The AoS Fitting Garments

October 18th, 2016

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about our online fitting process, and the complimentary try-on garments we use for each client’s initial fit-assessment.

Firstly, AoS try-on garments are not a “first version” of your final garment. They are custom-made garments that are cut just for your initial fit assessment, based on the information provided in your AoS Profile and the experience of our tailoring team in cutting garments for your specific body type.

The try-on garments are only used for your first fitting (they arrive 2-4 weeks after your first purchase with AoS). Once you upload your fitting photos and share your open feedback about the fit, the try-on garments are yours to keep. They do not need to be returned.


All of our try-on garments are cut from 100% worsted wool fabric in charcoal grey, midnight blue, or black. The color is random – we don’t offer the choice of color for your complimentary try-on garments.

There are four different types of fitting garments:

  • Basted Try-On Jacket (used for suit, sportcoat & outerwear fittings)
  • Try-On Shirt (used for shirt fittings)
  • Try-On Trouser (used for suit & trouser fittings)
  • Try-On Vest (used for 3-piece suit & vest fittings)

The Basted Try-On Jacket


The try-on jacket is the only fitting garment that is “basted” – meaning it’s an unfinished “shell” of a jacket (no pockets, lining, etc) that is only used to examine your pattern on your body and dissect your specific size, shape, proportions, shoulder slopes, posture, irregularities, etc.

The basted try-on jacket is not designed to be worn.

The Try-On Shirt, Vest & Trouser


Unlike the basted try-on jacket, our try-on shirt, trouser and vest are fully finished garments. In many cases these try-on garments fit so well that our clients end-up adding them straight to their wardrobes (perhaps with a tweak at a local tailor). Consider it a free dark trouser/vest, and a free white shirt as a “welcome to the family” bonus.

For this reason, we always recommend doing a 3-piece suit and a shirt as your first order. This way we can cut and ship all 4 of your complimentary try-on garments at the same time, and you are fully measured for any AoS garments after your first order.

Our Fitting Process

For more information check out our How It WorksFAQ and Alterations Policy.

Feel free to Contact Us with any questions, concerns or requests.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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  • Nepafool

    I can’t get over how awesome this is.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks! As we discuss in our latest profile: “Its better for the world if we make less things, but make better things”.

    • Dan Trepanier


      “It’s better for the world if we make less things, but make better things”

  • Lothar

    Dan, how does the fitting procedure differ for those of us here in New York vs. clients located elsewhere? If I was a little concerned about the photo-fitting method when you were based in LA and I couldn’t visit your studio, should I feel a little more confident now that the process would/could involve a live fitting and a tape measure? Thank you.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Hey Lothar! Great question. Honestly it doesn’t make much of a difference (provided the information provided in your AoS profile is accurate). If you are a very difficult fit it could make the process faster (as we would be less likely to need to re-make the fitting garments)… If you feel more comfortable visiting in person for your first order, you are absolutely welcome to do so. Please contact us to book an appointment – we love meeting and getting to know our clients :) See you soon!

  • TO

    Definitely still wear my try-on waistcoat and shirt!

    • Reuben

      So do I TO, I got the dark Chocolate waist coat from AoS early this year, great piece (it took 2 tries to get the fit right) I still get complements (from mostly women) whenever I wear it, such as “nice vest” what color is it? it looks great, etc.
      Thank you all,

      • TO

        That’s an amazing suit/waistcoat… I went more restrained with light grey winter & summer flannel v fresco