1. The purpose
“Always decide the purpose of the suit. Is it going to be for daily wear or as a statement piece? That will help us to decide which direction to work towards in terms of the design,” says Sheryl Yeo, 28, founder and director of 3Eighth, a local customisable brand that’s been adapting elements of menswear tailoring for women since 2018.
2. The details
“Every blazer may look similar, but it’s these little touches, like the width of the lapels, that make each piece unique and different,” says Yeo. “It can also add colour and texture, for instance, a velvet lapel in a contrasting hue.”
3. The fabric weight
“This determines how your blazer drapes and falls on your body. For instance, heavier tweeds give you a more formal look as they drape better than lightweight linens,” says Amanda Lin, 30, co-founder and managing director of Inventory, a four-year-old local label that provides bespoke services.
4. The comfort
“Don’t be too influenced by trends. Whether it is the fabric, colour or style, always choose something that you’re comfortable with so you’ll get more mileage out of it,” says Lin.
3Eighth is at #02-01, 66 Circular Road, www.3eighth.co. From $750 to $825
Inventory is at #07-06 PS100, 100 Peck Seah Street, www.inventory-co.com. From $790 to $2,800
(From Left) Wool and silk blazer, US$2,141.54 (S$3,057.29), Alexander McQueen at Net-a-porter; Polyester blazer, $199, Mango; Polyester blazer, $89.90, Zara
(From Left) Organic linen and lyocell blazer, $209, H&M Conscious Exclusive at H&M; Recycled polyester blazer, $99.90, Mango; Leather blazer, price unavailable, Prada; Polyester blazer, $3,490, Balenciaga
Photography Phyllicia Wang
Styling Debby Kwong
This article was first published in Her World’s May 2020 issue.