"My first suit buying experience started poorly after making the mistake of buying online and thinking I could get it tailored to fit me, with my weird shaped body. After that failed spectacularly, Vee and I had a really good idea of what we were looking for. So I did what I should have done at the start and called our old mates down at Mandatory. As soon as I walked in the door I felt welcome and looked after. We looked through material samples and styles and eventually chose the combo for me. Every step of the way was a great time and the end result was amazing. I could not be happier with the fit, comfort and look of the suit. Thank you guys so much for making our day so much easier and more special. I felt so comfortable and happy in my suit. See you again soon!"
“I was once voted the most stylish person in the office and I’m known for my feature socks (since way before it became cool), so I was always going to want something special and a bit different for my wedding day. My now brother-in-law wore a tailor-made Mandatory suit when he took his vows and it’s fair to say my mind was made up. I did some Googling and decided on forest green. Clare scoured the globe and sourced the perfect fabric. The whole process was really engaging and personalised and I was blown away by the attention to detail. I loved the final product; I’ve never had a suit fit me so impeccably. A perfect suit for a perfect day and it looked even better next to the perfect woman!”
"I've always struggled to find clothing that fits right, cookie cutter, one size fits most just doesn't work for my physique. I was visiting Mandatory one day when Leah informed me that I would be a perfect candidate for their shorter mens range of clothing, and that they could also offer a bespoke tailor made service. A few months later when I was starting to think about an outfit for my upcoming wedding i didn't hesitate to get in touch to see if they could help. It really appealed that Mandatory are a local business and that I could deal directly with the people making the clothing. From the very first meeting I knew I was in good hands, Clare and her team were all brilliant, professional, and absolute masters of their trade. The Mandatory crew made the whole process easy and enjoyable, from selecting fabrics, colours, and suit style they made sure I was involved in every step and always kept me up to date. There was no compromise in quality, and Clare ensured everything was absolutely perfect. She took her time and explained everything ensuring that we all had a good laugh along the way. I received a tonne of good feedback on on the big day, thanks Mandatory."
- Duncan Wallace
Photographer; Caroline Atkinson
"I wear a suit to work so felt like I wanted to go one step further. I wanted a tuxedo and Clare and team at Mandatory Menswear were the consummate professionals to make it happen. Clare had some really great style suggestions which really took the suit to the next level and the fit was absolutely perfect"
“We had some specific ideas in mind for the look we wanted for our wedding in Hawaii. Clare went to the ends of the earth (literally!) to source the colour matches we wanted and the end result was exactly how we pictured it! A Mandatory suit customer of over a decade, I knew I could trust Clare and her team to come through and once again, they delivered"
We can produce and assemble outfits for clients to work with their plans. The above are examples of custom made suits for clients. We will hear the ideas, we've got garments ready-made on hand to consider and can head down the custom route as people require very specific fits or fabrics.
The table below sets out garment sizes that correspond to each other and regularly fit together. Eg. A size Medium guy typically fits a 39 or 40 cm neck dress shirt, a 96 or 100 cm chest jkt, an 88cm dress/casual pant, and this will correspond to good brand jeans as 33 inch (there are a few dodgy sized 32” sold elsewhere these days confusing the issue!)
Medium can be the hardest area to define as guys can be on the smaller or bigger side of this. Buying dress shirts; collars and neck sizes are absolute, but brands can vary in roominess, length etc. Please enquire, we stock a variety of brands and styles to cover shape and taste below the neck!
Our top sizes are considered to be good fair standard sizes and a Medium guy fits our medium casual shirts, tees and jackets generally without issue.
Our trou sizes are true to measurements. Due to our extensive involvement in tailored wear where centimetres matter, we are not generous with our waists. Ease is added to allow for pants sitting low but neat. The table is a good guide to what is likely to work on a guy whose frame is fairly in proportion.
Massa Shoe sizing: