When you’re shopping for a kapota, it’s hard to know whether you need something tailor-made, or if a ready-to-wear piece will work better. Here’s how to find out what’s right for you.
Buying a new kapota can be overwhelming. It’s something you’ll be wearing every week, so you want it to look good. And it’s not cheap, so you want your investment to last.
So where to begin? Do you save time and money and choose something off the rack? Is the hefty price for custom worth the money? Here’s our take on the pros and cons of each shopping route.
Will you even notice?
When it comes to wearing a kapota, it’s not only about how it looks, but also about how it feels.
When a suit fits well, it’s going to be much more comfortable to wear.
To most people, there is not much of a difference between an off-the-rack kapota and a custom one. A custom kapota might feel a little bit smoother overall, but custom finishes on a ready-to-wear piece can have the same outcome. The fittings and adjustments with a skilled tailor will make sure that the buttons are all in the right place. The goal is for a custom kapota that drapes naturally, without pulling or tension on the arms or around the buttons.
What’s your body type?
If you’re much shorter or taller than the average guy, that’s usually a sign that off-the-rack kapotas might not work as well for you. The fabric might pinch or pull in different areas, which won’t feel great. Getting custom tailoring done before taking the kapota home is the key to making sure you’re happy with the way the piece drapes.
Does fit matter?
Even if you spend on the best fabric, a suit only looks as expensive as its fit. That means if a suit fits you poorly, it doesn’t matter how much you spent. Spending that extra time getting the fit perfect is always worth it.
The cost difference is probably the single deciding factor in purchasing something ready-to-wear vs. custom. Ready to wear kapotas range from $450-$600 while custom options start at $800.
If you’re on the clock, a custom kapota might not be ready in time. Maybe you need something for a wedding next Shabbos, or maybe you want to buy something to wear that day. A custom kapota takes at least XX weeks to give enough time for the fittings, adjustments, and tailoring. There might be a few different appointments needed before you can finish it off. Buying something ready to wear is a simpler process that will be less of a time and money investment overall.
So what do you think? Are you going to spend less and go off the rack? Or do you want something customized to your taste? Whichever way you decide, you’ll love the kapotas from ShaulKapotas.com, where each piece is made of the highest quality stitching and fabric.