William Kissel is Fashion Editor at The Robb Report and a contributor to the Los Angles Times and The Dallas Morning News.
Just like most clothing, personal tailors and fashion consultants can be found across a broad range of prices.
Most personal tailors charge nothing for their services, but make their money off the clothing you buy. Some will visit your office twice a year, others four times a year, and all will come more often if necessary.
Image consultants unaffiliated with particular clothing companies - who help organize closets, identify wardrobe needs, and shop for you - charge fees, perhaps $50 for an initial consultation (more for a closet makeover) and 20 percent of the cost of clothing purchased on your behalf; the clothing will not be custom-tailored.
The range of prices for custom-made clothing is broad, depending on the styles and fabrics chosen. Here is a list of prices for typical items purchased by businesspeople:
Suits, $500 to $3,000. Up to $15,000 in limited edition luxury fabrics. Formal wear, add $100 to $200.
Sport coats, around two-thirds the price
of a suit.
Trousers, about one-third the price of a suit.
Topcoats, $995 to $1,995 and up.
Ties, $85 on average.
- WILLIAM KISSEL