Posts Tagged ‘Tailoring Options’

A Shirt By Any Other Name: Bespoke Vs. MTM

Author: Zachary Lowell

Bespoke Vs. Made To Measure

For the average male shopper – that is to say, the man who can appreciate a good dress shirt but isn’t obsessed with style and doesn’t have a degree in fashion design – who’s ready to make a departure from the world of off-the-rack clothing, terms like bespoke and made-to-measure shirts (MTM) can seem alternatively attractive and confusing. Although these terms are often used interchangeably, astute shoppers and philologists may be wondering if there is any difference between them – and in fact there is. Read More

Avoiding Shirt Shrinkage

Author: Zachary Lowell

Shirt Shrinkage

1994 was a pretty significant year for pop culture – it was the year O.J. Simpson’s slow speed chase made the news, Major League Baseball went on strike, Woodstock II was held in upstate New York, and the word “shrinkage” entered the active vocabulary of guys everywhere thanks to a now-classic episode of Seinfeld. But while shrinkage, as it relates to clothing, is often referred to with laughter and the occasional smirk, this all too common phenomenon can still take its toll on your custom shirts if you’re not careful. Read More

Wedding Shirts: Getting Hitched In Style

Author: Zachary Lowell

Custom Wedding Shirts

In the past, we’ve had occasion on the ShirtsMyWay blog to drop knowledge on a variety of situations where the right outfit is essential. We’ve helped you dress for a job interview, and select a suitable first date shirt; but once you’ve landed gainful employment and found the woman of your dreams, what comes next? For many guys, the next major step is going to be getting married, another event where your clothing has got to come correct. Here’s some friendly advice to help all you future hubbies find the right shirt for your joyous day. Read More

What Everyone Should Know About Dress Shirt Buttons

Author: Zachary Lowell

Shirt Buttons

As anyone new to the world of tailored men’s fashion quickly learns, people who care about dress shirts – we mean really care – can be an ornery, opinionated bunch when it comes to even the tiniest minutiae of their clothing. Case in point: buttons. Those tiny clasps most people don’t give a second thought to can spark any number of heated sartorial debates. Let’s take a look at just a few of the most common button-centered issues facing today’s most fastidious dressers and see what there is to learn for the everyman. Read More

Online Sizing Made Easy

Author: Zachary Lowell

Dress Shirt Sizes & Measuring Techniques

When it comes to getting a superb fit, made-to-measure shirts are clearly superior to their off-the-rack brethren. That is, of course, if you get the measurements right. If you have the money and the time to visit a tailor who can take your measurements for you, this shouldn’t be an issue. But for online shoppers worried about the risks and uncertainties of inputting their own measurements – rest assured, it’s not as hard as you might think. Read More

Amazing Custom Shirt Accents

Author: Zachary Lowell

Custom Shirt Accents

Many guys turn to custom dress shirts for one reason and one reason only: they want the fit to be perfect. For other men though, custom shirts present both an artistic challenge and an opportunity to make a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. But even for the most adventurous guys, finding the right place to add accents can be challenging. Let’s take a look at some of the more fun and unexpected ways to bring color and creativity to your next custom dress shirt. Read More

Fear And Clothing

Author: Zachary Lowell

Fear Of Buttons A Problem For Many

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, when it comes to buying dress shirts, some guys – namely the tall, the short, the overweight, the athletic – could definitely benefit more from custom clothing than others. For some people physical size and shape has nothing to do with their decision to see a tailor. Believe it or not, there are actually several phobias which can make wearing of-the-rack shirt shopping impossible. Let’s take a look at some of the most common. Read More

What’s The Deal With Interlining?

Author: Zachary Lowell

Shirt Collar With Interlining

At the risk of starting this post like a bad stand-up comedy joke, have you ever noticed that some collars feel stiffer than others? Well, it may not be your imagination that’s adding that extra bit of hardness to your shirts. Depending on how they are constructed, collars can vary not only in stiffness, but also style and comfort. Read More

Cutaway Collars Make Come Back

Author: Zachary Lowell

Cutaway Collar

In the past, we’ve given you the low-down on some pretty obscure collars – the detachable collar, the double collar, and the mandarin collar – but just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun when it comes to your shirt’s neck area, think again. Today we bring you yet another not-quite-mainstream collar that was once standard among royals and silver-age Hollywood stars: the cutaway. Thanks in large part to the resurgence of the “timeless” tailored look in men’s fashion, the cutaway collar is slowly making its way back onto stores shelves, with an extreme modern twist. Read More

Simple Custom Wardrobe Starters

Author: Zachary Lowell

Men's Dress Shirts

Making the leap from off-the-rack to made-to-measure clothing is a major sartorial milestone in any man’s life. Once you no longer have to hunt high and low for the right fit or suitable designs, you become the captain of your own style destiny and many guys who go the custom route are never satisfied with retail again. But, given all the custom choices out there, knowing where to begin building your wardrobe can be a huge challenge. For anyone grappling with indecision, we present some of the most versatile shirts to start with. Read More