarantee a refund if the suit doesn’t fit or meet your desire.

A review of websites offering custom-tailored suits online can reveal their functionality and whether they would be good or bad choices. I’m not saying simply that any website offering professional measuring services is automatically the best company or guarantees the best service. Neither am I saying that any website that asks customers to take measurements themselves is totally bad. This article is just a guide to shoppers who want to get the best suit. You should research any website that worries less about your measurements thoroughly before using their services to avoid any poor results.

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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