About Suits

Suits are the cornerstones of a well dressed man’s wardrobe.

There are two basic types of suits: Single breasted and double breasted.

Single breasted suits come in two flavors: Two Piece Suits and Three Piece Suits. In the three piece version, the third piece is the waistcoat (or vest). Three piece suits are not so popular these days because most offices and cars have air-conditioning and therefore do not require the protection of the third piece (waist coat). For the same reason, the Bangladesh climate is particularly unsuitable for three-piece suits as they tend to be warmer.  It is, however, not a bad idea to retain a three piece suit in the wardrobe for those particularly chilly winter days. I, however, don’t have any three piece suits.

Suit Fabrics

The natural fabrics for suiting are wool, cotton, linen, rayon, or silk. These materials are also available as blends with each other (for example, wool/silk, cotton/linen, etc.).

There are also man-made fabrics from which suits are made. More expensive suits are normally made of wool or wool/silk blend.

For Bangladesh climate, viscose (rayon)  is a suitable suiting material.

Suit Flavors

There are basically three distinct suit flavors: the English, American, and Italian. Today, however, the traditional distinctions are often blurred as various designers incorporate different elements from these styles.

The traditional English Suit

The English suit is characterized by strongly tapered sides, two side vents, and minimal shoulder pads.

The traditional American Suit

Also known as Sac suit is less tapered compared to the English suit, one vent, and natural (unpadded or slightly padded) shoulders.

The traditional Italian Suit

Also sometimes known as the European Suit, have highly padded shoulders, and without any vent.

In contemporary suits these traditions are often transgressed.

Suit Styles

Single breasted

Figure 1: One Button Figure 2: Two Buttons Figure 3: Three Buttons Figure 4: Four Buttons

Two-button and three-button suits should be the staple of your wardrobe. One button suit is a fashion forward suit while the four button version is only viable if you are more than six feet six inches tall.

Double Breasted

Figure 5: Four Buttons Figure 6: Six Buttons

There are two basic types of double breasted suit: four buttons and six buttons.

Suit Lapels

Single breasted suits can have three lapel types, as shown below:

Figure 7: Notch Lapel Figure 8: Peaked Lapel Figure 9: Shawl Lapel

Single breasted suits with shawl lapels are very rare. Most common single breasted suits are of notch lapel.

Double Breasted suits are available only in Peaked Lapels.

Vents

Vents are perforations on the back of the suit. There are three choices for both single and double breasted suits.

Figure 10: No Vent Figure 11: Single Vent Figure 12: Double vent

All three styles are popular. I prefer double vents because it allows easy access to the trousers pockets.

Front Pockets

The suit jackets normally have one breast pocket and two other pockets at the front. Sometimes, another pocket known as a ticket pocket is also added. Pockets can be straight or slanted. The picture below shows two straight pockets with flaps.

The two lower pockets may be straight or slanted. Similarly, the ticket pocked can also be straight or slanted. It’s also not uncommon to see the two lower pockets without the flaps. Jackets with jetted (flapless) pockets normally do not have a ticket pocket.

Sleeve Buttons

Each sleeve may contain from one to four buttons as shown above. Three and four buttons are normally the standard for suits. Blazers and sports coats sometimes are made with one or two sleeve buttons.

Suit Fitting

The most important thing about a suit is its fitting—how well it sits on the shoulders and around the body. A badly fitted suit looks ugly.

The first thing about fitting is the shoulder. Fullness over the blades allows the jacket to drape comfortably and releases the arms to move freely.

To determine correct fitting, make a fist and insert it inside a buttoned jacket.  If you can insert your fist easily inside the buttoned jacket then the fit is proper.

Sleeve Length

About ½ inch of the shirt’s cuff must be visible after you put on the suit’s jacket. In the diagram above, the first picture shows the correct sleeve length. In the second diagram, the sleeve length is too long. Please note that one never wears a short-sleeve shirt with a suit.

Proper Jacket Length

Jacket length in relation to the arm, jacket’s bottom should line up with thumb knuckle as shown below:

Figure 13: Correct jacket length Figure 14: Jacket length too long

Collar Fitting

The middle diagram below shows the correct fitting of the collars. In the first one, the collar is too high. In the last one, its too low.

Both the pictures above show poorly fitted collars. In the first instance, there is a gap between the jacket and shirt collars; this is an example of poor fitting.

In the second picture, some fabric is stooping under the collar indicating a misfit.

A properly fitted jacket should sit squarely on the shoulders without any bunching or gap from the shirt’s collar.

Suit Trousers

A suit is made of a jacket (coat) and trousers made of the same fabric. The trousers style can be single pleat, double pleat, or no pleat. Sometimes, reverse pleats and box pleats are also used.

Two types of side pockets are possible. Straight and slanted as shown in the accompanying picture:

For the bottom, two options are available. Plain or folded; both are popular.

Many purists believe that pleated trousers should have folded bottoms. Many people also disagree. Therefore, feel free to choose either as per your preference. I use both.

The man with a prominent middle needs trousers that hang quite straight from the waist as shown in the accompanying picture.

Summary of suit fitting

Suit buttoning rules

People will judge you if you know how to wear a suit or not depending you how you button your suit. Therefore remember the rules properly.

Single breasted single button suit

Very easy to remember: When standing you must button theonly button. When you sit you must unbutton.

Single breasted two button suit

The top button must be fastened while the second button should never be fastened.

Single breasted three button suits

There are two options:

1. Fasten top two buttons and leave the third unfastened.

Or 2. Fasten only the middle button.

Single breasted four of more button suits

Not a good choice for a single breasted suit unless you are at least six feet six inches tall. If you must have one, leave the last unbuttoned.

Double breasted suits (four or six buttons)

All the working buttons must be fastened when standing. You must unbutton when seated.

Please note that whenever you sit, you must unbutton the jacket. One never sits with the buttons fastened (for both single and double breasted suits).

Waistcoat buttoning rules

If you wear a waistcoat (or vest), you must leave the last button unfastened.

The custom of leaving the bottom button on a waistcoat undone comes from the early 20th century. King Edward VII was too fat to fasten his bottom button and the custom came from his imitators.

Buying your first suit

If you are buying your first suit, buy a charcoal gray suit. A charcoal gray suit is the most versatile suit followed by solid navy color. These two basic colors should be followed by charcoal, dark charcoal, etc. Don’t buy a black suit; instead buy a dark charcoal suit which will appear almost black at night. Black suits are normally associated with funerals and a sign of mourning.

For your first suit stick with a wool suit (or a blend with wool) because it can be worn year-round. Dark colored suits are more formal than light colored suits. Cotton suits should only be worn in the spring, summer, and fall. There are even more choices out there like linen suits which are best for summer days or flannel to keep you warm during harsh winter chills.

Next, you need to decide whether it should be two or three button. If you are below five feet four inches, I would recommend that your first few suits be two button versions and later you may experiment with three button versions. Even for moderately tall persons I would tend have similar recommendations. I would try to explain the reasons in some later post.

I believe it’s also helpful to that traditionally what distinguished one suit from another was mainly its color. Though this tradition is not strictly adhered to these days.

Black: for funerals and the clergy.

Dark gray: suitable for all occasions.

Light gray: normal business and social wear.

Navy blue: suitable for most occasions; not as dressy as dark gray.

Olive green: for the stylish brave; for the warrior of the creative department and the rootless traveling salesman.

66 thoughts on “About Suits

  1. Uncle, thanks for taking the effort to put up this wealth of information – love the personal passion you have in this area. You’re absolutely right, the men of Dhaka rarely know how to dress, despite putting on expensive items all the time. I do like the suits that you wear, properly tailored and fitted. Would love to know if these are all imported or any particular tailor can make a bespoke version here in Dhaka? I get put off by the usual tailors in Dhaka, no attention to details and no special effort made towards achieving perfection also. Any help will be greatly appreciated. You may provide by email also. Thanks and best regards.

    1. Dear Shezad:

      Sorry that it took me a while to respond to your comment.

      Allow me to give you a little history of western style tailoring in the subcontinent. You see, Western style tailoring was introduced to India after India became a British colony. At the beginning all the tailoring services were for the British civil and military officials. Later, as western business interest developed many British companies started operating in India and these establishments also started catering to these segments of the market.

      Also, gradually a segment of the upper class native Indian population, particularly in the important urban areas of Calcutta, Delhi, Bombay, Dacca, etc., started embracing Western attire and became patrons of these primarily European establishments.

      Therefore, the initial western tailoring shops in India were primarily British establishments owned and operated by British nationals. However, these shops gradually started incorporating and training of locals into Western tailoring and soon a well trained local workforce was developed to be used by the British sartorial establishments. Due to India’s close affinity with Britain, sartorial styles, trends, techniques, materials, etc., kept flowing from England.

      Consequently, in the metropolis of Calcutta, Bombay, New Delhi, Bangalore, Dacca, etc., reputed sartorial establishments flourished patronized by both the Europeans and locals.

      After India was partitioned in 1947, due to the influence of the Raj, western sartorial standard remained quite high as there were many cutters in the country trained by the British. However, as the flow of sartorial technology from Britain stemmed and finally completely dried up. Moreover, as there were not many western fashion schools or formal training facilities for the new generation of Indian cutters and tailors, the technical know-how, the changing trends in cutting and fitting, and the knowledge of evolution of men’s style and fashion, declined. In the absence of proper training facilities, the new generation of Indian (including in Pakistan and subsequently Bangladesh) had no access to formal training. The only way they could learn is through apprenticeship from imperfect teachers.

      (If you see some old (pre-1970) Indian Hindi movies, you will find most actors very well dressed in Western style clothing. However, the standard very quickly declined after Amitav Bachan entered the scene.)

      As Bangladesh became independent in 1971, the subsequent economic hardship associated with rebuilding of a war-torn economy forced the closure of whatever sartorial establishments Dhaka had. A prominent sartorial name in Dhaka before independence was A.D. Paul located at the Jinnah Avenue (now Bangabandhu Avenue). Due to lack of patronage, it vanished after 1971. However, as the economy started to develop, demand for men’s clothing increased and many tailoring facilities developed in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, mostly making shirts, trousers, and suits; in that order of importance. Shirts and trousers do not require a lot of technology and know-how to make, but making bespoke suit jackets require very high level of knowledge and skills in the areas of human body, different suit styles, cutting of fabric based on unique body types, color, patterns, etc.

      Even though Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of ready-made garments in the world, the government has taken hardly any initiative to develop the local sartorial standards of the country. Making ready-made garments where the style, cutting plan, fabric, etc., are provided by the buyer does not require any local sartorial expertise. Consequently, most of the extant tailoring houses of Dhaka are hardly aware of what makes a good suit. The problem is also compounded by a recently rich class not only unfamiliar with Western attire but highly influenced by cheap Hindi imitation of Western culture as projected in contemporary Hindi movies.
      I have been training a cutter in Bangladesh for the last few years and many of my suits are made locally. However, he needs guidance in cutting to produce a good suit. If you want to use him let me know—I will take you to him. If can go by yourself but if he is not properly guided, the result may not be as desired.

      Cheers,

      Shahzaman

      1. Dear Sir,
        Thanks for every thing. All the best wishes for you.
        Have a nice day.
        Dr.Sharif
        01711-330920

    2. Dear Mr.Mozumder,

      Sir,I have seen that a lot of men are wearing tie clips,I think it doesnt go well with all suits or ties.What is your take on it?Do you think one should wear it?

      1. I have a few old style tie clips and tie tags. They were very popular at one time. However, I don’t wear them any more. The newer style of tie clips are smaller and tend to be worn mostly by the young. You can see some examples of the newer styles here https://www.thetiebar.com/tie-bars

        About should you wear it–why not. I think you should if you feel like it. Never give a damn about who says what. Cheers,

  2. Thanks a lot for your response Uncle. You have given a detailed history and perspective on why things are not as expected nowadays. I am also deeply touched by your personal initiative to take me to your tailor and guide him as well. I will be only too happy to oblige. Please let me know how we can get in touch, I can send you my number if you have an email.

    I have some good suits, these being imported ones and are pricey too. I mostly buy from England, Austin Reed and T.M. Lewin being my choice of brands for suits. I like conservative, yet modern styling, the new wave styles are not for me I guess. I am currently looking for a collection of locally produced suits and combinations, that are affordable and at the same time, good quality wear also. It’s not sustainable to buy imported suits on a regular basis and especially when I need to wear them for work on a regular basis. So fabric and cut, both has to be sourced locally and here is where I require your personal guidance, Uncle. Right now I need a classic combination, a navy single breasted blazer and a gray pair of trousers. The jacket has to be perfectly fitted around the shoulders and should be tapered properly at the waist.

    Hope you can give me a solution Uncle,

    Many thanks in advance.

  3. Dear Uncle,

    Thanks for your response. I am fine with this coming Saturday, please let me know how I can get in touch with you.

    1. Dear Mr. Rahman:

      Thank you for your compliments. The suits that you see in the blog were all made in Dhaka by Dapper.

      Dapper is located at the lobby of Pan Pacific Sonargoan Hotel, Kawran Bazar, Dhaka.

      Thanks,

      Shahzaman

  4. Dear Sir: I am going to get married in next month. Would you please give me the advice what type of suit I should wear at my reception program so that I can look attractive?

    1. Dear Sajjad: Congratulation. Getting married is a very very special moment in our lives. I am glad that you asked me this question. I remember when I was getting married I actually did not know what color and style of suit to choose.

      There are two versatile suit colors, Grey and Blue, with all associated shades. For a wedding suit, assuming the function will be held after sundown, I would recommend a plain dark-charcoal color, 2-button, Peaked-lapel suit. You should wear it with a crisp white shirt, a red or maroon silk tie and a white linen pocket square. Also, your shoes should be a pair of black oxfords.

      You didn’t tell me your height. If you are less than 5 feet 6 inches, you may consider a single button suit with a low button stance (instead of two buttons).

      For the suiting material I would recommend 100% summer wool (means wool with weight of 250 grams or less per meter).

      What about an estimated budget?

      Charcoal summer wool Suit 25,000 to 30,000
      White Cotton Shirt 5,000 to 6,000
      Silk Tie 3,000 to 4,000
      White Linen pocket square 1,000
      Black leather belt 2,000 to 4,000
      Black Socks 500 to 700
      Black Oxford shoes 5,000 to 20,000
      Cufflinks 500 to 5,000

      How much time do you have? If you have at least 20 days, my tailors could make the suit and shirt for you. Pocket squares re also available with us.

      Cheers,

      Shahzaman

  5. Dear Sir,

    If I may trouble you a bit, could you please provide an estimate of the tailoring and fabric costs for a double breast suit at your establishment. Preferably in light-weight fabric suitable to be worn year round in Dhaka, in prince of wales or a deep navy blue. I am 5’5″, and I know it’s against the conventions for short men to wear double breasts but I like to break the rules every now and then. And also do you tailor suits if the fabric is provided externally? I have a spare piece lying around and would love to have it tailored. A reply would be very much appreciated.

    regards,

    Dr.Siraj.

    1. Dear Dr. Siraj:

      Thank you for your comments. The price for a “standard” suit (single or double breast) starts at Taka 20,000 (Fabric and tailoring). “Standard” means half-canvas construction, working button holes, usual lining and plastic buttons. We also offer full-canvas suits, handmade button holes with 100% silk lining. We maintain a stock of a selection of buttons including horn, bone, shell, Corozo, and mother of pearl. The buttons are charged extra. The price of these buttons ranges from Taka 300 to 500 each. Therefore if you go for all these features, the tailoring charges may go as high as Taka 16,000. Standard tailoring charge for a suit is Taka 8,000 for a standard suit. You may also provide your own fabric and in that case we will only charge you the tailoring fees (standard or enhanced depending on your preference).

      At 5.5 feet, I would consider with to be of medium height (not short) in Bangladeshi standard. You will be surprised to know that people with medium height can look surprisingly dapper in double breast suits. I would recommend either a 4X2 or 4X1 construction. Please perform a Google search with the keywords “Daniel Radcliffe in double breast suits” and “Duke of Windsor in double breast suits”. Daniel Radcliffe is the star of Harry Potter movies and his height is 5.4 feet. Duke of Windsor is one of my style icons with a height of 5.77 feet.

      And finally, if you decide to use Dapper’s services please give me a call at 01711-547571 so that I am present at the shop when your measurements are taken.

      Thanks again,

      Shahzaman

      1. Dear Sir,

        Thank you for replying is such detail. It’s funny you mention the Duke of Windsor, as he is one of the style icons who had initially piqued my interest in DBs, along with Sir Michael Caine, Nick Wooster and Lapo Elkann. Anyways, I was thinking of 6X2 construction, as I already own a 4X2 one but I guess we can figure out the details when we meet. Unfortunately It won’t be possible anytime soon, but In Sha Allah I will surely make an appointment before the wedding season starts.

        Thanks..

        Dr.Siraj.

  6. My personal preferrence were the Italian suits. As to follow the 007. They show the structure of the shoulder and lower body perfectly.

    I have always wished to make a tuxedo. Or a suit with shawl lapel. But got disappointed when nobody in Bangladesh understood what I needed.

    No doubt it is one of the most detailed information center I have found out about men’s style on the web.

    It is true that waistcoat is less preferred for Bangladesh. But a new culture has been trying to take place in young guys to wear just the waistcoat. It came from various fashion designers of west and India’s.

    Men should understand what they wear. I am getting hopes that men of Bangladesh still has what it takes to be called a fashionista.

    1. The suits of James Bond are typical British cut. About tuxedos, I have three. The first is a black peaked lapel with a waist coat. The second is also black but shawl lapel, and the third is a white shawl lapel. All three were made during my daughter’s marriage. These days I hardly get the opportunity to wear them as I stick out as a sore thumb. Therefore, I only wear them when someone very close is being married.

      Based on my experience, I would not recommend you to get a tuxedo. Instead I would recommend a charcoal suit, which you can wear both day and night. If you want to stand out, you can always wear a bow tie with the charcoal suit (assuming an evening event). Nevertheless, if you must have a tuxedo, you will need black (actually hyper black is used for tuxedos) or midnight blue fabric. I have two suit pieces of hyper black fabric and all the other materials like tuxedo buttons, grosgrain lapel and ribbon, etc.,

      Wearing just a waistcoat was always popular and it came from the western movies. I had a few when younger. But around mature audience probably not appropriate. Also I am not impressed by Indian men’s fashion designers. Finally, I am not fashionable, I believe I am stylist.

      Cheers, Shahzaman

  7. Dear Mr. Shahzaman,

    Could you help me by letting me know the charges (material, tailoring and add ons if any) for a suit to be used for regular office use.

    Many thanks in advance
    Kalden

    1. Dear Kalden :

      Thanks for your comment. Though you have not mentioned explicitly, I take it that you want to know how much it would cost for a office suit. At Dapper the price starts at Taka 15,000 for a basic suit (fabric + tailoring). However, if you want a full bespoke suit (canvas construction, 100% silk lined, choice of bone, horn, corozo, or MoP buttons, hand stitched button holes) then the price starts at Taka 25,000. A typical bespoke suit averages at about Taka 35,000. It tales about 3-4 weeks to deliver. Thanks, Shahzaman

  8. Thanks a lot, sir for your valuable informations. However, I really wish to learn more about sports coat which can be used as suits on occasions as well. I mean how should I pick up the colour of the jacket and match it with the colour of the jackets and what should be its fabrics and the lapels width… How should I match it with shoes or snickers/ boats ??

    Will be waiting to hear from you.

    Regards
    Ahad

    1. Dear Ahad: Thank you for your comments. If you want to know bout sports coats/Blazers I recommend you visit this site: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/09/16/man-blazer-jacket/

      Questions regarding fabric, color, lapel width and design etc., depend on many things which is difficult to respond to as here. A wide variety of shoes can be worn with Sports Jacket/Blazers. You may also wear them with or without ties. I think one has more flexibility in wearing blazer/trousers combinations than wearing only suits. In many occasions one may also wear a Blazer/trousers combination instead of a suit.

      Thanks, Shahzaman

  9. Mr. Mozumder,

    My name is John. I am from the U.S., particularly Atlanta, Georgia. I recently stumbled across your website while searching men’s fashion on the Internet. As an aspiring young business professional (25 yrs) I have been taking pride in educating myself on fashionable business/dress clothing and updating my wardrobe. I thoroughly enjoy looking at your website every morning and seeing what you are wearing, and I must say I am also very impressed with your sense of style. With fashionable clothing being more readily available in the states and particularly larger cities like Atlanta I was interested to learn that you have to custom design and tailor most of your clothing to achieve the impeccable style you often display there in Bangladesh. I also find it interesting that you will custom make a suit at your shop with all the bells and whistles (choice of fabric/buttons/lapel etc.) for around 20,000 Taka which I believe equates to around $250-300 USD. This is quite cheap compared to American standards! Your blogs have taught me a lot about style and fashion as well as fitting and customs pertaining to what to wear and what not to wear. Just wanted to comment and pay my respects and give credit where credit is due. I look forward to learning more from you and admire your style!

    Best Wishes,
    John Mangrum

    1. Dear John:
      Thank you very much for your comments. I started writing this blog because I wanted to share whatever I have learnt about men’s style with the younger generation. When I was your age, my knowledge was rather shallow (we did not have the Internet those days!). But I am impressed to find today’s younger generation to be much better informed.
      I have been to Atlanta twice—nice and clean city. I had purchased a tie during one of those visits and that tie is still my favorite.
      About custom made suits—our bespoke suits are more affordable because labor is relatively cheap. A bespoke suit (full custom, full canvas, all hand stitched, pure silk lined, with Corozo buttons) would range from Taka 30,000 (US$ 400) to Taka 50,000 (US$ 650).
      On the other hand, a standard suit (full custom, half-canvas, machine-made button holes, standard buttons) would be in the vicinity of Taka 20,000 (US$ 260) to Taka 35,000 (US$ 450).
      The variance is due to fabric price where higher quality fabric attracts a higher price.
      One could also go over the top like using Zegna fabric where the price of fabric alone could stretch to US$ 1,200! We however do not stock very expensive fabric and would have to order from third parties to meet customer demand.
      Completely hand-made suits are a rare commodity these days. This is because more and more people are embracing ready-to-wear garments because they are cheaper to manufacture.

      Thank you again for your very interesting and encouraging comments.

  10. Shahzaman,

    The internet has definitely provided a more accessible venue for the younger generation to learn more about fashion. I often times find myself searching Google before I purchase new shirts/ties to see if they are currently in fashion. It’s actually a lot of fun. I’m glad to know that my home town of Atlanta was able to contribute something to your closet. In regards to bespoke vs ready-to-wear garments and such a large variance in pricing and fabric choices, thank you for sharing your knowledge, I now have a much better understanding. I purchased a gingham shirt from a local department store earlier this week and the tag said made in Bangladesh, I smiled and thought of you. As for now, I will keep adding to the piggy bank in hopes of one day being able to customize and purchase a bespoke suit made of this Zegna fabric equipped with all the bells and whistles! I will continue to visit your blog often and I am looking forward to learning more from you.

    Sincerely,
    John

  11. Dear Mr. Mozumder,

    How are you doing there? I hope things are doing fine for you and your company. Anyway I really appreciate your men style advice and the way how you dress yourself with those nice suits you have there like the combinations of tie shoes actually everything, so I told myself to ask some advice from you ?. Well this coming October 12 I have a formal red carpet event a 1 year anniversary party in our company Dnata, the thing is I have an tailored off white/ivory suit with big peak lapels that is single breasted at home to wear. Now my concern is what dress shirt and tie I will wear? And shoes, for the shirt im thinking of a light pink or light blue shirt? With a marron tie and black shirt with a gold tie? Also thinking a white shirt with blue very small pencil stripe with a maroon tie or your personal choice ?. Lastly the shoes I’m planning to buy for the suit in the event and after like church or special occasions even smart casuals so my selection either a color burgundy/Congac or Dark Brown for the style longwings or Chelsea dress boots ?

    Will be waiting to hear from you.

    Faustin Louis L.Casaje

    1. Dear Faustin Louis L.Casaje:

      Thank you very much for your compliments. I took a while to answer your question because there is no universal answer to your question. Color combinations depend on the skin complexion, hair color, and eye color. People can be divided generally into three categories: High Contrast, Medium Contrast, and Low Contrast. Take me as an example. I fall into the category of Low Contrast because my facial complexion and hair color are similar. Because I am Low Contrast, I have to wear low contrast ensembles.

      There is an excellent article here http://www.atailoredsuit.com/understanding-contrast-shirt-color-selection.html

      I suggest you read the article and use the information and process to determine what color of shirt will best suit your skin complexion, hair color, and eye color.

      Alternatively, send me your photograph including the suit you want to wear. My email is shahzaman.mozumder@gmail.com.

      Thanks,

      Shahzaman Mozumder

      1. Dear Shahzaman Mozumder

        I do apologize for the late reply I was quite busy, however I do appreciate your reply to me regarding the color combinations and contrast in wearing suit this will be useful for future references. Now Regarding the suit I will wear I will just send it via email to your address later tonight, again thank you very much for your help and providing your email address.

        Regards
        Faustin Louis L.Casaje

    1. There are two stores in Dhaka. The main shop is at the Lobby of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, 107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Kawran Bazar, Dhaka.

      The second (and smaller) outlet is at the Holiday Villa Hotel, Road No. # 7, House No. # SW (E) 1A/2,, Gulshan 1 Model Town,, Dhaka 1212 (Opposite Spectra Convention Center; intersection of Road 7 and 8 Gulshan 1). Both the shop remain closed on Fridays and business hours are from 10 am to 8 pm. Thanks.

  12. Dear Mr. Mozumder,

    I came to know about your blog from a friend’s recommendation.I really appreciate your endeavor.

    It’s my pleasure to inform you that I’m getting married on this December, where I’m planning to wear royal blue prince coat type short Sherwani with Crimson Red handmade Pagri (As I don’t like traditional sherwani) and black/charcoal gray tuxedo in the Wallima. My height is 5.5”. I would truly appreciate your valuable comment on my choice.

    Additionally, I’d like to know if your esteem shop can make that Sherwani and tuxedo set with shirt for me. If yes, then what should be my budget.

    Thanks in advance.

  13. Hi, Mr Mozumder, can you please recommend me a suit including pant and tie which I can wear in all kind of occasions? I need to tailor a suit and have very little time about 15 days in hand. As I read your blog, I need a gray/charcoal wool, single button. Can you please tell the price range? My Email is: da.swapan.bd@gmail.com.

  14. Dear Mr. Mozumder.

    I am really really interested to know your point of view of Wearing a two button jacket with A pair of jeans. What is your opinion on this dress code?

    1. I would definitely wear a 2-button sports jacket with a pair of denim trousers for semi-casual occasions, such as, taking my family and friends to a nice restaurant, visiting an indoor fair (or even outdoors during winter), etc.

      I would not probably wear the ensemble to office (except maybe on dress-down Thursdays).

      Thanks for your comment.

      Shahzaman

  15. Dear Mr. Mozumdar!

    First of all, hats off to your tremendous effort. I stumbled upon your site while looking for the best tailor in Dhaka for suit in the Internet. I am planing to visit Dhaka in the next December and I will surely pay a visit to your tailor and have some of your suiting charisma for my own wardrobe. Stay well.

  16. Dear Sir,
    Thanks a lot for this amazing blog. I must tell you, I really admire your style-such impeccably fitted and tailored suits. I think your sense of dressing can put 95% of the young men of our generation in shame. I only recently took an interest in men’s formal dressing and then I stumbled upon your blog. I have learned so much from here, it almost amuses me that there was so much to know. My sister is going to get married in March and I’m thinking about getting a suit tailored for myself for the occasion. I have already bought the suit and shirt pieces and would love to get them tailored from Dapper. Since this will be my very first suit, it will be wonderful to have some personal guidance from a seasoned veteran like you. I hope it won’t be too much of a trouble for you. Any feedback from you will be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Asifuzzaman Rahat

  17. Dear Uncle,

    Thanks a lot for this amazing blog. I must tell you, I really admire your style- such impeccably fitted and tailored suits, and those oxfords- simply stunning. I think your sense of dressing can put 95% of the young men of our generation in shame. I only recently took an interest in men’s formal dressing and then I stumbled upon your blog. I have learned so much from here, it almost amuses me that there was so much to know. My sister is going to get married in March and I’m thinking about getting a suit tailored for myself for the occasion. I have already bought the suit and shirt pieces and would love to get them tailored from Dapper. Since this will be my very first suit, it will be wonderful to have some personal guidance from a seasoned veteran like you. I hope it won’t be too much of a trouble for you. Any feedback from you will be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Asifuzzaman Rahat

  18. Dear Sir,

    Thanks a lot for this amazing blog. I must tell you, I really admire your style- such impeccably fitted and tailored suits, and those oxfords- simply stunning. I think your sense of dressing can put 95% of the young men of our generation in shame. I only recently took an interest in men’s formal dressing and then I stumbled upon your blog. I have learned so much from here, it almost amuses me that there was so much to know. My sister is going to get married in March and I’m thinking about getting a suit tailored for myself for the occasion. I have already bought the suit and shirt pieces and would love to get them tailored from Dapper. Since this will be my very first suit, it will be wonderful to have some personal guidance from a seasoned veteran like you. I hope it won’t be too much of a trouble for you. Any feedback from you will be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Asifuzzaman Rahat

  19. Hello Mr Shahzaman

    I am here to get a suggesstion from you….
    I have completed my O levels and is going to have a Graduation on April
    the dress code is Black suit with white shirt pretty formal….
    Can u give me Suggesstion from where can i get my suit tailored in Dhaka
    And what varities can i put on the suit to get to give it a little design….

    1. Dear Fahim: You should take advantage of the promotion currently being offered by Dapper Bespoke. I own Dapper Bespoke and all the suits you see in my blog are made by Dapper. During the promotion period, you can get a bespoke half-canvas suit that normally sells at Taka 25,000 at Taka 15,000.

      The suit should be 2-button notch-lapel, 2-vents, with mildly-slanted bottom pockets. I would also recommend a higher gorge. The button stance will depend on your height. That would be my recommendations.

  20. Hello Mr. Shazaman Mazumder,

    I am a Bangladeshi-Canadian student doing an internship in Bangladesh. As a student I don’t have a large budget for buying suits. I bought a premade one from Topshop (A british company), which fit reasonably well but was not fitted to me. I was excited to find your blog and am interested in Dapper Bespoke. I was wondering if the 15,000 taka price for a half canvas bespoke suit includes materials, if not what would be approximate price for wool/cashmere wool materials? Also is there somewhere I could find a full list products and prices offered by your company?

    I look forward to meeting you,
    Best Regards,
    Mahmud Riddhi Iqbal

    1. Dear Iqbal: thank you for your comment. Our promotional offer of Taka 15,000 for half-canvas suit includes fabric, but not wool or cashmere. For a wool suit the total price would be Taka 25,000 for half canvas and Taka 33,000 for full canvas. For s wool/cashmere blend please add another 5,000. Our suits require minimum of three fittings and 15 days. Thanks, shahzaman

  21. Thank you so much for such a great article and comments! I have learned so much! Am getting married next year and was surfing through the internet to learn about suits etiquette for my fiance. I did not think I could get that much precise information. 🙂

  22. Assalamualaikam sir,

    Hey I live in sweden and its my cousins wedding, I wanted to make a suit and did not have much time on my hand i will be arriving in bangladesh the 15th of june and had a type of suit in mind as it was a summer wedding, im 5”11 and was planning of making a white or creme blazer with blue shirt and pants i have the pictures with me of the style i desire. Due to not being able to upload pictures here ill show the pictures on arrival. I was wondering how long its usually takes for you to make this.?

    1. We take 21 days for a suit. However, in case of an emergency we can shorten the time to two weeks. We need this time as our suits require a minimum of three fittings. Send us the photo so that we know what colour of fabric and style you want. Send the photo to shahzaman.mozumder@gmail.com. You can also send to my what’s up at +8801711547571 number. Thanks.

      1. Let me know your mobile number and address please. I like to talk with you.
        Thanks with regards
        Arifeen

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