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Definition: (of clothes) made to individual order, custom-made, tailor-made, made-to-order; or describing one who makes or sells such clothes

Pronunciation: bih-SPOKE


From bespeak, in a sense of “to speak for, to arrange beforehand.”

Why this word?

Anyone who belongs to the 1% should own at least five bespoke jackets, dresses, jeans, shoes or a combination of the four. The rest of us need to know what bespoke tailoring is so that we can be properly angry at the 1%–and let’s admit it–a little jealous, too. (But in all seriousness, please take a moment to donate your old shoes and clothes to those who can’t afford any shoes or clothes, at all. You can get in touch with the author of this post here for more information.)

How to use bespoke in a sentence?

Bespoke is an adjective used to describe clothing (and other goods) made to a customer’s specifications or the person who is making such items. It is the opposite of prêt-à-porter clothing.

“Everyone always talks about what the bride was wearing, but did you see her groom’s tux? His best friend bought him a bespoke tux as a congratulatory gesture, and it’s stunning!”

“I’d like to come in for a bespoke dress fitting. Could you find a rainbow-colored tulle to transform into a ball gown? I’ll be wearing it under an invisibility cloak, with neon accessories.”


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Written by Lauren D. Shinn

Lauren D. Shinn is a writer, law student, and fashion blogger. She studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese as an undergraduate, and also speaks fluent Korean.


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