10 things you should look for when buying your next suit

The employment demographic has changed, but traditional menswear tailors have not, meaning all that was available to women in business was high-street polyester.

This is where Gormley & Gamble steps in, home of London’s first made-to-measure tailors exclusively for women.

The following 10 things are items you should look for when buying a suit, we are the only tailors exclusively for women providing all ten. If you think they’re all important then ladies, it’s time to upgrade.


1. Sizing

Contrary to seemingly popular belief, suits should not be purchased in the same size chart as a Starbucks. Small, Medium, Large are just not enough options. Men not only get sizes but a choice of cut and length aswell. And (most of them) don’t even have boobs to contend with! Don’t buy a suit in a S,M, or L, it’s just wont fit.


2. Outer material

If you’ve ever thought your suit wasn’t keeping you warm enough then it’s probably made from an artificial fiber like polyester, rayon or viscose. Natural fibers like wool, cashmere, silk, mohair, linen and cotton have natural temperature moderating qualities – particularly cashmere, that can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


3. Inside material

Even if you think you’ve brought a quality suit because the outside is wool, check the lining material too. All the benefits of a top quality exterior are cancelled-out by a polyester lining. Gormley & Gamble only uses cupro, a cellulose fibre derived from cotton, that breathes like cotton and feels like silk.


4. Fit

If 30% of us are wearing the wrong size bra, 90% of us are wearing the wrong size suit. You wouldn’t wear a shirt like this, why are you wearing a suit like that?

A suit should fit on your shoulders, across your back and waist, over your boobs and bum, and your lapels shouldn’t break when done up. A great fit should make you feel empowered, feminine and sophisticated, not a crumpled chaos. We don’t think you should settle for a few of the above fitting, why not go all out?


5. Convenience

Hey, maybe you love Oxford Street crowds, maybe pushing and shoving is your favourite hobby – if that’s the case Gormley & Gamble isn’t the one for you.

We come to your home, office or you can come to our offices in the City or on Savile Row. Oh, and we bring champagne and your favourite flavor macaroons.


6. Real button-holes

The classic sign of a decent suit is whether the button-holes can actually be un-done. If not, it’s a clear sign of tailors cutting corners.


7. Personalisation

Pretty tough to do with any off-the-peg suit, but there is no fun in turning up to work and seeing someone in exactly the same suit. Did we mention with Gormley & Gamble’s Black Label you can choose from over 100 customizable options? Unintentional matching outfits never need to happen again.


8. Real pockets

Is there anything more infuriating than having pockets that you can’t use or can’t fit anything in? With Gormley & Gamble suits you can have up to 3 pockets on the outside and two on the inside. Jetted, flap or welted, totally up to you.


9. No commission

When we say it looks great, we mean it, and we’re not being paid to say so. Sadly we can’t say the same for that high-street store you shop in.


10. Sleeve length

Yes, it is important. But with Gormley & Gamble tall-girl problems and short-girl problems are all solved by magic (and a tape measure).

You can get all of the above with Gormley &Gamble’s made-to-measure suits, starting at £400, cheaper than some high-street stores. Any more excuses?

cocochanel-quoteIf you rightly agree that you deserve all ten, then please head on over to our website to book a fitting, we’d love to have you on board the next generation of women-in-business.



If you have any questions, comments or macaroon requests please feel free to email us on [email protected]

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